Blacks & the Anti-Obama Tea Parties
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
The current trend among the vanquished Republican party is to hold what they call "Tea Party" rallies protesting Pres. Obama's fiscal policies. They are planning one for the 4th of July 2009, but Blacks may want to check the history of the Boston Tea Party to see where
these modern Tea Partyers are actually going:
Back in 1773, the British clergyman Dr. Samuel Johnson asked the obvious question: “How is it that we hear the loudest yelps for liberty among the drivers of Negroes?” He was speaking--accuratel y--of America's founding fathers.
Today, Declaration of Independence signer Samuel Adams is better known for his brewing skills than for his freedom fighting. His face is plastered on beer bottles that bear his name, but he was also considered the architect of the 1773 Boston Tea Party. Adams agitated for freedom from the tyranny of Great Britain, but had no problem with the enslavement of the Black race in his own colony of Massachusetts. Adams enslaved a Black woman named “Old Surry” who worked nearly fifty years for no pay at all. After years of “devoted attachment” the Adamses tried to “free” the elderly woman—that is, they engaged in the widespread practice of whites’ trying to rid themselves of responsibility for a slave that had become too old or too sick to work. According to an Adams biographer, when papers of manumission were made out for her “she threw [them] into the fire in anger, saying she had lived too long to be trifled with.” (Sometimes, as in this case, slaves were forcibly “freed” just as they were forcibly enslaved.) Adams also owned a “servant boy,” who was forced to work as a mechanic until Adams reached old age.
On December 16, 1773, 150 white men dressed up like Mohawk Indians, blackened their faces with burnt cork, and threw more than 15 tons of British tea into the Boston Harbor. They dressed this way to have the British believe that the Indians and Blacks had done the crime (Such fabrications were a common practice in American history and "justified" MANY Indian slaughters and Black lynchings).
And taxes were not such an objectionable idea to those Boston "revolutionaries" when it came to their profitable slave trade. They placed a sales tax on their Black slave property:
"Whoever shall purchase or bring into any town of this province as aforesaid any negro or negros for which the duty has not been already paid shall be obliged, within fourteen days after the said negros being so brought in, to make an entry with the clerks of the town where the said negro shall be brought, and to pay the duty of four pounds per head..."
Another key figure in the decision not to pay taxes for British tea was an insurer of slave ships, Samuel Phillips Savage. Ultimately, the British figured out that the tea-hating insurgents were white men and not Indians and the American Revolution was on.
The British were defeated, but when the war was over another "hero" Alexander Hamilton protested officially against the British failure to return the more than two thousand or more freedom-fighting Blacks who had escaped from the colonists to the British side. He reasoned on behalf of the new nation (a nation purportedly founded on liberty) that the peace treaty required that ALL seized property (slaves) be restored to the owners.
Today, Whites can hold all the "tea parties" they'd like, but free-thinking Blacks must RE-think their role in this history. The fact is that Blacks would be FAR better off today had they joined the British AGAINST the tea-partying colonists. George Washington and his rebels stated plainly that under their new rulership Blacks would remain slaves forever—and this is one promise these politicians of ALL political parties intended to keep! The British, on the other hand, offered Blacks land and a FORM of freedom, if they fought for the Crown against their enslavers. Hearing of this offer, at least 17 of Washington’s own Black captives (he had at least 216) escaped to join the British in 1781. These 17 Black Africans are the TRUE heroes of the American Revolution.
Source: Dr. Tingba Apidta, The Hidden History of Massachusetts: A Guide for Black Folks.