Sunday, April 25, 2010

An illuminating "game"

I really want to urge you to go on over to a blog called Ephphatha Poetry and read the following post: "Imagine if the Tea Party Was Black" by Tim Wise.

Here's just a bit of it:

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.

Imagine that white members of Congress, while walking to work, were surrounded by thousands of angry black people, one of whom proceeded to spit on one of those congressmen for not voting the way the black demonstrators desired. Would the protesters be seen as merely patriotic Americans voicing their opinions, or as an angry, potentially violent, and even insurrectionary mob? After all, this is what white Tea Party protesters did recently in Washington.

There's more. And it's truly worth reading.

Hat tip to MadPriest over at Of Course I Could Be Wrong.


  1. I read the essay, and it blew my socks off. I'd like to see that as mandatory reading for all of us students in the school of life ... Thanks so much, Ellie :-)

  2. Anonymous10:54 AM

    I read it at Mimi's.


  3. didn't we see this with the "Nation of Islam"?
    Anyway, the fundiegelicals and you deserve each other; both of you believe you can tell the rest of us what to do based on Bronze age texts and you both enjoy collecting money for not working.


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