Tim Wise's "Imagine if the Tea Party Was Black."
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?Wise's piece reminds me of a funny old Boondocks comic from years ago when Huey learns that black people aren't excluding by the 2nd Amendment. (What a shame the later TV show wasn't so brilliant--and Huey was voiced by and sounded like a girl.)
Would the protesters be seen as merely patriotic Americans voicing their opinions, or as an angry, potentially violent, and even insurrectionary mob?
And this, my friends, is what white privilege is all about. The ability to threaten others, to engage in violent and incendiary rhetoric without consequence, to be viewed as patriotic and normal no matter what you do, and never to be feared and despised as people of color would be, if they tried to get away with half the shit we do, on a daily basis.
[The teacher in me cannot help but ask: shouldn't it be "Imagine if the Tea Party *WERE* black"? Hmmm, maybe Wise, like me, must have gone to one of them public "schools." I was never too good with the conditional case either. I guess it's hard to teach grammar when you spend all that time indoctrinating kids with multiculturalism, Ebonics, gay sex, and new math. And speaking of Ebonics, among conservatives it's long been a symbol of everything screwed up about liberal ideas. But of course--like most conservative hysteria--that idea is a lie. No school district ever actually proposed to teach Ebonics. The idea by the Oakland school board was to get more state funding to teach English. By labeling Ebonics as a foreign language, the schools could get funding designated for foreign languages... and then going to other school districts with larger Spanish-speaking populations. That was the gambit. It wasn't such a bad idea.]