Are Tea Party supporters merely conservative citizens concerned about government spending? Or are they racists who refuse to accept Barack Obama as their president because he’s not white? Christopher Parker, professor of Social Justice and Political Science at the University of Washington, offers an alternative argument: The Tea Party is driven by the re-emergence of a reactionary political movement fueled by fear that America is being stolen from “real Americans.” Arguing that this isn’t the first time a segment of American society has perceived the American way of life as under siege, Parker (top photo), co-author of Change They Can’t Believe In, draws connections between the Tea Party and right-wing reactionary movements of the past to examine the Tea Party’s motivations and political implications. Parker is joined in conversation by David Domke (lower photo), Chair of the University of Washington Department of Communications.
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