Tim Wise: Imagine If The Tea Party Was Black
Here’s an interesting and provocative post by our friend, Tim Wise.
What if the Tea Party was Black? Would they get away with half the stunts they’ve pulled at rallies?
“Imagine if the Tea Party Was Black” – Tim Wise
Letâ€™s play a game, shall we?
The name of the game is called â€œImagine.â€ The way itâ€™s played is simple: weâ€™ll envision recent happenings in the news, but then change them up a bit. Instead of envisioning white people as the main actors in the scenes weâ€™ll conjure – the ones who are driving the action – weâ€™ll envision black folks or other people of color instead. The object of the game is to imagine the public reaction to the events or incidents, if the main actors were of color, rather than white. Whoever gains the most insight into the workings of race in America, at the end of the game, wins.
So letâ€™s begin.
Imagine that hundreds of black protesters were to descend upon Washington DC and Northern Virginia, just a few miles from the Capitol and White House, armed with AK-47s, assorted handguns, and ammunition. And imagine that some of these protesters â€”the black protesters â€” spoke of the need for political revolution, and possibly even armed conflict in the event that laws they didnâ€™t like were enforced by the government? Would these protester â€” these black protesters with guns â€” be seen as brave defenders of the Second Amendment, or would they be viewed by most whites as a danger to the republic? What if they were Arab-Americans? Because, after all, thatâ€™s what happened recently when white gun enthusiasts descended upon the nationâ€™s capital, arms in hand, and verbally announced their readiness to make war on the countryâ€™s political leaders if the need arose. Continue reading