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Give Florida Rep. Alan Grayson a Hug: The Simple Explanation Of Racism, Homophobia, and America’s Extremism

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New federal lawmaker Rep. Alan Grayson, the attorney and Florida Democrat, is quickly becoming one of our favorites. Not only is he a Republican party crasher (seriously, ZOH-MY-GOD!), but on Friday’s Real Time, he managed to explain the relationship between America’s gay community and America’s Tea Party movement. Exhibit A: Ellen DeGeneres.

Mostly challenging the views of co-panelist Matthew Continetti (author of The Persecution of Sarah Palin, ahem), Grayson spells out what’s so obvious, by what so few people will say: Much of this “unrest” in America — which, let’s remember is cyclical, and happens every time a single party secures majority power — has to do with the sense that straight white men are losing their grip on being the all powerful demographic. Exhibit B: Arizona’s immigration law.

“This is the death rattle of racism in this country,” says Grayson. “That’s why you’re seeing it in Arizona … because Arizona’s 10 or 15 years of becoming a majority-minority state. … The forces of white Christianity are fighting back.”

Scroll to the 5:25 mark in the clip above to where we get to Ms. DeGeneres, and that insta-infamous Family Feud incident (where a team’s father says Ellen hates her country, and the audience applauds), which Grayson notes is “not bizarre. … It’s the sister to racism, calling ‘being homophobic.’ … I have never heard Ellen say anything political. I don’t even know what her political views are. She was in Finding Nemo, and she played a character in Finding Nemo that couldn’t remember anything that happened more than a year ago, so I figured maybe she was a Tea Bagger.”


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