‘The Tea Party doesn’t like the fact that there is a black man in the White House.’ That’s a rough translation from Henry Louis Gates Jr. The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross is a new 6-part series beginning tonight on PBS narrated by Mr. Gates as he tells the story of the lives of African Americans in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. The 6th and final episode covers the time period at the end of Jim Crow to the election of this country’s first black president- the president who is loathed by racists and, in particular, the Tea Party.
Tea Party members [including my congressman, Bob Latta] abhor the idea that a black man could have been raised up to the highest office in the land. After all, many of them were born in a time when ‘they’ knew their place in society. As I suggested in my last post, Tea-Soaked Brain, it is my hypothesis that these folks are stuck in the past. Stuck. They have fond memories of when times were ‘better,’ the America that they loved. They want their country back and for them, that means they want Mexicans picking fruit and blacks on the other side of the tracks- where they belong. Sort of Normal Rockwell with the exception of the following drawing by Mr. Rockwell:
Luckily for the United States, the Tea Party will fade out in the next generation or so as more and more obituaries appear in the local newspapers. Today’s generation as the generation before are much more tolerant people than my generation and before. Oh, there will always be racists and bigots, but not in the large numbers that exist at this time in our history.
Here’s the odd correlation. As this ‘Christian nation’ moves forward in time, both its Christianity and its bigotry will wane. Quaint parallel.