teabaggers and… indians??

heap big bullshit going on here

heap big bullshit going on here

Rob Schmidt didn’t mince words on his blog about Wednesday’s (Apr 15) “national teabag day” in the U.S. of A. He didn’t like it. But he was incensed that some of the protesters would “misuse Indian imagery” with insulting (if not laughable) results. I figure you sometimes gotta laugh or… well, club a seal or something. (stop.  i take that back).

Take a gander at some of the slogans he saw on their signs and you’ll see what he means:

“On Warpath Against More Taxes!”
“Paleface Taxes Too High”
“Let Little Brave Keep Wampum”

Yeah.  O…kay. What to say about stuff like that.

Read the whole post at his site.

Schmidt publishes several sites including Blue Corn Comics, Indian Comics Irregular, and Pictographs (on Indigenous languages) – and more. I stumbled across them some time ago but lost touch. His post on the “teabaggers” and their flop of a national protest brought me back. He has an Indigenous following and wrote this about one question from a Native American:

One person even asked what tribe I am. I smiled and said the tribe of Anglo-Saxons. I then explained how writing about Indians lets me address the political, social, and cultural issues I care about.

I think I’ll just mosey on over there a bit more from now on. Yup.



Filed under Aboriginal peoples, humour, Indigenous peoples, Indigenous rights, racism, United States

7 responses to “teabaggers and… indians??

  1. The current counts on the tax protests are well over 200,000. That’s far from a flop. It also silences the critics who said that these “orchestrated” protests were tiny compared to the “grassroots” anti-war protests of the Bush era….. which happened to have fewer people than the tax protests.

    But yes the use of the fake costume Indian look and slogans was quite repellant, and everyone seems to agree on that.

  2. shmohawk

    I called it “flop” (although I might have used “Fox News Follies”) for two reasons.

    The first was “this assessment” by a Canadian journalist.
    Turnout tepid in U.S. for modern-era’tea parties
    Anti-tax protests elicit few ‘tea-baggers’
    Chris Parry, Vancouver Sun
    Published: Wednesday, April 15, 2009

    The second was this quote in story from “an American news source”:

    Although organizers insisted they had created a nonpartisan grass-roots movement, others argued that these parties were more of the Astroturf variety: an occasion largely created by the clamor of cable news and fueled by the financial and political support of current and former Republican leaders.

  3. Welcome back to Newspaper Rock, Shmohawk!

    Here’s some more info for my pal DMarks:


    A Fox News-hyped U. S. anti-tax movement has failed to bring about the “popular uprising” its creators had hoped for.

    The day of “tea parties,” pushed by Republican operatives and partisan advocacy groups such as FreedomWorks, which sought to protest U. S. President Barack Obama government’s tax and stimulus policies by encouraging people to”wave tea bags,” brought about only a few hundred “tea-baggers” in most parts of the U. S., despite relentless promotion by Fox News TV hosts.

    Participants had hoped to rally hundreds of thousands of people to begin a grassroots movement that would force Obama to change government policy. But the turnout was far from what was hoped for, especially compared to the 2006 immigrants’ rights rallies or the 2004 pro-choice march on Washington, both of which attracted millions.

    About 4,000 people are reported to have shown up in Cincinnati, Ohio, while Chicago drew an estimated 5,000 protesters and Des Moines, Iowa, drew 3,000. Farmingville, N. Y., drew 50 hardy souls.


    Last but not least: it turns out that the tea parties don’t represent a spontaneous outpouring of public sentiment. They’re AstroTurf (fake grass roots) events, manufactured by the usual suspects. In particular, a key role is being played by FreedomWorks, an organization run by Richard Armey, the former House majority leader, and supported by the usual group of right-wing billionaires. And the parties are, of course, being promoted heavily by Fox News.

    But that’s nothing new, and AstroTurf has worked well for Republicans in the past. The most notable example was the “spontaneous” riot back in 2000 — actually orchestrated by G.O.P. strategists — that shut down the presidential vote recount in Florida’s Miami-Dade County.

  4. shmohawk

    I notice both of you (Schmidt and dmarks) are going at each over at your own blogs.

    Thanks for dropping by.

  5. DMarks and I disagree sometimes, but it’s usually friendly.

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