Ali Akbar, Tea Party activist pens an open invitation to Morgan Freeman

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    Oct 01, 2011 3:15 PM GMT
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    Dear Mr. Freeman,

    My name is Ali Akbar. I’m a 26 year-old African-American small business owner and a tea party activist. I’m not writing to rake you over the coals in the way that many conservatives have done in the last 48 hours. Heck, I wrote a passionate open-letter refuting many of your claims already, but this is not that. This is an honest and standing invitation. I do believe that you are wrong in what you said about the tea party, but I would rather prove it to you than castigate you for your comments.

    I also understand that your reflexive comments came from experience. You grew up in a different America than the one that I was blessed to be born into. We both grew up in the south, but I never saw ‘White Only’ signs. I’ve been called a name or two in my three decades, but racism has always been the exception in my life, not the rule, as it probably was in your youth. I understand your suspicion of conservative political movements. It is rooted in pain and fear and memory, and though I never saw the horrors of segregation that you did, we share that cultural heritage.

    I’ve been a fan of yours all my life. From “Driving Miss Daisy” to “Lean on Me” to “The Shawshank Redemption,” I idolized you as a boy. Growing up without a father, you were one of the strong black men in my life who gave me a model to follow. Each of the characters you played had dignity and confidence. I tried to emulate the strength you projected. While many of my friends headed down the all-too-familiar path of drugs, unwed pregnancies and crime, I’ve striven to live a life with dignity, be an example for my brothers and make my mother proud.

    My favorite of your movies was “The Power of One.” I must’ve watched it a hundred times, crying every time when your character Geel Piet was killed by the racist South African. Geel Piet was brave and heroic, even in the face of death, because he knew that the hate that killed him was a trifle in comparison to the love that PK’s anti-apartheid movement was spreading. It is with that spirit that I’m writing to you this morning.

    I’ve attended dozens of tea party events. I’ve helped organize them, and I’ve even spoken at a few. The tea party is not what is often depicted in the news. It is people of all colors who are terribly concerned about the direction that America is heading. We don’t trust big government to make decisions for us. And we fear that the present administration’s spending is going to lead our country down a path to insolvency, much like what Greece is currently facing.

    Your comments about the tea party have caused me physical pain. You’ve rekindled the old painful paradigm of Uncle Tom – that any black man who votes Republican is some kind of sellout. It’s not true. I work hard, pay my taxes, love Jesus, and I’m good to my family and community. In effect, your comments have stereotyped an entire group of people. And I know in my soul that you must regret that on some level.

    There’s already plenty of groupthink among American blacks. Over 90% of us vote Democrat with religious regularity, and we have been doing so for over fifty years. For a short time, I was one of them. I realized a few years ago that the Democrats’ promises of equality bestowed by government wasn’t working and will never work. I came to believe that redistributionist policies with the goal of social justice was essentially creating a new plantation within the federal government. Scraps might be thrown our way, but dependence on the plantation would be the inevitable result.

    Over half a century since we started voting for Democrat policies, blacks in America are worse off than before. Black Americans are more likely to get involved with drugs, go to prison, and die younger than our white counterparts. Over 70% of our children are born out of wedlock. Our abortion rate has never been higher. There are two explanations for these results. 1) Blacks are an inferior race and can’t take care of themselves. 2) Despite the best of intentions, the government has created and implemented “social justice” policies that promote perpetual dependence. I choose to believe the latter. Therefore, I have become a Republican.

    Mr. Freeman, I’m not asking you to adopt my political views. You’re in your seventies, and a political shift is not in your future. I’m reaching out to you because I want you to think better of your fellow countrymen. Barack Obama is in the White House, and Herman Cain just won the Florida straw poll. America is the land of opportunity for black Americans like never before.

    I’m hoping that you’ll come to a tea party in Tennessee — the place of your birth. Really anywhere in the country that works for you; I’ll set it up with the one of the thousands of activists I know around our great country. I’d be delighted to introduce you to good people who will welcome you with open arms, disagree with you, and then feed you some of the best barbeque you’ve ever tasted.

    Racism is an ugly thing, but I assure you that it is part of our past, not our present.

    It takes bravery to admit that you may have made a mistake. But, for Geel Piet, bravery is like breathing. It’s just something you do.

    I hope you’ll take me up on my offer.



    Sincerely,

    Ali Akbar
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    Oct 01, 2011 3:24 PM GMT
    Why are you defending racist and anti-gay Teabaggers?
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    Oct 01, 2011 3:26 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidWhy are you defending racist and anti-gay Teabaggers?


    Why are you so closed minded?
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    Oct 01, 2011 3:32 PM GMT
    He is not defending racist and anti gay teabaggers. This is just a letter from an African-American small business owner who has grown more wise about big government and the democratic party's endless broken promises about equality and a better life from big government social programs. I think it is time the LGBT community also woke up to that same harsh reality about the democratic party and the many broken promises they made to gays in the past.
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    Oct 01, 2011 3:39 PM GMT
    I'd like verification that it was a 26 year old African-American that wrote that letter.

    And Riddler, again, how many Tea Party events have you been to? We've had this discussion before, and you said none.

    The Tea Party is a movement full of hate, racism, and discrimination. I'm sorry, there's just no way around it.
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    Oct 01, 2011 3:39 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidI think it is time the LGBT community also woke up to that same harsh reality about the democratic party and the many broken promises they made to gays in the past.

    And embrace the Right-Wing, which is pledged to deny all civil rights to gays? According to the official Republican Party platforms at State & Federal level, that deny rights to gays in writing, even some that seek to make being gay a crime, and not to overlook the public statements of prominent Republicans against gays. Well there's a good trade-off, isn't it?

    Democrats haven't done enough for us, so let's all vote for our most vocal & vicious opponents instead. Makes sense to me!!! icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Oct 01, 2011 3:45 PM GMT
    Probably if more of us would become an increasingly large voting group in the GOP, all those anti-gay platforms on the state and federal level would most likely get repealed in due time. As for making being gay a crime, that is highly unlikely, you are just paranoid believing all that nonsensical propaganda.

    Along with the blacks and Hispanics, most gays will continue to support the political party of big government, failed social programs, and broken promises. Yeah that is really intelligent. Ha.
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    Oct 01, 2011 3:48 PM GMT
    More intelligent than a party who wants to set us back 100 years.

    You really don't know what the Republican Party is all about do you? Here RoadbikeMike - there's a going to be a dinner for the who's who of southern Republicans, I think next week - in Montgomery, Ala. Why don't you go on out there and share some of your ideas with them?


    roadbikeRob saidProbably if more of us would become an increasingly large voting group in the GOP, all those anti-gay platforms on the state and federal level would most likely get repealed in due time. As for making being gay a crime, that is highly unlikely, you are just paranoid believing all that nonsensical propaganda.

    Along with the blacks and Hispanics, most gays will continue to support the political party of big government, failed social programs, and broken promises. Yeah that is really intelligent. Ha.
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    Oct 01, 2011 3:53 PM GMT
    ConfederateGhost saidI'd like verification that it was a 26 year old African-American that wrote that letter.

    And Riddler, again, how many Tea Party events have you been to? We've had this discussion before, and you said none.

    The Tea Party is a movement full of hate, racism, and discrimination. I'm sorry, there's just no way around it.


    Try following the link. There's a lot of ways around it considering it was Herman Cain who won the straw vote - or did you miss that? There's no way around it. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Oct 01, 2011 3:56 PM GMT
    Yeah, okay Riddler. Cain won the Fla STRAW POLL so he obviously is going to carry Fla and every other Tea Party state, right?

    Discussing things with you is pointless. You are perfectly satisfied passing around information that you've shown a lack of understanding about...and for the most part I doubt you even have first-hand experience with.

    But now...I'm satisfied with just letting you be ignorant.

    Have a nice on Riddler.
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    Oct 01, 2011 4:01 PM GMT
    ConfederateGhost saidYeah, okay Riddler. Cain won the Fla STRAW POLL so he obviously is going to carry Fla and every other Tea Party state, right?

    Discussing things with you is pointless. You are perfectly satisfied passing around information that you've shown a lack of understanding about...and for the most part I doubt you even have first-hand experience with.

    But now...I'm satisfied with just letting you be ignorant.

    Have a nice on Riddler.


    You've shown next to no evidence that you know what you're talking about. Insofar as at least the facts are concerned you've shown yourself either woefully ignorant or blatantly misleading - like in the case of Halliburton and Cheney. So you want us to take you at your word for the racism of the tea party like you wanted me to take your word on Cheney. Sorry, not buying and if that's what qualifies as "ignorance" in your world, so be it.
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    Oct 01, 2011 4:03 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidThis is just a letter from an African-American small business owner who has grown more wise about big government and the democratic party's endless broken promises about equality and a better life from big government social programs.
    Really.............. I just did about 10 minutes of background on this guy.. He isnt what you describe.

    He embellishes everything about himself and has been 'drunk' with activism for the last 4 years.. Notice the word "drunk" in my sentences?

    Go do your own research.
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    Oct 01, 2011 4:09 PM GMT
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    roadbikeRob saidThis is just a letter from an African-American small business owner who has grown more wise about big government and the democratic party's endless broken promises about equality and a better life from big government social programs.
    Really.............. I just did about 10 minutes of background on this guy.. He isnt what you describe.

    He embellishes everything about himself and has been 'drunk' with activism for the last 4 years.. Notice the word "drunk" in my sentences?

    Go do your own research.


    Are you saying he couldn't possibly be legitimate and black? Or are you more offended that he's black and a tea party activist?
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    Oct 01, 2011 4:13 PM GMT
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    TropicalMark said
    roadbikeRob saidThis is just a letter from an African-American small business owner who has grown more wise about big government and the democratic party's endless broken promises about equality and a better life from big government social programs.
    Really.............. I just did about 10 minutes of background on this guy.. He isnt what you describe.

    He embellishes everything about himself and has been 'drunk' with activism for the last 4 years.. Notice the word "drunk" in my sentences?

    Go do your own research.


    Are you saying he couldn't possibly be legitimate and black? DID I SAY THAT? Can you READ?Or are you more offended that he's black and a tea party activist?
    Did I say that? Can you READ?
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    Oct 01, 2011 4:16 PM GMT
    TropicalMark said
    riddler78 said
    TropicalMark said
    roadbikeRob saidThis is just a letter from an African-American small business owner who has grown more wise about big government and the democratic party's endless broken promises about equality and a better life from big government social programs.
    Really.............. I just did about 10 minutes of background on this guy.. He isnt what you describe.

    He embellishes everything about himself and has been 'drunk' with activism for the last 4 years.. Notice the word "drunk" in my sentences?

    Go do your own research.


    Are you saying he couldn't possibly be legitimate and black? DID I SAY THAT? Can you READ?Or are you more offended that he's black and a tea party activist?
    Did I say that? Can you READ?


    Why do you hate that he's black?
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    Oct 01, 2011 4:21 PM GMT
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    Art_Deco saidWhy are you defending racist and anti-gay Teabaggers?


    Why are you so closed minded?


    Answer the question riddler. Stop avoiding the question. Y ru defending racist and anti gay tea baggers?
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    Oct 01, 2011 4:24 PM GMT
    Because TropicalMark is a typical extremist liberal hen, completely brainwashed by the propaganda coming out of the democratic party. Go figure.
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    Oct 01, 2011 4:28 PM GMT
    riddler78 said
    TropicalMark said
    riddler78 said
    TropicalMark said
    roadbikeRob saidThis is just a letter from an African-American small business owner who has grown more wise about big government and the democratic party's endless broken promises about equality and a better life from big government social programs.
    Really.............. I just did about 10 minutes of background on this guy.. He isnt what you describe.

    He embellishes everything about himself and has been 'drunk' with activism for the last 4 years.. Notice the word "drunk" in my sentences?

    Go do your own research.


    Are you saying he couldn't possibly be legitimate and black? DID I SAY THAT? Can you READ?Or are you more offended that he's black and a tea party activist?
    Did I say that? Can you READ?


    Why do you hate that he's black?
    DID I SAY THAT? Where?
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    Oct 01, 2011 4:28 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidBecause TropicalMark is a typical extremist liberal hen, completely brainwashed by the propaganda coming out of the democratic party. Go figure.


    I want to know the answer. Riddle is avoiding the question.
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    Oct 01, 2011 4:29 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidBecause TropicalMark is a typical extremist liberal hen, completely brainwashed by the propaganda coming out of the democratic party. Go figure.
    Sorry SB, but the information I got was from a GOP site!
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    Oct 01, 2011 4:30 PM GMT
    TropicalMark said
    riddler78 said
    TropicalMark said
    riddler78 said
    TropicalMark said
    roadbikeRob saidThis is just a letter from an African-American small business owner who has grown more wise about big government and the democratic party's endless broken promises about equality and a better life from big government social programs.
    Really.............. I just did about 10 minutes of background on this guy.. He isnt what you describe.

    He embellishes everything about himself and has been 'drunk' with activism for the last 4 years.. Notice the word "drunk" in my sentences?

    Go do your own research.


    Are you saying he couldn't possibly be legitimate and black? DID I SAY THAT? Can you READ?Or are you more offended that he's black and a tea party activist?
    Did I say that? Can you READ?


    Why do you hate that he's black?
    DID I SAY THAT? Where?


    When you start to understand the problems with white privilege, let me know.
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    Oct 01, 2011 4:33 PM GMT
    riddler78 said
    TropicalMark said
    riddler78 said
    TropicalMark said
    riddler78 said
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    roadbikeRob saidThis is just a letter from an African-American small business owner who has grown more wise about big government and the democratic party's endless broken promises about equality and a better life from big government social programs.
    Really.............. I just did about 10 minutes of background on this guy.. He isnt what you describe.

    He embellishes everything about himself and has been 'drunk' with activism for the last 4 years.. Notice the word "drunk" in my sentences?

    Go do your own research.


    Are you saying he couldn't possibly be legitimate and black? DID I SAY THAT? Can you READ?Or are you more offended that he's black and a tea party activist?
    Did I say that? Can you READ?


    Why do you hate that he's black?
    DID I SAY THAT? Where?


    When you start to understand the problems with white privilege, let me know.
    Uh.. finding out that this guy isnt what you decribed has nothing to do with 'race' or 'white privilege'.. just the facts ma'am!

    Quit trying to veer off course and change the topic.
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    Oct 01, 2011 4:35 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidWhy are you defending racist and anti-gay Teabaggers?



    Not that anyone should have to defend who/what they are defending to you or anyone else. The fact of the matter is that Morgan Freeman made a generalization about The Tea Party that was yet another misleading if not completely false representation of it as a whole.



    Art_Deco said
    And embrace the Right-Wing, which is pledged to deny all civil rights to gays?


    More false misrepresentations by you in your effort to ignore facts and mislead others. You cannot generalize an entire party and every politician within it based on the actions of some of their members or even a few states. You can't even claim that ALL of the Republican candidates running for President want to "Deny all civil rights to gays". There are many Republicans who would never condone such a thing, so to they are "pledged" to do so is patently false
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    Oct 01, 2011 4:49 PM GMT
    TropicalMark said
    riddler78 said
    TropicalMark said
    riddler78 said
    TropicalMark said
    riddler78 said
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    roadbikeRob saidThis is just a letter from an African-American small business owner who has grown more wise about big government and the democratic party's endless broken promises about equality and a better life from big government social programs.
    Really.............. I just did about 10 minutes of background on this guy.. He isnt what you describe.

    He embellishes everything about himself and has been 'drunk' with activism for the last 4 years.. Notice the word "drunk" in my sentences?

    Go do your own research.


    Are you saying he couldn't possibly be legitimate and black? DID I SAY THAT? Can you READ?Or are you more offended that he's black and a tea party activist?
    Did I say that? Can you READ?


    Why do you hate that he's black?
    DID I SAY THAT? Where?


    When you start to understand the problems with white privilege, let me know.
    Uh.. finding out that this guy isnt what you decribed has nothing to do with 'race' or 'white privilege'.. just the facts ma'am!

    Quit trying to veer off course and change the topic.


    So says the guy full of vague intimations and non sequiturs.