JACKSONVILLE, IL - In his weekly column for the Jacksonville Journal-Courier, Illinois College Professor Steve Hochstadt rants that tea party supporters are “intolerant and dangerous,” and accuses them of hating “poor people,” “immigrants,” and entertaining “negative beliefs about African-Americans.”
"The tea party is nothing like their namesakes," writes Hochstadt. "[t]ea party politicians don’t like people who are out of work. ...In Congress and in campaigns they consistently oppose paying unemployment insurance to the most distressed citizens, those who have been out of work for the longest time.”
“They don’t like immigrants," Hochstadt opines. "Most of those who identify with the tea party want to deport all undocumented immigrants,” they "...don’t like immigrants in general: Over half think that ‘immigrants’ take away jobs from ‘Americans.’”
According to Hochstadt, “[Tea partiers harbor] generally negative beliefs about African-Americans, ...They do not believe that all men have inalienable rights. ...They don’t like most Americans, who don’t agree with their ideas. They probably don’t like you,” he concludes.
In short, the professor believes anyone who associates with the tea party is “intolerant and dangerous.”
According to his website, Hochstadt joined Illinois College in 2006 after teaching for 27 years at Bates College in Maine. He is a weekly contributor to the Jacksonville Journal-Courier and LA Progressive.
H/T: Campus Reform