It might surprise you to hear me say this but I believe this statement to be fundamentally true: While most of us think of Black History as a celebration of black achievement and the recognition of meaningful historical figures, the reality is that the Tea Party Express, Sarah Palin and other peculiar figures in the Right Wing are a part of black history as well.
Black History is not just a collection of names, dates, places and faces. It also tells stories of triumph for people of color as we've worked to achieve equality in a society that was trained to hate us. In order for us to have heroes, there must sometimes be a deadly villain.
To read the full text of Dr. Boyce Watkins’ article, click on either of these two links:
http://black-history.blackvoices.com/2011/02/03/why-sarah-palin-and-the-tea-party-are-a-part-of-black-history-to/ Or http://bit.ly/fEoWpc