Andrew Young: Tea party motivated by ‘nativism’

AJC columnist Jim Galloway reports that in an interview with ABC News, former Atlanta mayor and Civil Rights legend Andrew Young was asked what he thought about the tea party movement:

[H]e’ll all but tell you it’s one sign the country hasn’t reached a post-racial era.

“Without making a moral judgment about it, let’s just say ethno-centrism runs so deep in America that we are hardly beyond this,” he said….

The tea party “is motivated by a nativism — an appeal to the good old days and people who are anxious about change and want to go back to the way they would like to think things were.”

Young, 78, was plugging a new book, “Walk in My Shoes,” that he’s co-authored with his godson, Kabir Sehgal.

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May 26th, 2010
10:39 am

Typical response. Rather than addressing the points that the Tea Party is taking issue with (extreme deficit, healthcare, more government, etc.), Mr. Young plays the race card that anyone who disagrees with Obama must be a racist. The Tea Party is also disagreeing with Pelosi and Reid, who, by the way, are not of African descent.


May 26th, 2010
10:48 am

I’m with you Mike. It’s always about race when you don’t agree with them… never about the deficit or the POTUS tap-dancing all over the Constitution.


May 26th, 2010
11:21 am

I have to agree with Andrew Young. Its not about taxes because we are paying the least amount of taxes today in over 60 years. Bush and Reagan boosted the national debt from 900 billion dollars to over 10 trillion dollars and guess what: No tea Party Movement. Warrantless wire taps which are unconstitutional: No tea Party Movement. The Tea Party is a right wing movement that is all about taking back the country to 1963, They do not recognize the country they love as soon as a man who seems foreign to them is in charge of the country. Both Republicans(national defense) and Democrats(Social Programs) are for big government and the tea party are voting and placing republican candidates. Hypocrites.


May 26th, 2010
11:25 am

Back to 1963? Ok do you know what was going on from 1863-1963 through today?


May 27th, 2010
1:47 am

I am a young (relative) person who grew up after the Andrew Young hey-day and was a long admirer of his and his work in the Civil Rights movement. I understand that some people might expect this kind of thing from him, but I held out hope that he might be different. Apparently not.

I must say that Mike’s point only seems to be confirmed by Democrats actions, over and over again. If they disagree, they malign the character. Clarence Thomas, Robert Bork, Sarah Palin…some day this strategy will not work and when that day comes, Democrats will be in trouble.


May 27th, 2010
12:26 pm

The Tea Party is not a “movement”. It is a corporate-backed astroturfing outfit with the goal of eliminating any regulation over corporations like BP and Goldman-Sachs by masking the effort as a popular uprising. They set up front groups to funnel corporate cash into organization, transportation, “homemade-appearing” placards and other populist camouflage. Left wing outfits do it, too. Both are deliberately deceptive.

Karl Marx

May 28th, 2010
6:59 am

Well Curious and Mel I suggest you move to Cuba and live in the progressive utopia you desire. Please take poor Andy Young with you. He’s not been happy since Carter got kicked out of office by Reagan.

Andrew Young = Shameless Sellout

May 29th, 2010
2:25 am

His principles are for sale to the highest bidder.

He was a hired spokesman for Wal-Mart, helping to convince communities that Wal-Mart is good for their small town.

He did work for Nike, producing a report showing that working conditions at their factories in Vietnam, China, and Indonesia are like Disneyland….seriously. He got paid $$$ and concluded that everything is perfect in all Nike shoe plants.

Look into the lobbying Young has done for the government of Nigeria…

He has a pattern of making some rather unpredictable political endorsements….