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Change They Can't Believe InThe Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America$
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Christopher S. Parker and Matt A. Barreto

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691163611

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691163611.001.0001

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Does the Tea Party Really Want Their Country Back?

Does the Tea Party Really Want Their Country Back?

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(p.153) 4 Does the Tea Party Really Want Their Country Back?
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Change They Can't Believe In
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Christopher S. Parker

Matt A. Barreto

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691163611.003.0005

This chapter analyzes claims made by the Tea Party's critics, who argue that the movement is one rooted in bigotry. The minority and immigrant population in America has grown dramatically, eventually leading to the election of many prominent African American, Latino, and Asian American candidates to office. At the same time, minority groups have continued to promote equal rights, especially civil rights for a range of groups, including racial/ethnic minorities, women, and sexual minorities. Yet, American history is filled with periods during which increasing visibility and calls for equal treatment among out-groups has been repeatedly met with opposition from dominant groups. The chapter calls into question whether or not Tea Party supporters see all Americans as equal members of society entitled to the same access to the American dream.

Keywords:   Tea Party, bigotry, minority, immigrants, African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, equal rights

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