Worth ReadingBy Lloyd Marcus June 29, 2010

(Lloyd Marcus (black) Unhyphenated American, Singer/Songwriter, Entertainer, Author, Artist & Tea Party Patriot) After being interviewed as a guest on two radio programs back-to-back, I was angry and frustrated. I had to endure radio talk show hosts and callers who have never attended a tea party, tell me how racist the rallies are. Not only will this false accusation of racism not go away, it appears to be growing stronger.

Angry callers said they saw racist signs on TV and shared stories from black friends who claimed to have experienced racism at tea parties. I told one caller, "Ma'am, with all do respect, your friend is a liar." I am a black man who has attended well over 200 tea parties across America traveling on three Tea Party Express tours. I know the tone of the rallies and the types of people who attend them.

The tea party attendees are moms, dads, kids, grandparents and yes, mostly white, but they are not racist. Many even voted for Obama. They are decent hard working Americans who love their country and do not want it "transformed" into Europe. For the ga-zillionth time, I will state this truth, the tea parties are not about race!

So how has the "tea parties are racist" lie become so solidly branded into the minds of many? Then, it hit me. "It's the media, stupid." Last year I appeared on CNN fielding accusations that the tea parties are racist gatherings. During my interview, CNN showed the same sign of Obama as a witch doctor several times. Meanwhile, 99.9% of the signs on display at the rallies expressed opposition to Obama's policies only. More: