The root of American civilization is grounded in citizenship. I guess it would be wise to say that the root word is “civil” and often times, as history shows, this is not always apparent. I say that in terms of the elephant always in the room – race. Yes, I meant to use that expression because there are those who recognize the elephant (GOP) as the icon of their thinking, which in my opinion is rooted in the old ways, meaning that which is rooted in the master-slave ideal of “supremacy”.
We see voter suppression, i.e., “Poll Tax” that has reappeared with a vengeance. There is talk of a Civil War! Then there was the recent Emmitt Till like murder of Trayvon Martin and the most recent incident where the police claim that a black youth shot himself in the head while handcuffed in the backseat of a police car. Not long ago, we witnessed the brutal beating of Rodney King and the police said we did not see what we saw!
I could give plenty example of injustice including the system of unaddressed poverty and the pitiful education system that have created despair in many African American communities. Now, I don’t want to just bring up the least of thee with regard to injustice. Henry Louis Gates the Harvard Professor was arrested trying to enter his own home and the fraud of the Shirley Sherrod character assassination.
This brings me to the Republican “love fest” taking place in Tampa this week. It will have all the hallmarks of an old time revival full of Klan like coded or maybe not so code language and surely reminders of states rights. This event will be scary because it surely will be an assault on minorities, women, and the poor charging that it is the American way. To some degree that is true – remember slavery and Jim Crow.
The irony of is this is very clear as they have repeatedly said, “We want to take back our country”. Racism is not merely a simplistic hatred. It is, more often, broad sympathy toward some and broader skepticism toward others. Black America consistently lives under that skeptical eye. The election of an African American to our highest political office was alleged to demonstrate a triumph of integration and even then, full acceptance is still withheld.
I lived and witness this country they want to revisit and I will tell you “it was not a nice place”. And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…
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