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The title is "Imagine if the Tea Party Movement Was Black":
http://ephphatha-poetry.blogspot.com/2010/04/imagine-if-tea-party-was-black-tim-wise.html

I think it makes the point rather well.

Date: 2010-04-25 03:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amet.livejournal.com
That is brilliant and terrifying all in one go.

Date: 2010-04-25 05:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vanessasquest.livejournal.com
Oh come on now... =_= I'm trying to find a more fitting political party and the crazies have moved over faster than I have. Son of a... *mutters*

That aside, playing the race game is stupid, it isn't more or less right based on being more or less white. I think accounting for the level of actual violence and not what is deemed potential violence is important, in this case though. If I had a crowd of 100 people with knives in their pockets and not a one whipped it out and used it... but then had a crowd of 100 people who had knives in their pockets and let people KNOW about it... but still didn't use it, my point is that it wouldn't really impact me. It's when someone USES it, that *then* they should be villified. Granted, weaponizing things is a fear Conservative groups have about outside countries... but we're inside this country and have relatively comparable values. =_= AND when something *is* legal... you can't count it against them.

Date: 2010-04-25 11:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] freeptop.livejournal.com
It isn't talking about the entire Republican Party - it's about the Tea Party Movement in particular, which really is a bunch of crackpots that has somehow gotten attention as a "legitimate" political movement. As the article points out, if it weren't a bunch of white guys, they wouldn't be regarded as anything near legitimate. In fact, they'd almost certainly be arrested for threats of violence and assault.

Date: 2010-04-26 01:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vanessasquest.livejournal.com
No, no, I know it means Tea Party... the problem is, my sister is moving into that group and I'm saying the crazies (well, a portion of them) from the Conservative movement made it there already... I read as much of that article as I could stomach... it started getting confusing when switching off for parallels... but that aside, damn it... I just don't feel like libertarians have the same sociopolitical views as I have (they do have the economical and infrastructural minimalism I prefer... but... grr.) TTnTT I'm just trying to find a political party. =_= Well, other than "Pink Elephants-- NO not "women Republicans" but pro-gay rights/human rights Republican". *Sigh* Input?

Date: 2010-04-26 02:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] freeptop.livejournal.com
Personally, I think the article made some very valid points. Replace the white guy who _spit on a Congressman_ with someone of any other race, and they would have been thrown in jail. Frankly, the white guy should have, because that's assault.

It's not just that they had weapons and showed them, it's that they were threatening to _use_ them. Hell, even for white people all you'd have to do to get police intervention in that circumstance would be to throw a black bandana over their face and call them an "anarchist" instead of a "Tea Partier."

As for your question regarding pro-gay rights Republicans - well, I suppose there are the Log Cabin Republicans. That's more a group within the Republican Party, but it should be along the lines you're looking for. If you want to actually change your party affiliation, I don't have any good suggestions for you, since I'm more inclined to look at highly liberal third parties, rather than conservative ones ;)

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