What if the Tea Party Were Black?
Reverend Nathan C. Walker is the minister of the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia
Enough! This is the message coming from Tim Wise who asked, What if the Tea Party Were Black? and from the NAACP-sponsored report entitled Tea Party Nationalism written by Devin Burghart, author of "Guns & Gavels" and MacArthur fellow Leondard Zeskind.
I join these race critics in saying, enough!
Enough of the double standard where violent minorities are to be feared and violent whites, who descend upon Washington DC with their AK-47s and handguns, demand to be revered.
Enough of the racist, rabid, raging language of hate laced in the rhetoric of patriotism. There is nothing responsible or honorable about racist signs, about depicting our President as a non-American, or about anti-immigrant nativism.
Enough of the political opportunist who fuel the public’s fear of "the other" for personal gain. I stand on the side of love with the NAACP in proclaiming that all political leaders from all political parties must immediately distance themselves from the people who proclaim violence, espouse racist rhetoric, and associate themselves with white supremacist organizations.
Let it be made known from sea to shining sea – the racist, unjust, unpatriotic behavior in this election season must immediately cease so our country may replace the sensational politics of an extreme few with sensible politics that create liberty and justice for all.