Do you think Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney would have reacted to a black militaristic buildup as coolly as President Obama has to the phenomenal growth of white militias?
Since Obama took office last year, the number of white militias has shot up from about 170 to more than 500, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors extremist groups in the United States. Armed with enough firepower to take on a police department, some of these groups are honing their sniper skills using photographs of Obama for target practice.
As Mark Potock, director of SPLC said, "If the people we saw running around armed to the teeth were black, I think their organization would be destroyed in a matter of hours. . . . If people saw on their TV screens photos of black militia members shooting at images of a white president, I don't think they would last."
Michael Lackomar, a spokesman for the Southeast Michigan Volunteer Militia said, "Five areas that we focus on are crime, disaster, invasion, tyranny and terrorism."
Domestice terrorists fighting terrorism?
Lackomar's group has close ties to the Hutaree, whose members were arrested last March by the FBI and charged with plotting to kill a police officer and then setting off a bomb at the future, killing the mourners.
Their ultimate goal was to trigger an uprising against the federal government. Lackomar's group was one of several who helped the Hutarees train.
And yet the southeastern Michigan militia continues to operate with impunity, as if it were some latter-day Army of the Potomac.
Obama supported a U.S. Supreme Court decision crippling D.C.'s gun control law and then signed a bill that allows visitors to national parks to carry guns.
Had the black rifleman showed up for, say, Ronald Reagan's "states' rights" speech in Philadelphia, Miss., back in 1980, they might still be dredging the Pearl River for his remains.
What domestic terrorists do.