This piece by Tim Wise is beyond brilliant. If you haven't read it, please click on the link http://cosmicnavellint.blogspot.com/2010/04/imagine-if-tea-party-was-black-tim-wise.html "Imagine if the Tea Party Was Black" - Tim Wise and scroll down a bit to the April 23 posting. (It's also posted on Tim Wise's Facebook page.) I remember the '60's well and the images of the armed Black Panthers wearing black leather jackets, huge Afros and spouting anti-government rhetoric were NOT described in the media as being American patriots and as American as apple pie or people just wanting their country back.
It's always other shoes, other feet and what something looks like depends on whose glasses you're peering through.