Thursday, September 5, 2013, 7:30 – 9:00pm

Christopher Parker with David Domke
‘Change They Can’t Believe In’

Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. $5.

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ChristopherParkerAre 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 Domke,-Davidthat 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.

Presented by: Town Hall as part of the Civic series, with Elliott Bay Book Company. Series supported by The Boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True-Brown Foundation. Series media sponsorship provided by The Stranger and KUOW.
Tickets: $5.
Doors open: 6:30 pm.
Town Hall member benefits: Priority seating, discounted onsite book sales.
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  1. Shelley Bowen
    Posted August 25, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    Will a representative from a Tea Party Group be present to answer questions about their movement and to state their position? Or is this a discussion based on 2 individuals interpretation of the Tea Party Group?

    I would like to know before I purchase a ticket?

    Thank you and I have left my e-mail address

  2. John Peeples
    Posted August 28, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    I’m so sorry to have to miss this program as I’m very interested in this topic and other civic discussions. I, too, would like to know if you’ve invited any of our neighbors who can represent the local Tea Party. Theirs would be an important voice for your audience to hear.

  3. Dana Twight
    Posted September 2, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    Have any local members of the Tea Party done a similar project, based on research?

  4. Mike
    Posted September 3, 2013 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    The tea party is a group who simply wants to Eliminate Excessive Taxes, Eliminate the National Debt, Eliminate Deficit Spending, Protect Free Markets, Abide by the Constitution of the United States, Promote Civic Responsibility, Reduce the Overall Size of Government, Believe in the People, Avoid the Pitfalls of Politics, and Maintain Local Independence.
    To suggest they are racist because they don’t like Obama’s policies is ridiculous, but a common theme among liberals. Simply put the show on the other foot. George Bush was slammed by the media and most Democrats and liberals. They obviously hated the fact that he was white because they didn’t like him. Couldn’t be his ideas or policies now could it?
    To listen to Obama, Jackson and Sharpton race-bait and divide is getting so old. too many fools are still falling for it. time to move on.

    • Shoshana M
      Posted September 4, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

      From the summary, I don’t believe Professor Parker is suggesting that Tea Party supporters are racist.

    • Gary
      Posted September 4, 2013 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

      - That is what I find so distasteful about the Teaparty movement. Everything is so “simple”… I personally live in a complex world with complex problems. Those with “simple” answers most often make the problems worse… and I have no more time for those people.

    • Jeannette
      Posted September 6, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

      Thank you for bringing sanity to the discussion, Mike.

  5. Lee Zehrer
    Posted September 4, 2013 at 6:06 am | Permalink

    > Arguing Domke,-Davidthat this isn’t the first time a segment of American society has perceived the American way of life as under siege,

    Actually it is. Our American culture is what built this country into the greatest ever. Why would we now want to change it into the Mexican, African or whatever culture? We know how well those are working out.

  6. Scott Coughlin
    Posted September 4, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Permalink


  7. Stephanie Hakala
    Posted September 4, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    While discussion and the representation of differing opinions is good, it is interesting that only one side is being represented here. And it seems as if Christopher Parker has never been to a Tea Party event or talked to those who actually began the movement. Are there people who hijack these events for their fringe message? Of course. It happens everywhere. But that is the exception, not the rule. Our country is over-taxed, over-regulated and over-governed. That’s the message.

  8. Lee Zehrer
    Posted September 5, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    If you oppose these ideas then argue against them rather than accuse your opponents of being racist. I’m not with the Tea Party, I’m libertarian/Libertarian and there are things of the Tea Party I strongly disagree with. But I value a good discussion and am getting very tired of the racist card being played. If Americans were so racist why is there a black man sitting in the WH? Why are our prisons full of black men raised on welfare – that it the generosity of the American taxpayer?

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