For being the land of “liberty and justice for all“, America has a very checkered past when it comes to treating all people equally, fairly and decently.
Much of the US engaged in slavery of Africans who were either kidnapped in their native land or born of slaves right here, when this country was founded. Additionally, other minorities emigrating to the USA within the past 230 years endured hatred and rejection by the people who were here before them, with a notable exception: Native Americans were here first, but were almost wiped off the face of the planet in the 19th century by invading and land-grabbing white men, who, presumably, were full American citizens.
Not so long ago dark-skinned minorities in most southern states of the US were forced ride in back of the bus, and lynchings were a reality in these same places. Thankfully (unless you’re still a racist and/or white supremacist), most of that changed in the 1960’s with the civil rights movement and the social revolution that took place.
Yet, most people when asked before Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, responded that they did not think an African American could win a presidential election.
However, Obama did actually win the last presidential election, to the absolute horror, hatred, fear and disgust of those folks who still believe that the white race is the superior race, and should be in charge. They are by nature extremely conservative anyway, so Obama’s non-conservative agenda infuriates them even more.
Enter the “tea party“movement. The racists and white supremacists flocked to this organization like flies to roadkill.
While it is true that not all tea party supporters are racists and white supremacists, it is true that according to a recent University of Washington poll, and as reported by Newsweek magazine, a large portion of tea partiers may well be “race-resentful”.
There is a ton of increasingly frequent proof that tea partiers are, at a minimum, “racist-tolerant”. This is clearly true when one reads by some of the placards seen and racial slurs heard at tea party events. Many of these are seen here, and you will find endless references to such things here, which result from a Google search of “tea party racist comments”. This is verified data, folks.
But the ‘race-resentful” within the tea party movement seem to dislike Latinos, Asians and other minorities as well. People with similar beliefs passed and signed Arizona’s new mandatory racial profiling law, which will force police to demand immigration documents of anyone they might suspect of being a non-American citizen.
But what if a person of Mexican descent but who was born in the USA is heard speaking Spanish in the streets? The police might “suspect” that this person is an illegal immigrant, and absent immigration papers (which US Citizens don’t possess or carry), this person is arrested and incarcerated. This stupid and most likely unconstitutional law is a racial disaster waiting to happen. But the tea party applauds and supports it. Why? Because everyone knows that Latinos are nothing but lazy good-for-nothing brown-skins who only want to suck the USA dry. Or so the tea partiers babble at themselves and anyone else who’s listening to them.
But their thinking is irrational, motivated by hatred, and fueled by bias. Here’s the proof:
Imagine that instead of being attended by white men who toted their guns, their hate-spewing placards and insulting shouts of anti-Obama rhetoric, the recent 2nd Amendment gun rights in Washington DC was instead attended by African Americans during the Bush administration.
Imagine the reaction around the US under those conditions! Many whites would have seen it as an unacceptable terrorist action by militant and dangerous African Americans! The outrage by many in the USA would have been massive! Interestingly, this reaction and response, as compared to the muted reaction to the actual event, would have occurred solely because of a difference in skin color!
Other examples of “what if they were African-American (or Latinos or Asians) instead of whites” are listed here. They are incredibly thought-provoking.
The field day the hate-radio talk-show hosts would have had with it would have been enormous! One can almost hear the Rush/Hannity/O’Reilly hate-mongering group panicking the population, making them fear a violent armed conflict by these uppity extremist terrorist black people, and demanding the national Guard search every non-White-Anglo-Saxon-Protestant (WASP) home in American for guns, and drugs and communist literature…..
Annie, get your gun…and make sure it’s the assault rifle!!
But seriously, folks… 🙂 …
…do Americans really want to be represented in the world as well as in history by these hypocritical wing-nuts who claim to love America but can’t stand Americans…or at least those who don’t look like them?
Think about how contradictory that is the next time you watch the tea partiers on TV or read about them in the press.