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Thread: A Tea Party's Good Will In Ferguson Is Underrported *update*

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    A Tea Party's Good Will In Ferguson Is Underrported *update*

    After Hearing What a Tea Party Group Recently Did in Ferguson, You Likely Won’t Be Surprised That You Haven’t Heard About It

    The story won’t spark controversy or make many front pages, but there is some good happening in Ferguson, Missouri, in the aftermath of the unrest following the police-involved shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

    Many local businesses in Ferguson were vandalized, looted, and even set on fire as demonstrators took to the streets to protest the shooting. Sadly, innocent business owners have been left to foot the bills. This is where the St. Louis Tea Party realized they could help.

    The group spread the word of the “BUYcott” event on Facebook, hoping to get at least 20 people to show up and spend their hard-earned money at local Ferguson businesses on August 21. They apparently ended up with a group of about 40 “(mostly) white people” — and something amazing happened.

    Members of St. Louis Tea Party with Dellena, owner of 911 Beauty Salon in Ferguson (Credit: Bill Hennessy/Facebook)
    They reportedly targeted small businesses who “were hit hard by violence–violence committed (mostly) by out of town agitators, criminals, vandals, and hooligans.”

    Bill Hennessy, one of the tea party members who attended the event, later wrote about his experience in Ferguson and how their presence made residents rethink their preconceived notions of the tea party:

    A gentlman (my age) in the salon (husband?) asked who we were with. I told him “St. Louis Tea Party.”

    “Tea party?” he said. “You bad boys,” and chuckled. Then he looked at me, very serious. He said, “The tea party came up here to do this?”

    “Oh, yeah,” I said. “we don’t want to see Ferguson go south.”

    He laughed. And he looked at me. Then he was quiet, lost in thought for a minute. When he came out of it, he was like our best friend. Laughing, giving us crap about stuff, telling stories. He admitted baseball can be like “watching grass grow.”

    In that moment of reflection, I’m sure he was trying to reconcile “tea party” with what he was seeing–four white people, ages 18 to 50, laughing, spending money, empathizing.

    That moment made the whole event worthwhile.

    Here's our first stop on the Ferguson BUYcott: Dellena's 911 Beauty Salon. Lovely, wonderful people who need your support. VIDEO LINKED -- >>http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014...eard-about-it/

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    This can't be true. I've been repeatedly told that Tea Party people are nothing but racists. And black Tea Party people like Herman Cain and Allan West, are Uncle Toms.

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    Re: A Tea Party Group's Good Will In Ferguson Is Underrporte

    Believe what the Masters tell you to believe,... and you will never know the truth.

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    Re: A Tea Party's Good Will In Ferguson Is Underrported *upd

    ‘It was a blessing’: Ferguson business owner explains the impact of St. Louis Tea Party ‘BUYcott’

    For much of the month of August, the news cycle was filled of accounts of looting and rioting in Ferguson, Missouri. The violence was in response to the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown on August 9. As was reported, Ferguson-based businesses were hit particularly hard by both vandalism and a lack of customers. But from the wreckage goodness arose, and Glenn devoted Thursday’s Glenn Beck Program to highlighting the positive and inspiring stories out of Ferguson you may not have heard.

    Video -- >http://www.glennbeck.com/2014/09/05/...party-buycott/

    “In Ferguson, the violence has faded. So have the cameras,” Glenn said. “But is that the end of the story? Do we even care? Does the media care? What was Ferguson really all about?”

    While Americans are clearly interested in justice and learning what actually transpired in the moments before Brown’s death, so-called leaders like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton and the media “stirred the pot” by focusing on the bad, the bitter, and the angry. Because of that narrative, most Americans have little to no understanding of what kind of community Ferguson actually is.

    While Glenn asked TheBlaze to cover stories – like the ‘BUYcott’ organized by the St. Louis Tea Party – demonstrating the acts of goodness that emerged from the chaos, the Huffington Post was one of the few other news outlets to offer a different perspective.

    “Last week, while I was on vacation, I clicked on the Huffington Post, not something I usually do, but I did,” Glenn said. “And, at a time when most were using Ferguson as an opportunity to divide or gain power, Arianna Huffington wrote a piece herself showing the full picture which was quite different from the picture that the media has left us all with.”

    “Yes, there were looters. Yes, there were vandals. Yes, there are bad cops… [But] the good… has far outshadowed the bad,” he continued. “Teachers spent their day cleaning up trash. Arianna Huffington also pointed out the religious leaders and the churches that helped clean up and worked tirelessly urging people to be peaceful. She pointed out the mystery man who handed out $100 to local businesses and insisted on remaining anonymous. Others opened up their homes to complete strangers, and donations poured into local food pantries.”

    Editor’s Note: You can read Huffington’s article HERE.

    While you probably didn’t hear about those stories from the mainstream media, Glenn found it encouraging that the Huffington Post and TheBlaze, despite whatever ideological differences exist, could be on the same side when it came to offering an alternative.

    Glenn proceeded to welcome Dellena Jones, owner of the 911 Hair Salon in Ferguson to the program to discuss her experience with the St. Louis Tea Party who frequented her shop during its August 21 ‘BUYcott.’ Jones said she did not have much of an opinion of the Tea Party before her encounter, but she is quite grateful for their support.

    Video -- > http://www.glennbeck.com/2014/09/05/...party-buycott/

    Jones explained a majority of the rioting occurred at night, and it was largely peaceful protestors who filled the streets of Ferguson during the day. Perhaps unsurprising, Jones believes the violent undertones were widely the result of outside forces.

    “We definitely felt violated as a whole because I truly believe that some people from certain areas [outside] Ferguson… had displaced anger,” she said. “And, as you spoke about… people sometimes explode instead of holding back to place the anger in a positive way. It’s really sad because I truly think and believe that things could have been done in such a better way.”

    There were some people who chose to handle the situation in “a better way” – namely, the St. Louis Tea Party. Through Facebook, the group organized a trip to Ferguson so people could patronize local businesses. Jones’ salon was one of the businesses Tea Party members frequented.

    “They just came in, and they’re like… ‘We wanted to encourage you about what’s going on… We’re glad that you’re staying in business… Do you need anything,’” Jones explained. “It was basically a blessing. It was nice to hear from people who do not know you who are just like, ‘Oh, can we help do something?’”

    Ultimately, Jones believes the experience forged a relationship that will last for years to come.

    “We exchanged information because I like to keep a relationship with people because you never know what or how I can help them or how they can help me. So anytime I come in contact with genuine people, I like to keep a relationship with them,” Jones concluded. “We took pictures, we communicated… and that always leaves a lasting impression on anyone.”


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