Racism In America Is Not What It's Cracked Up To Be!
Some Americans (and many throughout the world that have an axe to grind against America) believe that the mere fact that Americans have recently exercised their protected right of free speech (at the 9/12 protest rally in D.C.) under the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution, constitutes, "a lethal atmosphere". And some believe that U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson's "You lie!" outburst, during President Obama's health care address, constitutes a "lethal atmosphere". And some believe that those who oppose proposed health care legislation and that voiced their opposition at town hall meetings constitutes "a lethal atmosphere".
Moreover, some believe that all so-called "right wing" talk radio shows constitute "a lethal atmosphere". And some go so far as to believe that specific media personalities (such as Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and Michael Savage), in and of themselves (and by their very nature), constitute " a lethal atmosphere", because of their purported Svengali affect over their listeners. Yes! According to some, those particular talk show hosts should be shut up and thrown off the airwaves in the name of "fairness" and "free speech".
I have no doubt that the amount of threats against President Obama far exceed those of previous presidents and that the Secret Service is working overtime and doing a fine job at that. And I have no doubt that "a lethal atmosphere" exists. With that said, what is your solution to the "lethal atmosphere"? Should the U.S. government place wire-taps on those Americans that some deem to be creating "a lethal atmosphere"? And should the U.S. government round up those that some deem to be responsible for creating "a lethal atmosphere"? Should the U.S. government confiscate all privately owned firearms, because firearms pose a threat to President Obama and other politicians that some deem to be sympathetic to a particular ideology? Where does governmental mitigation of "a lethal atmosphere" begin and where does it end within the context of the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution?
In my opinion, "a lethal atmosphere" exists when proponents of a particular political ideology attempt to stifle opposing viewpoints and therefore "free speech" as protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In the case of President Obama and his administration, there indeed appears to be a frantic and emotional attempt to have him sheltered from any and all legitimate criticism. And those that attempt to shelter him seem to come up with new and creative rationalizations, every day, to deflect legitimate criticism from President Obama and his administration. Perhaps none of this would bother me were it not for the fact that when Bush and other Republican Presidents were in office, the very same people that are now attempting to shelter President Obama cried "foul" when the same sheltering tactics were used against them. Hypocrisy is a word that no longer has any meaning for Americans . . . .
I simply don't agree that race and racism factor into " a lethal atmosphere" to the extent that some would have us believe. And I'll go a step further and venture to ask the following: What is the specific racial and ethnic origin and breakdown of those individuals and groups that have issued explicit and substantiated threats against President Obama? Does anyone know? And if anyone does know, are they willing to reveal the statistics? Are the majority of threats coming from right wing caucasian groups, or Jews, or Muslims, or Asians, or Hispanics, etc.? This is a fair question, because Americans and the rest of the world have been led to believe that virtually all threats against President Obama are from Republicans and right-wing hate groups which translates into whites only . . . .
I remind you: Had it not been for white voters, President Obama wouldn't have been elected. The facts are that the overwhelming majority of those that voted for President Obama are white. And the facts are that the overwhelming majority that voted against him are white. So are we, therefore, to draw the conclusion that half of white America is racist and the other half is not?
I simply don't believe that Americans, nowadays, are anywhere near as racist and race conscious as the ideologues and the race hustlers would have us believe. If that were true, "ethnic cleansing", on the part of the white majority, would have continued in America along similar lines that the white majority subjected Native Americans to . . . .
I grew up in a typical white middle class American home beginning in 1954 (the year that the Brown v. Board of Education opinion was handed down) My parents were registered Republicans. No one in my home ever used the "N" word (Mom, a devout Southern Baptist, even cried when a woman in her presence used the "N" word during a "forced busing" demonstration) and I was taught respect for all peoples. I know that's hard to believe for some--and what's probably even harder for some to believe is that I was raised no differently from most white Americans at the time . . . .
My hope and desire (but perhaps just a fantasy) is that we "get beyond race" in America and accept the fact that we're all Americans. And accept the fact that, in spite of our obvious racial and ethnic differences, we have much more in common than the color of our skin would indicate. I could be wrong, but it seems to me that those who cry the loudest about "getting beyond race" could make a better attempt at "getting beyond race" and find it in their hearts and souls to forgive and forget.
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