I'm actually not opposed to the tea party movement even though I sometimes get really frustrated with their antics. I actually share a lot of their concerns about our country's fiscal situation, if not their anger and their obsession with President Obama. I've also been fascinated by the media's fixation with them--as though southerners and conservatives and religious people are some kind of grass-roots side show.
But here's something I've wondered from the beginning: what if the scenario were just slightly different and the tea party crowds demanding "Take back America!" were 90% black instead of 90% white? If it were black people converging on town squares carrying signs demanding revolution, if it were brown faces cheering while their speakers encouraged the overthrow of Congress, if it were an African-American politician who challenged her followers, "Don't retreat--reload!"--how would the story be different?