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March 31st, 2010
07:00 AM ET

How diverse is the Tea Party?

(CNN) – When you size up the crowds at Tea Party rallies diversity is not necessarily the first word that comes to mind. It's right there to see in black and white.

Minorities don't appear to be playing a significant role in the movement. As our Ed Lavandera tells us, some people believe that could be a problem for the party when America votes in November.

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  1. Tacuma Dozier

    Higher Premiums,,, Who cares..... Just as long as other poeple are able to afford healthcare. We are a selfish nations who can justify any wrongdoing we do and condemn any wrongdoing anyone else does. Whether we pay for the cost up front or in the end, we will pay for it regardless.
    This Tea Party thing is a joke. Anything or any party that lets Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh have a voice can not and will not be a party that promotes diversity or anything even close to race equality. really you want Palin to lead something. Really.

    April 1, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  2. Melon

    JB.. you need to read and learn alot before spewing.

    Clinton and the Democrats as a whole does/did more damage to the country and spent more than Bush ever thought about doing.

    NAFTA – all Clinton and Democrats- costs the country MILLIONS of jobs and BILLIONS in lost revenue.

    Repeal of the Glass-Stegall Act (deregulation of Wall St.) – Clinton's last official act as President- which led to the Wall St collapse and the bailout.

    Obama's and the Democrats health care "reform" will cost more jobs – higher taxes and higher premiums for health insurance.

    April 1, 2010 at 8:51 am |
  3. good ol boy

    ok...the race card is slam worn out! blacks are not their because they choose not to be.If you stand for good american values, good work ethics,limited govt. lower taxes,strong national defense,and individual freedom then you are certainly welcome to the tea party. The main reason they choose not to be there is actually racial to start with, but please realize its not all blacks, just the ones that still hold the grudge on the white man, and that possibly could include our president ! But black people need to realize that if they didnt get to america like they did they might not be here now, and if they did get here some other way they might have had to fight and die like our ancestors did. So actually they should thank us and be happy. I got to go to work now, have a blessed day.

    April 1, 2010 at 8:29 am |
  4. JB

    If it's not racist, then where were they before Obama became President, Bush spent like a drunken Sailor.

    April 1, 2010 at 8:04 am |
  5. Melon


    April 1, 2010 at 7:33 am |
  6. Melon

    People tend to forget that CNN (Communist News Network) always slants the "news" to the left and tries to influence it instead of just reporting it. I have watched CNN ever since it first started in 1980. Anybody that has followed CNN for any length of time can see how slanted it is.

    They run stories about how "racist" the Tea party is but then fail to run any stories on how "racist" the health care program that is being shover down the throats of Americans is.

    April 1, 2010 at 7:05 am |
  7. Mitchell

    I see the newest rating came out a couple of days ago and once again CNN is in the tank even deeper than before. I am sure you don't understand why your liberal/socolist point of view is not embraced by everyone.

    March 31, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  8. William

    Diversity my butt, the Tea Party to me is a Republican thing. How much diversity is there in it? Diversity includes EVERYBODY.

    March 31, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
  9. Charlotte W.

    The Tea Party is diverse, because they are just getting off track. I believe that NOT all people in these crowds are BAD. Many are just misled.

    The party was supposed to give you a platform, to voice your opinions, to stand up for your beliefs, and to exercise your right to Freedom of Speech.

    This was a group that had opposition to many things, in politics and in this government, and they wanted to let the President and All political parties know what their BEEF was. Then came along people carrying signs, and name calling, and spitting, and rock throwing. It's sad how so many people abuse our American rights.

    Now people have classified this group as an Army of Hate moguls. We don't understand them anymore, and I just want to stay the Hell away from them right now. People are feeding them miss information, unfounded facts, and they have out numbered the good, and have taken over, and become dangerous.

    In stead of people like Palin, Beck, and Rush trying to put out the fire, they are fanning the flames. What a shame.

    March 31, 2010 at 2:35 pm |
  10. Mick

    this is just a move to try and show that they are not racists. I don't think every tea party member is, but you do have them, and they are in every party.

    March 31, 2010 at 10:28 am |
  11. Melon

    Those without a valid argument or the intelligence to mount one yell "RACISM" .

    March 31, 2010 at 9:34 am |
  12. Mark

    The tea party is about as diverse as the KKK was/is.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:04 am |
  13. Howie

    the tea party is very very diverse!! every kind of mental illness is represented in their crowd, from the just plain delusional to the sociopaths. the medias fixation on these small radical gatherings just proves that everybody will tune in to watch a train wreck on TV.

    March 31, 2010 at 8:57 am |
  14. Melon

    Any attempts to portray a political group "racist" comes from their political opponents and is self serving.

    March 31, 2010 at 8:54 am |
  15. Chris Myles

    To occasionally see one dark face in crowds of thousands is not diverse. And to some of the racial, anti-gay, non-listening, loud & barking crowds.... I believe that the word is perverse. They do not speak for most of fact they are embarrassing with their un-American rhetoric.

    March 31, 2010 at 8:48 am |
  16. Obama 2012

    The Black American that was interviewed at the Tea Party certainly does not represent "ALL" blacks by no means!! He is definitely in denial!! He will have to learn as will Michael Steele.

    March 31, 2010 at 8:47 am |
  17. NOT RACIST????

    So those signs for Obama to go back to Kenya are just vacation ideas? ha ha

    March 31, 2010 at 8:43 am |