Uni-Tease: Scenes From The Tea Party’s Failed Diversity Day

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1||July 31, 2010: Tea Partiers gather in Independence Park in Philadelphia for “Uni-Tea,” billed as the most diverse Tea Party ever. In reality, the vast majority of attendees ranged from “pretty white” to “really, really white,” though the event did feature thirteen speakers, nine of whom were minorities. Of course, TPM was on the scene to document the Tea Party’s latest attempt to prove how not-racist they are…

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3||Conservative rapper Hi-Caliber, who performed at Uni-Tea, meets Andrew Breitbart. Breitbart was one of the featured speakers. He spoke about the “media bully cabal” that wants to falsely paint Tea Partiers as racists, and then repeatedly ducked TPM’s questions about the Shirley Sherrod incident.||Jillian Rayfield/TPM&&

4||Attendees stand for the National Anthem. ||Jillian Rayfield/TPM&&

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6||The Bangers, a band comprised entirely of conservative veterans.||Jillian Rayfield/TPM&&

7||Jeffrey Weingarten, the New Jersey man who organized Uni-Tea. ||Jillian Rayfield/TPM&&

8||Brendan Kissam and Matt Hissey, who say they are “the Gayborhood’s envoy to the tea party.”||Jillian Rayfield/TPM&&

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10||Mark Hutchinson carries New Jersey’s state flag, which says “liberty and prosperity.”||Jillian Rayfield/TPM&&

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12||Emcee David Webb introduces speaker Andre Harper, who says in his speech: “The more liberals talk about race, the more they show who the real racists are. It’s 2010. The tea party has officially moved on passed the race issue. The liberals can have it.”||Jillian Rayfield/TPM&&

13||Rapper Jericho Saliz asks attendees to wave their hands. So they do.||Jillian Rayfield/TPM&&

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16||Jon “David” Kahn is introduced by Breitbart before playing his song, “American Heart.”||Jillian Rayfield/TPM&&

17||A man dressed as a Tea Partier drinks what may be Vitamin Water, but is definitely not tea.||Jillian Rayfield/TPM&&

18||Singer Ava Aston sings the National Anthem.||Jillian Rayfield/TPM&&

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