Racial Hatred Surfaces—
My view is that the election of Barack Obama has opened Pandora’s Box to the baser side of human character. I attribute this to conscious or subconscious racism. I will say that louder: RACISM!
Some will deny this, but I see no other logical reason. It was only after Obama’s election that the Tea Party gained the dominance it now has in the Republican Party and in the House of Representatives. Some put that dominance as having culminated in the gains that took place in the 2010 midterm elections, an election notorious for its low turnouts except for ginned up rightists . Racism emerged with a more public face. Obama not only identifies himself as black, but he has a foreign-sounding name with the middle name of Hussein. It appears that the devil has emerged and merged with America’s newly aroused fears.
Once the racism I see bubbled to the surface, folks who had that simmering inside them because of the changes they have noticed around them felt free to express their baser instincts. Blatherers like Rush Limbaugh, who is nothing if not an opportunist, have the Clear Channel megaphone that blasts that attitude into the far corners of the land.
Because it is now in the open, those ignorant people who have harbored resentments at the changes they sense now find it easy to put a face to those resentments. The face they see is black or brown, and it’s just a short step to see the poor and homeless as the evil that has stolen their jobs and their security. Those changes now have a face and the new environment gives those baser instincts space to be expressed. This is my view of what Nicholas Kristof refers to as “pushback” from those who object to his columns about the left-outs in American society.
Kristof has hit the nail on the head, but in my view he hasn’t hit it hard enough. It’s the season to emphasize love for one’s fellow man, but either the New York Times has fettered his outrage or he politely refuses to tie the can to the tail of the haters out there who feel free to openly express their poisonous venom. What worries me is that unless those who see the hatred for what it is hit back hard now, the monster is loose in the land and will devour all that is good until there is nothing left but chaos and an inequality that will destroy what little democracy that still exists in America.
That’s my view. Others can feel free to disagree or add layers to that onion. For those who want to take care of my delicate feelings, it’s okay to disagree with what I say. If I haven’t said enough, then it’s okay to point that out, too. If I’ve hit the bull’s eye in your view, then tell me and not sit back and complacently agree. If I seem angry, then you are right. This state of affairs has gone too far for me to quietly murmur my frustration at seeing America hijacked by ignorance and bigotry. Now is the time to speak out.