James Antle in the American Spectator links to a "disgraceful column" by Colbert King, in which King compares the faces of the Tea Partiers to
- "faces of protesters lining the street at the University of Alabama in 1956 as Autherine Lucy, the school's first black student, bravely tried to walk to class. "
- faces "gathered around the Arkansas National Guard troopers who blocked nine black children from entering Little Rock's Central High School in 1957."
- "faces I saw at a David Duke rally in Metairie, La., in 1991: sullen with resentment, wallowing in victimhood, then exploding with yells of excitement as the ex-Klansman and Republican gubernatorial candidate spewed vitriolic white-power rhetoric. "
Antle replies that
"Actually, all those "angry faces" have in common is that they are predominantly white. Someone whose racial obsessions run in the opposite direction from King's — say, the owners of those sullen faces at the David Duke rally — would be similarly incapable of telling the difference between Rosa Parks and a race riot."[Colbert King Shines the Light on Racism, But Not the Tea Partiers']
Colbert King, in case you didn't know, is African-American. And if you think race, in an opinion columnist, is something that shouldn't matter, all I can say is that it matters a lot to King.