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Angry Old White Men

(Note: This column was cross-posted on The Berkeley Blog on May 28, 2010.)

The April, 2010, New York Times survey of Tea Party supporters found that they skew toward male, white, and old. Journalists’ reports on Tea Party events suggest that TPA activists skew even more those ways. The reports also suggest that TPA activists hold a wide set of grievances far beyond their objections to taxes and to Obama. They demand to have their “country back.”

It is understandable that old white men (confession: I am one) would demand their country back, because much of America’s social history is about the dispossession of old white men, about how patriarchs lost command of American life.

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