Despite numerous examples of intolerance and hatred at its events and multiple polls showing the group represents only a small minority of the populace, the noisy Tea Party movement continues to gain an unwarranted amount of media attention as it strives for respectability.
Meanwhile, conservative commentators turn a blind eye to the movement's excesses and gullible news outlets fail to call out their leaders when they make outrageous and patently untrue claims.
A brilliant column written by anti-racist activist Tim Wise is circulating on the Internet that puts the whole sordid affair into its proper perspective. Just imagine, Wise writes, if the Tea Party was predominantly black. How would we interpret its ugly invective and improper actions then?
Here's a portion: "Imagine that a black pastor, formerly a member of the U.S. military, were to declare, as part of his opposition to a white president’s policies, that he was ready to 'suit up, get my gun, go to Washington and do what they trained me to do.' This is, after all, what Pastor Stan Craig said recently at a Tea Party rally in Greenville, South Carolina."
Read the entire column here.
(ORIGINAL SOURCE: AlterNet.org.)