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Tea Party Politics and Arizona's History of Hate (3 posts)

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Tea Party Politics and Arizona's History of Hate (3 posts)

1. Tea Party Group Blames 'Leftist' for Giffords Shooting
   (Garance Franke-Ruta on TheAtlantic.com)
   
2. Arizona's History of Hate: A Timeline
   (Jamilah King in ColorLines)

3. Children Becoming Collateral Damage
   (Laura Flanders in TheNation.com blog)

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Tea Party Group Blames 'Leftist' for Giffords Shooting

by Garance Franke-Ruta

The Atlantic

January 9, 2011 -- 1:49 PM ET

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/01/tea-party-group-blames-leftist-for-giffords-shooting/69153/

cross-posted on the Cuentame Facebook page
http://www.facebook.com/cuentame?v=app_11007063052#!/notes/cuentame/is-the-blame-game-appropriate-tea-party-group-blames-leftists-for-giffords-shoot/486496362610

Showing no sign of tamping down on divisive political
rhetoric in the wake of the shooting of 20 people that left
six dead in Tucson Saturday, the Tea Party Nation group e-
mailed its members Sunday warning them they would be called
upon to fight leftists in the days ahead and defend their
movement.

TPN founder Judson Phillips, in an article linked off the e-
mail "The shooting of Gabrielle Giffords and the left's
attack on the Tea Party movement," described the shooter as
"a leftist lunatic" and Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik
as a "leftist sheriff" who "was one of the first to start in
on the liberal attack." Phillips urged tea party supporters
to blame liberals for the attack on centrist Democratic Rep.
Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, who was shot through the head
and is now fighting for her life, as a means of defending
the tea party movement's recent electoral gains.

"The hard left is going to try and silence the Tea Party
movement by blaming us for this," he wrote. Clinton used the
1995 Oklahoma City bombing to "blame conservative talk
radio, especially Rush Limbaugh" and "The tactic worked
then, backing conservatives off and possibly helping to
ensure a second Clinton term."

"The left is coming and will hit us hard on this. We need to
push back harder with the simple truth. The shooter was a
liberal lunatic. Emphasis on both words," he wrote.

The Tea Party Nation is the sponsor of the Tea Party
Convention at which former GOP vice presidential nominee
Sarah Palin was the keynote speaker in February 2010.
"America is ready for another revolution!" Palin told the
assembled at the conference, to standing ovations.

Other tea party groups took a less combative tone. Tea Party
Express Chairwoman Amy Kremer said Saturday her group was
"shocked and saddened" by the "terrible tragedy."

"These heinous crimes have no place in America, and they are
especially grievous when committed against our elected
officials. Spirited debate is desirable in our country, but
it only should be the clash of ideas," Kremer said in a
statement published by the New York Times. "An attack on
anyone for political purposes, if that was a factor in this
shooting, is an attack on the democratic process. We join
with everyone in vociferously condemning it."

[Garance Franke-Ruta is a senior editor at The Atlantic and
oversees politics coverage for TheAtlantic.com ]

==========

Arizona's History of Hate: A Timeline

by Jamilah King

ColorLines.com

January 11 2011

http://colorlines.com/archives/2011/01/arizonas_history_of_hate_a_timeline.html

Shortly after Gov. Jan Brewer signed SB 1070 into law, the
state of Arizona became jokingly known in some progressive
circles as the "new Mississippi." Of course, this didn't
change the fact that Mississippi is still Mississippi. But
the comparison was based on the idea that Arizona had become
to the modern immigrant rights movement what Mississippi was
to its civil rights predecessor over four decades earlier:
ground zero for the political and cultural changes sweeping
the rest of the country. And the defiant, often violent,
backlash that comes with it.

According to activists at Alto Arizona, last Saturday's
deadly shooting rampage in Tucson is just the latest in a
string of violent political acts dating back over two
decades in the state. They've put together a timeline dating
back to 1987 showing that Arizona's status as a rouge state
isn't new. It includes Sheriff Joe Arpaio's lawlessness in
Maricopa County and the horrific murder of a 9-year-old girl
and her father by Minuteman activists, and much more. Check
out the timeline, which we've posted above, and add your own
story.
http://prezi.com/doz0js1hj3rv/a-history-of-hate-political-violence-in-arizona/

==========

Children Becoming Collateral Damage

The F Word
by Laura Flanders

TheNation.com blog

January 10, 2010

http://www.thenation.com/blog/157609/children-becoming-collateral-damage

Christina-Taylor Green was nine years old. She was born on
September 11, 2001. She died on January 8, 2011 in Tucson,
along with a federal judge and four others in a shooting
targeting her Congresswoman. Green had recently been elected
to student council. She was going to meet Congresswoman
Gabrielle Giffords, who remains hospitalized, a bullet
having passed through her brain. Christina was the only girl
on her Little League team. Fred Phelps and his Westboro
Baptist Church, fresh from picketing Elizabeth Edwards'
funeral, plans to picket hers.

Brisenia Flores was nine years old. She died on May 30, 2009
in Arivaca, Arizona, when Minutemen (and women) charged into
her home and shot her and her father. She was a
conscientious student, popular with her classmates, who
spend extra time at the community center making beaded
earrings for her mother for Mother's Day. The Minutemen
American Defense group whose members killed her calls itself
a "civilian defense corps" and polices the U.S. border for
undocumented immigrants.

Ali Kinani was nine years old. He died on September 16, 2007
in Baghdad, Iraq, the youngest victim in a Blackwater
shootout that killed at least seventeen. Ali's parents
supported the US invasion and deposition of Saddam Hussein,
and when passing through checkpoints he liked to stick his
head out the window and tell the police, "I'm in the Special
Forces." He still slept on his father's arm every night.
Criminal charges were dismissed against the Blackwater
guards, and they settled one civil case.

What all of these children have in common is that they were
killed by American guns, with American bullets and American
shooters. Their motives might have been different, and it is
likely that none of the shooters meant to kill a nine-year-
old child, but when firing into a crowd or a dark home
becomes acceptable, when anger is stoked and fear and hate
nightly news, there's something deeply wrong. Demonizing
immigrants and Muslims, gays and lesbians, even one's
political opponents, has deadly consequences. Nine-year-old
children are the collateral damage of our political culture
at large.

[Former Air America Radio host, Laura Flanders is the host
and founder of GRITtv with Laura Flanders a daily talk show
for people who want to do more than talk. She is the author
of the New York Times best-seller, BUSHWOMEN: Tales of a
Cynical Species (Verso, 2004) and Blue GRIT: True Democrats
Take Back Politics from the Politicians  (Penguin Press,
2007.)   A regular contributor on MSNBC, Flanders has
appeared on shows from "Real Time" with Bill Maher to Bill
O'Reilly's "The Factor." Flanders is the editor of the At
the Tea Party the Wing nuts, Whack jobs and Whitey-whiteness
of the New Republican Right...and Why we Should Take it
Seriously (October 2010, OR books.)  For more information,
go to LauraFlanders.com or GRITtv.org.]

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