Well, finally, one black GOP member has come to his senses and stepped down as a GOP official in Arizona. But, it took a little help from those who he had pledged allegiance and loyalty to within the Republican party…the Tea Party. Arizona Tea Partyers had begun to threaten his life and the lives of his family members. And the finishing touch on changing his mind was the shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), who is still in the fight of her life to recover from a gunshot wound to her head.
Now, Anthony Miller, 43, the first and only black Republican Party district chairman in Arizona resigned from his post after the mayhem that took the lives of six people and injured 14, including Giffords on Saturday. Miller told the Huffington Post that his wife feared for their lives. That was the final straw for him and he decided to resign. He had ruffled the feathers of the Arizona Tea Party when he worked on John McCain’s Senate campaign last year. (McCain simply is not white enough for the Tea Party…go figure.) They were on the side of his opponent J.D. Hayworth.
The reality of the fury the Tea Party is building against, not Anti-Americans–as Ann Coulter and Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.) would have you believe– but, anyone who defies traditional white privilege this country was built on. They are racial extremists, as a part of their near Nazi like ultra conservative ideas and they have helped fuel the shooting rampage that took the lives of those six victims in Arizona. If anyone is a poster child for the Tea Party it is Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann. Palin just chooses to appear less sinister in her intentions. Bachmann, well, the Turks (an online watchgroup) take the time to break down a letter that Bachmann wrote that explains my sentiment on her.
It is amazing to me that Arizona–with all its racist antics, most notably not recognizing MLK’s birthday– could produce a black republican as fiercely loyal as Miller. And while he is stepping down, he is still quite clear about his love for the republican party and contends that the disapproval from the Tea Party is not necessarily rooted in racism. He said he “can’t draw a conclusion.” He’s said that a lot of people label him a RINO (Republican in name only) and he considers that to be just as much an insult as the N-word. Where is the Drop Squad when you need them?
Read here for more on Miller and others decisions to step down from their posts. Also, check out the letter from Michelle Bachmann as presented by The Turks.