Wednesday, July 14, 2010

What if the Tea Party was Black?

A couple of months ago I read a very interesting blog post titled, "Imagine if the Tea Party was Black", written by Tim Wise.  Here is a short excerpt but I encourage you to go read the whole thing:

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 —the black protesters — spoke of the need for political revolution, and possibly even armed conflict in the event that laws they didn’t like were enforced by the government? Would these protester — these black protesters with guns — 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, that’s what happened recently when white gun enthusiasts descended upon the nation’s capital, arms in hand, and verbally announced their readiness to make war on the country’s political leaders if the need arose.
It's quite a sobering thought, isn't it?  And now a rapper has taken the idea and made a video:

Perspective.  It's an interesting concept.


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