What if the Tea Party was black?

A friend of mine from St. John’s brought this article (“Imagine if the Tea Party was Black“) to my attention and I’m glad he did – I believe the author, Tim Wise,  is absolutely right in his assertions and their implications; we may think that we have come a long way following the election of President Barack Obama, but we still have ways to go when it comes to changing minds and ingrained bigotry. Even if you disagree with what Wise has to say, hopefully it will at least make you think more about race relations in the United States.

Imagine a black radio talk show host gleefully predicting a revolution by people of color if the government continues to be dominated by the rich white men who have been “destroying” the country, or if said radio personality were to call Christians or Jews non-humans, or say that when it came to conservatives, the best solution would be to “hang ‘em high.” And what would happen to any congressional representative who praised that commentator for “speaking common sense” and likened his hate talk to “American values?”

As Wise points out, these are things that Michael Savage has said only to be praised by Texas Congressman John Culberson.

… Imagine that even one-third of the anger and vitriol currently being hurled at President Obama, by folks who are almost exclusively white, were being aimed, instead, at a white president, by people of color. How many whites viewing the anger, the hatred, the contempt for that white president would then wax eloquent about free speech, and the glories of democracy? And how many would be calling for further crackdowns on thuggish behavior, and investigations into the radical agendas of those same people of color?

Oh yes, like the southern reaction to the Civil Rights Movement.


One thought on “What if the Tea Party was black?

  1. Chuck Waibel says:

    Most thought provoking. Sorry about the linguistic diceyness, but we need to “call a spade a spade.” Hate from a group makes it a hateful group, even if they may have some points. When “Joe Six Pack” gets scared, even with good reason, he tends to attack the easy-but-wrong target and be easily steered by demagogues. What scares me about the pseudo-populism of the Tea Partiers is that actual revolutions can start that way, ones in which nobody wins but the powerful and ruthless.


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