What's black and white but not read by Times columnist Charles Blow? The NY Times!
Mr. Blow, the poor man's Bob Herbert, ponders the absence of racial diversity at a Dallas Tea Party rally and tells us this:
A New York Times/CBS News poll released on Wednesday found that only 1 percent of Tea Party supporters are black and only 1 percent are Hispanic. It’s almost all white.
Well, the Times/CBS poll made available to the rest of us had slightly different stats (p. 41): The Tea Party polled as 1% black, 3% Hispanic, 1% Asian, 6% "Other". 3% of respondents declined to self-identify.
That contrasts with the overall group of respondents (including the Tea Partiers), which were 12% black, 12% Hispanic, and 3% Asian.
The Tea Party is still mostly white - per the Times, it is 89% white. That makes for a vivid contrast with America, which is 77% white. Whether 89% reaches the level of "almost all white" is an editorial call, but the assertion that the Tea Party is 1% Hispanic merits a correction.