Oscar winner Morgan Freeman recently called the tea party racist during an interview on CNN. Yet another despicable lie based on nothing more than repeating the failed attempts by mainstream media and Hollywood to portray the Tea Party in a negative light. Saying this over and over will not make it true. Ever.
Mr. Freeman’s comments are unfounded and disgusting. When I read in the news that he said this, my initial reaction was sadness. I’ve attended several tea parties here in the Houston area and am a proud member. I have not witnessed racism. I have witnessed unity. I have witnessed fellow citizens proud of their country. Proud of its foundation of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Proud of the Constitution and the freedoms it brings each of us. This is what I’ve witnessed at every event.
The only negativity that I’ve experienced surrounding the tea party has been from the mainstream media, from Hollywood actors and actresses and from those who have never actually attended. A friend of mine from Arizona attended one of the Houston tea parties with me last year. She was warned by her family to be careful for her safety. We’re both Latinas, you see, but I am happy to report she was safe and that she has a different viewpoint of the tea party movement than she did before she came along with me.
Photo courtesy of Ali Akbar via CNN
Yesterday, I read an opinion piece from my friend Ali Akbar to Mr. Freeman. Part of his open letter reads:
“I’ve attended dozens of tea party events. I’ve helped organize them, and I’ve even poken at a few. The tea party is not what is often depicted in the news. It is people of all colors who are terribly concerned about the direction that America is heading. We don’t trust big government to make decisions for us. And we fear that the present administration’s spending is going to lead our country down a path to insolvency, much like what Greece is currently facing.
I’m hoping that you’ll come to a tea party in Tennessee — the place of your birth. Really anywhere in the country that works for you; I’ll set it up with the one of the thousands of activists I know around our great country. I’d be delighted to introduce you to good people who will welcome you with open arms, disagree with you, and then feed you some of the best barbeque you’ve ever tasted.”