Wait, does the tea party hurt racism? Anything that hurts racism is a good thing in my book. You mean does the tea party promote racism, right? If someone on Fox News asked this question the way you did they would be branded as being sympathetic to racism.
And to answer your question, I don't know. The media has mauled this now old issue so badly it's impossible to tell who did what to whose dog for how many cookies.
But I'll tell you this. I supported the tea party movement before it was seized upon by the Republicans. I don't believe its origins were racially motivated. I hope those tea party members who were elected to office will hold to their stances and not align themselves with either party.