Thursday, April 28, 2011
The Most Deeply Seeded Racist Fear Mongering Crap I've Ever Witnessed
Disclaimer: I make a point not to discuss certain facets of my life on this blog. Those facets include the following: Sex, Religion & Politics. I do this because 1) It's more personal that this personal blog could explain & 2) I want the tone of this blog to uplift & connect us. I want my readers to find the commonalities between us rather than the issues that divide us. I want them to have a moment reading my blog and say, "Hey that happened to me" or "OMG I remember when...." My #1 goal has always been to make each a bit lovelier than the one before and to smooth the rough patches when I can.
That said I can no longer ignore the most recent & current attacks on our President. I will say that I am not a Republican, but close family members are. I have however voted for Republican candidates based on their take on issues I consider important to my state. I will say flat out my political leanings are more progressive than most but many of my views are moderately conservative. All of these things said I am hurt, disgusted, embarassed, and down right angry at the treatment of our President Barack Hussein Obama.
While I never subscribed to the belief of a post-racial America (it doesn't exist) I did subscribe to the idea of hope. I hoped that the people of this country would strive harder to realize that we all want the same for ourselves and our families. I hoped that we could work toward the issues that plague us; economy woes, health care concerns, lack of job growth, building our infrastructure, etc. I hoped that the mere sight of President Obama would inspire us all to dream a bigger dream for ourselves.
Sadly the political winds have shifted and blew in a sh*t storm. I have never in my life seen a President so disrespected simply for being the President and I voted and debated with others during President Clinton's second term in office. I witnessed his attempt and failure of a national health care plan. I had friends who were furloughed when his congress shut down. And of course most us remember his defiling of the Oval Office and subsequent impeachment proceedings.
I watched people get all right winged on the former President's ass. So I understand. I would love to think that the President it being treated just as the 43 others before him and that this is all politics as usual but it's not. In this so-called post-racial America the rhetoric spewing is some of the most deeply seeded racist fear mongering crap I've ever witnessed.
I have so much more to say but my rage won't allow me to articulate it. I clearly don't write well when I'm pissed. So I'll ask one question before I give Goldie the floor.
Since we can agree that small grass root changes are effective (ask those in the Civil Rights Movement & the Tea Party) what small change(s) can you make to take a stand against blatant bigotry?
Boycotting certain TV shows, products, hotels, etc. may be a good start. I'm just sayin'.
Please watch!!! A piece from Goldie Taylor contributing editor, TheGrio.com via Rachel Maddow: