I just read this article from Whiskey And Gunpowder (which I subscribe to).
This could be (and probably is), just another baseless media slandering with aims of discrediting the entire movement.
Regardless of where the truth is in this allegation, I think it brings up a VERY good point in general.
We as Tea Party members, need to not just place our focus on the Government reform that we aim to achieve. We also need to focus on each other and ourselves. There is no quicker way to kill off our entire purpose than for the general public to decide that we are racially-motivated simply because we have the first black president in the history of the USA.
Of course we have no racial motivations. We are color-blind in our beliefs. But our practice needs to show that we are not only color-blind as believers, but also as enforcers.
Organizers of rallies/protests/etc need to pay close attention to the behavior of those attending. Especially when the likes of the media are lurking around trying to find any reason to smear us.
We are open to all freedom-loving peoples of this great country. However, it should be a priority of ours to not allow some loudmouth to spout off something stupid simply to gain some shock-value from those aimed at.
We do NOT alienate.