Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Tea Party and the legacy of MLK

"It's to represent the founding fathers of America, their ideas, mainly focusing right now on faith, hope and charity" -- Holly Bennett

Bennett, who comes from Clearwater, Florida, explains the design on the T-shirt she wore to the recent Washington, D.C., "Restoring Honor" rally organized by Tea Party favorite, conservative talk show host Glenn Beck. It was held at the same location, and on the anniversary, of the 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech by Martin Luther King Jr..

The timing of the rally angered tea party opponents, who believe the movement, which was started to oppose the policies of the first African American President Barack Obama, is racist.

"If a wolf puts on sheep's clothing, that doesn't mean it is no longer a wolf. It is still the wolf in sheep's clothing. So if you disguise racism today through another way, like Beck, it's the same form of racism. So we want to be able to fight those views so we can live the dream and what Dr. King put forward to us as a nation, as a people." -- Tehuti Imhotep

Imhotep, an artist, attended a rival rally called "Reclaim the Dream".