OK, scream at me for playing the race card. Is it just coincidental that about 10% of white voters in Alabama and Mississippi voted for Barack Obama? That used to be the heart of the Democratic Party until it supported civil rights legislation. Now the South is hard-core Republican and conservative. Could it be that there was some racism involved? Are you kidding?
Hordes of white Americans were given all the advantages of race in the U.S. Millions of whites used excuses about their lack of accomplishments or education because they came from one-parent families. "My parents were too poor to send me to college," is a white excuse. Yes, a black kid, confronted with racism daily, a society tried to mold him into failure, he only had one parent, grew up in something far less than elite surroundings, and became an outstanding student at a prestige university and law school. Then a U.S. Senator. Then President of the United States.
It sticks in too many white people's craw. But there it is, folks. All the bigoted and hateful beliefs about black people doesn't fit this level of success by Obama. All the attempts to keep black folks "in their place" are somehow skewed. All the lame excuses white people use for their own limitations do not fly in the face of what this black man overcame. He stands tall. He stands handsome. He stands comfortable in his intelligence and insight. He fits the office of President of the United States so well that it drives bigots to distractions. It drove one white, southern U.S. Congressman to do what nobody has done before, yell out a demeaning remark during a speech by the President in that Congressman's own House. When is enough, enough? When will this anti-intellectual crudeness end? When do we become civilized enough to throw aside our bigotry?
What is especially filthy is that they cannot attack him on his abundance of merits, they lower themselves to tell lie after lie after lie. Not only do they lie, but right-wing organizations organize gatherings to attack him with epithets and obnoxious drawings. Those gatherings are well planned, and NOT spontaneous. Don't be duped about this, this is sinister and this is organized ...and full of lies.
It is, plain and simple, bigotry and racism. Treat it as such. It has no place in a civilized society. All the attempts to explain it away as something else, are just more lies. It is bigotry and racism. Period.
"The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous." -Frederick Douglas (1818-1895). Escaped slave, abolitionist, author, editor of the North Star and later the New National Era