Saturday, July 17, 2010

What If The Tea Party Were Black?

Last April, anti-racism writer and activist Tim Wise (left) wrote a scathing article, "Imagine: Protest, Insurgency and the Workings of White Privilege." He asked readers to imagine what the response would be if black people, rather than white, were the main actors participating in Tea Party-style rallies, threatening to engage in armed conflict and making vitriolic, personal attacks on the president.

Pittsburgh rapper Jasiri X, inspired by Wise's article, imagined the scenario depicted in the essay, set down lyrics and released the following video:


Charles said...

Cool video, jeff. I love educated hip hop. Have you ever listened to one "mr.lif"? If you are into this kind of music you would likely enjoy him. All of his albums are good... Sage Francis is another good one, although he is somewhat less politically charged than mr.lif.

If the tea party was black there wouldn't have ever been a tea party. The tea party is a creation of fox news, and they would never fan the flames of a black tea party as they have fanned the flames of this movement.

I feel like reading the autobiography of Malcolm X again. One of my favorite books ever, and poignant even today.


Jeff Tone said...

Charles, I'm actually not into hip hop. I just liked the message of this video and the essay that inspired it. Not a criticism of hip hop; it's just not my taste.

I quite agree with you that Fox riles up the tea partiers:

I also recommend "Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison.