Racism Dead in USA? Not a Chance!!

US President Barack Obama finally made it to the Twitter-verse yesterday with the hash-tag @potus which stands for President Of The United States.

It only took twenty minutes for someone to tweet a response calling the President of the USA a “nigger”.  That was the least of it.  Others hoped he would get cancer. And even worse:  Someone posted an illustration of Obama hanging from a rope.

There is much more and you can read a large extent of it HERE, if you have the stomach for it.

It is enough to make intelligent, thinking, caring, fair-minded Americans ashamed to be called American.  At its very best, it is abhorrently disgusting.

President Obama is the first African-American elected to the presidency of the United States.  That happened in November 2008, and was repeated in November 2012.

The hard-core racists in this country, ALL of which are most likely right-wing red-neck bible-thumping republicans, were absolutely horrified when a member of a different biological human race, one which THEIR ANCESTORS kidnapped from its native African lands in the 17th,18th and 19th centuries to be forced into brutal slavery in the “new world”, somehow cheated and shot his way into the highest office in America.

Is this a demonstration of “American Exceptionalism“???  REALLY????

The anger that this horrific behavior on the part of some Americans elicits in thoughtful, fair-minded, non-racist citizens of this country is nothing short of nauseating.  After all, it is one thing to not like a president for his policies and behaviors.  It is another one completely to exhibit total disrespect, hatred and utter loathing toward the Office of the President of the United States.  And that is EXACTLY what these low-life, uneducated, unsophisticated, moronic, extremist-right-wing hate-mongers do.

It is repulsive.  it is disgusting.  It is below the “Christian Values” these sub-human animals claim to believe in…

And it is the same behaviors exhibited by hate groups such as Al-Qaeda and ISIS.

The Constitution of the United States, Bill of Rights, First Amendment allows and even promotes freedom of speech and expression, as defined by the US Supreme Court case law over the years.  That means that even Nazi supporters can march peacefully in Skokie, Illinois, even though their message is one of hatred, brutality and antisemitism.

However, even with First Amendment rights of freedom of speech, there are still consequences to what one actually says or writes.  For instance, one cannot scream “Fire!” in a crowded theater just for fun.  The resulting damage and injuries will ensure that the screamer is arrested and charged, and will also subjected to private lawsuits by anyone injured or otherwise impacted.  This sort of behavior has already been defined by the US Supreme Court as not in the public interest.

So it finally does come down to who we, as Americans, really are.  What do WE REALLY stand for?  Why do we tolerate hateful lies, hateful radio hosts, hateful emails and hateful attempts by hateful racists, whose only goal to to foment more hatred?

It’s a very appropriate question that may never be adequately answered because so many Americans, while condemning racial discrimination and intolerance, are, deep inside, intolerant racists themselves.

All of this begs the question of who we Americans truly are.  Based upon a truthful answer (if that is even possible), what is our true moral stature on the planet?

Of course, compared to ISIS or other brutal Islamist extremist groups, Americans have done practically NOTHING compared to them.  But the occasional lynching of black people, the murdering of black civil rights workers in the 1960’s, the police brutality (though not nationwide) against the greater Black community, all of this speaks to an insidious  undercurrent of racial discrimination which still, ILLEGALLY, exists in the “exceptional” USA.

As an American born in New York City, a veteran who served in the US Navy during the Vietnam conflict, a life-long employee of the US Government who retired under honorable conditions, this writer is utterly ashamed of those fellow country-men and women who feel compelled to display such utter hatred for dissimilar people, simply because of the color of their skin, or their country of origin, or any other logistical or physically explainable characteristic.

Of course, the morons who spout all of this hatred on social media are not thinking of the global and/or time critical impact of their horribly hate-filled right-wing tea-bagger views.

And that is sad, because many of them are so misinformed and uneducated regarding even the most basic high school education.

As a result, to all minorities everywhere…to the advanced and civilized international community of nations on this planet…

This writer apologizes for the actions of those countryman and women…who just do not, and never will, get it.

Ed. note:  There are only two more articles which will be written in June and July, before this blog passes into history in July 2015.

 

 

 

3 thoughts on “Racism Dead in USA? Not a Chance!!

  1. You should try looking closer (perhaps going to the source?) of the Tea Partiers you seem to loathe. You have categorized them in completely sullied and misinformed ways. I assure you, although they collectively come from a very wide and diverse slice of American citizenry, they are gentle yet brave patriots who genuinely love this country and all its best attributes.

    The irony is that many of their interests are actually very much your interests, whether you realize it or not. If you knew more about those who stand with the Tea Party, like me for instance, you would know that they (we) also love the freedoms you love and loathe the racist haters you loathe.

    Read carefully the Tea Party Preamble below, then let me know what part of it you so despise. On second thought, I’m not really interested in your objections anymore, but if you have any you should reconsider what it is YOU believe as an American. As you read, notice the phrase “… all-inclusive…”.

    [ The Tea Party Movement is an all-inclusive American grassroots movement with the belief that everyone is created equal and deserves an equal opportunity to thrive in these United States where they may “pursue life, liberty and happiness” as stated in the Declaration of Independence and guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States. ]

    Also, here are the generally accepted Tea Party tenets you may have missed, and can pick apart in remaining blogs if you like:
    1. Eliminate Excessive Taxes
    2. Eliminate the National Debt
    3. Eliminate Deficit Spending
    4. Protect Free Markets
    5. Abide by the Constitution of the United States
    6. Promote Civic Responsibility
    7. Reduce the Overall Size of Government
    8. Believe in the People
    9. Avoid the Pitfalls of Politics
    10. Maintain Local Independence

    However much you may find these to be offensive, you must agree there is little reason to lump such people in the same odious category as vile name-calling racists. Of all the protests that have occured in this country over past decades, show me any that have been as calm and polite (they even clean up their own trash from the event afterward, for Pete’s sake) and community-spirited , yet enormously effective, as the Tea Party.

    And make no mistake… Tea Partiers are not a subset of either Republicans or Democrats as some have claimed. In fact, the Tea Party came about because neither Rep nor Dem has been upholding their own campaign promises and we’re fed up with it.

    As for me, I’m glad to see you are retiring this blog. I’ve seen few others as grossly misinformed and blatantly arrogant – although many of your liberal Democrat brothers and sisters are apt to miss the mindless pandering. (That was fun to write!)

  2. Ok Howie I agree that the vitriolic display of ignorance and hatred was disgusting. It is only newsworthy because Obama’s Twitter account gave them a new outlet for their rage. Racism will not completely die in this country for several more generations. Where there are uneducated, poor and angry people there will always be a scapegoat, an Other, alien, someone not like them to blame their own failures on. ISIS, the Nazis, Hamas….the list goes on.
    I will miss your blog…you write with clarity and passion.
    Thanks for your voice.

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