Tim Wise: Imagine: Protest, Insurgency and the Workings of White Privilege

Imagine: Protest, Insurgency and the Workings of White Privilege
By Tim Wise
April 20, 2010

Let’s play a game, shall we? The name of the game is called “Imagine.” The way it’s played is simple: we’ll envision recent happenings in the news, but then change them up a bit. Instead of envisioning white people as the main actors in the scenes we’ll conjure—the ones who are driving the action—we’ll envision black folks or other people of color instead. The object of the game is to imagine the public reaction to the events or incidents, if the main actors were of color, rather than white. Whoever gains the most insight into the workings of race in America, at the end of the game, wins.

So let’s begin.

Tim nails down the Tea Party movement and it's hypocrisy to a tea. Imagine if black people were gathered calling for a revolution, waving signs, and carrying guns. No doubt they would be labeled a hate group intent on destroying America. In the Tea Party though, it seems to be the opposite, they aren't a hate group, they aren't terrorists, instead they are viewed as the patriots for standing for injustice.

When black people stand up for injustice and protest peacefully, we get this:

Now imagine the civil rights movement if there were guns.