|These are puppets of different races. Perhaps adults should be watching the puppets as well as children.|
I live in Virginia, and whether everyone else knows this or not, the Richmond area has almost a 50% African American population. In Virginia, there are African American lawyers, physicians, teachers, college professors, high ranking police officials, nurses, and college presidents. Descendants of those who were once slaves of Thomas Jefferson and his family, are now doing rather well. Lawrence Douglas Wilder, the first African American governor in the US, I count as a friend. I have white friends, I have yellow friends, and I have black friends. I suppose I was raised to do what Martin Luther King said, which is to, and I am paraphrasing here, to judge each man and woman by the content of their character. An extension of this is that I don't like or support everyone who is white, just because they share my race, or even my haircolor. I don't like everyone of Scottish ancestry, like me. Not every Asian or American Indian is my close friend, although some of them really are. I have several African American friends who are very important to me. Yet, somehow, if I criticize the actions of Barack Hussein Obama, I am somehow magically transformed into a racist. Racism is not giving a pass to everyone of a different race than you. It is politely calling them as you see them, regardless of the race, creed and color of the person involved.
I do read the commentaries of Americans on Yahoo which follow the articles. One woman posted a reasonable concern following the re-election of Mr. Obama, and this was the follow up she received.
From a Yahoo Poster this week:
From E Yahoo
Your white ancestors brought mine here on slave galleys. My ancestors built America with blood, sweat and tears under harsh treatment. Now we have taken it back. Once you go black you never go back...just ask your wives. We have taken the presidency, your white gals, and soon we'll take 80% of your jobs. Go away, get off OUR land. We dont want you here. Get back on your ships and sail away. This is our land now, and dont any of you white people EVER forget that. We quietly outsmarted you. We are the superior race now!!!!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
This is very concerning. How many poorly educated African Americans genuinely feel this way ?
Many whites NEVER had slaves. One branch of my family came to The New World as indentured servants themselves and worked their way up to dirt farmers. Another branch worked side by side with Chinese immigrants to make enough to feed all their families. The farm I reside on today, had former slaves choosing to remain with the elderly couple who had "owned them" prior to their liberation. The farm was inherited by these slaves, and their descendants eventually sold it to me. There is and always will be some injustice in the world. However, in many places,in the US and around the world, we really do cooperate interracially for the good of everyone.
This week, I forwarded this to my white and my black friends. This kind of inflammatory posting by the writer, will ultimately feed a racial divide and create violence between races. I want each one of them to be careful and to stay safe. How ironic that a biracial president who could have built upon all this progress, presides in a time in which new racial wounds have been opened.
Update: I noticed today when I went back to look at the responses to "E"'s commentary, that Yahoo had pulled his post. It remained up for five days.
UPDATE: July 20, 2013 President Obama seems to be nurturing the racial divide once again.
This week, he was saying that he will never forget being followed in a department store when he was alone as a teen. He attributes this to his African American heritage. Does he not understand that we all were ? I too was followed in a J.C. Penneys when I was seventeen, not because I was white, or female, but simply because I was a teenager without a parent present and because at that time, it was teens without parents present who were doing a great deal of the shop lifting in that era. Gosh, I had hoped he was brighter than that.