September 12 Protest Signs in Washington, racism?
You look around - and through the eyes of a foreigner, looking in on the USA is not looking into a jar of wonderment and awe.
People I speak to who are not American ask me, for I am sincerely interested in US politics, "Why do those people act like that? All that black guy is doing is trying to get them all healthcare - are they really that nuts?"
The congressman, we learned, belonged to the Sons of Confederate Veterans, led a 2000 campaign to keep the Confederate flag waving above South Carolina’s state Capitol and denounced as a “smear” the true claim of a black woman that she was the daughter of Strom Thurmond, the ’48 segregationist candidate for president. Wilson clearly did not like being lectured and even rebuked by the brainy black president presiding over the majestic chamber.
I’ve been loath to admit that the shrieking lunacy of the summer — the frantic efforts to paint our first black president as the Other, a foreigner, socialist, fascist, Marxist, racist, Commie, Nazi; a cad who would snuff old people; a snake who would indoctrinate kids — had much to do with race.
I do say that; that it isn't all Americans like that - just some of them, because America has been like this for years and any change seems too much change and ... well, I do defend Republicans as well as Democrats, or at least try to.
Even though I do that people ask me why. When I see some of the things on TV that I have over the last few months - I ask myself the same question.
I cannot, though I do give it a go, defend American Conservatism - not the Glenn Beck kind, anyway. That, to me, is just nuttery that would have him seriously looked at as more a bad comedian rather than a TV presenter and right-wing radio host - is it that radio still holds more of an audience in the US than anywhere else? Limbaugh, Beck, Dobbs - maybe it is cable TV that is the saviour to the radio waves. I really don't know.
Though a majority of Americans elected a 'Black' president there, to me, does not seem to be any or a post racial America. Many in the wider world thought that this was the case when Obama was elected - but with the protests as are we can only come to the conclusion that we are wrong.
Is it a new rebellion that is forecast by others on NP?
I don't think so, but I have been wrong many times before. Is it just the South that cannot cope with having a president who is not white?
Is racism ingrained so deep that it cannot be simply washed away with a democratic election? Maybe so.
If Republicans had gotten everything they wanted for the last seventy-five years or so, the United States of America would have no Social Security, no Medicare, no Aid to Dependent Children, no civil rights, no environmental protections, no privacy rights to make contraception legal. There would be no business taxes, either, which could mean an even more vigorous business sector but also lots of gated communities and private security guards and — who knows? — maybe death squads to put down the inevitable insurrections.