Around the time the statue of Martin Luther King Jr. was unveiled on the National Mall, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus told Tea Party members to go "straight to hell."
Another proclaimed that the movement wants blacks "hanging from trees." They apparently thought getting fiscal meant getting physical.
However, Tea Partiers share King's dream.
By asking America to live up to the principles enshrined in its founding documents, King endorsed those principles — equality and the right of every man to be free to pursue happiness, to speak and to worship without fear, to be secure in his person and in his home and to keep the money he rightfully earned.
President Abraham Lincoln did not consider the black man his equal, but he waged war to protect each black man's rights.
Human beings cannot create and prosper without the freedom of individual action and individual property rights. The founders understood this. They designed a federal government subordinate to the individual, primarily through the Bill of Rights, and to the various states which can check its power. State powers could not, however, trump the rights of individuals.
Slavery and Jim Crow required the application of federal power to assert those rights.
The worst form of collectivism is racism. It is a poison, a creation of mobs and group-think, and the antidote is a policy of individualism. The rise of racism in the last century correlated with the decline of individualism and ascent of statism — the empowerment of ruling collectives and the useful idiots who sustained them.
The most vicious forms of racist socialism, as espoused by Adolph Hitler and Hideki Tojo, were only suppressed by the greater violence exercised by societies which recognized the primacy of individual rights, but only after the deaths of millions of people.
Nowhere else on the planet have men of varying racial heritages succeeded side by side like they have in the United States. A policy of individualism and capitalism built this country. Men have risen based on their ability, not the color of their skin or the group to which they belong.
It has not been perfect. A Civil War was fought, a war that ended only when the lingering, racist legal structures of the South were dismantled.
Black and white unemployment was at parity in the late 1920s, despite the many obstacles blacks faced in this country. Most blacks were Republicans then. The Democrat's New Deal and the Great Society specifically targeted blacks to collectivize their votes through government largesse, and by many economic and social measures blacks as a group are the worse for it.
Fortunately, the rights of the individual black man were affirmed by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, passed, percentage-wise, mostly by Republicans.
The Congressional Black Caucus also seeks to collectivize blacks and their votes, while the Tea Party sees individual Americans with hopes, dreams, and aspirations who happen to be black. The CBC tells the black man that he is not a man, but a black man, in much the same way the Southern racists did.
They tell him that he cannot succeed without their help. They tell him that his fate is determined by the color of his skin, not his mind and his work ethic. These creatures of government peddle the myth of institutional racism when its last vestiges are primarily found in government (contracting and affirmative action programs).
The Tea Party was not born of racial animus but of economic crisis and the utter disregard for our Constitution and our laws, particularly bankruptcy law. Money was confiscated from the prudent, black and white, to bail out the imprudent, black and white. To save failing banks, the Federal Reserve pulled off the greatest heist in human history. By pursuing a policy of printing money and zero interest for banks and everybody else, it has devalued our currency and punished individual, responsible savers, black and white.
Policies that benefit interest groups instead of individuals always lead to one end — naked vote buying and voting blocs fighting over slices of a shrinking pie. The Tea Party is the best friend of individual Americans, black and white.