The Tea Party protests are a series of nationally-coordinated protests across the United States beginning in early 2009. The protests are part of a nascent, larger anti-tax political movement called the Tea Party movement. Among other events, protests have been held on:
- February 27, 2009: to protest the TARP bailout bill signed by Bush, and the stimulus bill then-recently passed by Congress.
- April 15, 2009: to coincide with the annual U.S. deadline for submitting tax returns, known as Tax Day,
- July 4, 2009: to coincide with Independence Day,
- September 12, 2009: to coincide with the anniversary of the day after the September 11 attacks.
- November 5, 2009: Washington D.C. again to protest the impending Health insurance vote.
- March 14-21: Several protests took place in Washington, D.C. during the final week of debate on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
- Most Tea Party activities in 2010 have been focused on opposing the efforts (supported by the Obama Administration) to enact a very broad program of changes to the health care and health insurance industries, and on recruiting, nominating, and supporting candidates for upcoming state and national elections.
Commentators promoted Tax Day events on blogs, Twitter, and Facebook, while the Fox News Channel Reaction to the tea parties included counter-protests expressing support for the Obama administration, and dismissive or mocking media coverage of both the events and its promoters regularly featured televised programming leading into and promoting various protest activities.
So the current Tea Party of 2010 have been in efforts to oppose the efforts supported by the Obama administration on healthcare and such. That brings us back to the Founder of the Springboro Tea. Which, though we do not endorse, one can follow on twitter via http://www.twitter.com/SpringboroTea
Sonny Thomas, the founder of the Springboro Tea, has been arranging Tea Party meetings in Springboro. At first their were some Republicans that sought to support and even attend some of the meetings. But after a racial slur left on the Springboro Tea Twitter account, since has been removed, those officials have chosen to pull away from supporting the group. It is reported that Shannon Jones and Linda Oda have chosen not to attend the upcoming meetings. The next meeting is scheduled for April 17th according to the tweet left at about 3:30pm on Wednesday, April 13th.
So what was the slur? After doing some research, the slur was tweeted on March 21, 2010. As stated before, the tweet has been removed. Here is the snapshot found on http://thinkprogress.org/2010/04/12/tea-party-racial-slur/
This is the tweet that caused the stir and the Primary Candidates to begin removing their names, support, and attendance to the meetings. But it doesn't stop there. Rick Sanchez, CNN News Rick's List, slammed the Springboro Tea founder. Sanchez contacted Thomas over the racial remarks. Thomas went on to speak of the comments stemming from the old Bee Gees song, "Spicks and Specks". As of right now there has been no official apology, as well. Read this article discussing Sanchez's outrage on Mediaite by clicking here.
So we are not sure if Thomas will make the upcoming Saturday protest but he has made some major local, state, and now national headlines.