Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Do We Really Live In A Post Racial America?

I am sure that most of us have heard or gotten the notion from certain segments of society, and the media, that the election of President Obama means that we now, all of a sudden, we live in a country where racism has become a thing of the past. That we now have a level playing field for which we should be grateful. I almost get the feeling that some people actually believe that the election of a black president some how makes up for 400 years of slavery, and decades of oppression there after. But in all reality bigotry is still pervasive in certain parts of this country.
An African American couple in Mississippi were denied the right to get married in a pro dominantly Caucasian church in which they were members simply because they are Black. The congregation even threatened to fire the Pastor if he held the ceremony there. When The story broke I assumed that the commenter was referencing to a story from the 50's or 60's. Imagine my surprise when I realized that he was actually talking about something that happened a few days ago, in 2012!!!
This is proof that Jim Crow is still alive and well in certain parts of the country, and the idea that having Barack Obama as President is going to erase 465 years of slavery and cultural conditioning is ridiculous. Especially with people like Rush Limbaugh, and Glenn Beck, fanning the flames of racism each and every day. Gun sales in America have soared since the Presidential election in 2008, due to the propaganda and fantasy created to convince middle America to vote against their own self interests. Their being told that the President is going to give the country to African American's, they are being told that universal health care is wrong because it, in some way, takes away from their quality of life. They are bombarded by bias news outlets that play to their worst fears and, had misguided them by stating fiction as fact. Do we live in a post racial America? NO! Will we ever?
Speak on it!


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