Okay, I have to admit that I found an interesting little tidbit on the Internet this morning, and it was something is about to make me re-examine a chapter in the recent past. Over at the blog Ephphatha Poetry, there is a post from Tim Wise who re-imagines the Tea Party movement as a predominantly black movement with a white POTUS in the White House. It was an interesting exercise, to say the least, and it does raise some real questions about how the media would have covered a movement of that sort.
The re-examination that I spoke of regards the Black Panthers. Mind you, I still hold that their approach to the trials of the post-MLK era was not the best, but I will go back and review the information around the events that made the party infamous. I think it is safe to say that there are some shared aspects to the Black Panther phenomenon and the Tea Party phenomenon (particularly the feelings that their freedoms and second amendment rights were being threatened by an overreaching government), but of course one was from the left and predominantly black, and the other is from the right and predominantly white. I might have to consider a comparison post in the future.
Meanwhile, please take a look at Tim Wise's post. I really found myself wondering just what would have happened if, say, there had been a black Tea Party movement under George W. Bush.