Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Underlying Racism...

The WaPo ran out an article today about the struggles and out right racism a lot of Barack Obama campaigners had to deal with when canvassing for the Senator in Indiana and Pennsylvania. I can't say this shocks me as I realize that there are a whole bunch of undereducated, gun and Bible clinging, backwoods lunatics out there. What surprised me was how open with their hate they were.

These volunteers weren't going to "Bubba's" shack to try and convince him to vote for Obama, they were hanging around Wal-Mart's and highway overpasses. I always thought that these people had to keep their racism in the back rooms or when they were with "friends" of like mind. Here were seemingly everyday, ordinary people telling Obama volunteers things like, "I'll never vote for a black man" or "White folks look out for white folks, black folks look out for blacks". Why would they offer to share their bigotry so freely with a stranger? Then I read Tunkhannock Borough Mayor(PA)Norm Ball quote about Obama:

"Barack Hussein Obama and all of his talk will do nothing for our country. There is so much that people don't know about his upbringing in the Muslim world. His stepfather was a radical Muslim and the ranting of his minister against the white America, you can't convince me that some of that didn't rub off on him. No, I want a president that will salute our flag, and put their hand on the Bible when they take the oath of office."

He's not sharing that view because he really likes Clinton and he thinks Obama will enslave the white folk if he's elected. He's saying it so HE can get re-elected in his little racist town. This is what his constituency wants to hear. So where does all this deep rooted hate come from? It's easy to say it's generational and that it's passed down. I think the lunacy of the country as a whole is what feeds this kind of ignorance.

It's become really hard lately to figure where the head begins and where the tail ends when it comes to these types of problems in this country. When people are presented with the facts yet they still believe the propaganda then where does it all lead? These are strange times in which we live and one can only hope that better days lay ahead. I, however, am not so sure and examples like these are only furthering my belief that we are rotting from the inside out as a country.

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