I've never been to a Tea Party rally myself, even though I am in support. But I do know that more minorities and women were elected to the House in 2010 on the Republican ticket—directly supported by Tea Parties—than in a long time, and I'm not sure how news outlets missed that. Unless they're lying to you.
Shane Vander Hart over at the blog Caffeinated Thoughts posted a nice little blurb about how Herman Cain, a black conservative planning to run for President, is more unique than other Republican candidates because he was actually the product of the Tea Party. He has never before held government office—he is true grassroots.
I don't understand when news outlets claim that Tea Partiers are "violent," "racist," and "crazy." I think it's pretty clear that the platform has nothing to do with race, at all. All you have to do is compare the smiling, baby-holding, Herman Cain loving mommies in this video to the rude union protesters in Wisconsin who hit a girl, heckled an 11-year-old, and heckled a 14-year-old girl who was giving a speech. I've never once heard anything specific as to what Tea Partiers have done. Have you?
I'd like you to watch the whole speech regardless of whether you agree with what Cain is saying. I didn't agree with everything either, and I don't know yet if I'll vote for him. However, I will consider him.
Does it even need noting that the two "poster people" of the Tea Party movement are Allen West (R-FL) and Herman Cain (nominee)? If you're a person who still cares about color, both of these guys are twice as black as President Obama. There are also two women running in 2012: Michelle Bachman and Sarah Palin.
Beginning at 12:48, Cain even says that he's been called "racist," too, and I can't even imagine what that feels like.
If you've been told that Tea Partiers are fringe racists, you've obviously been lied to.