This is the biggest news of our lifetime – “who knew”! This comes as a big surprise to many people of color everywhere. Yes, folks – racism is dead – according to the Republican National Committee, who confirmed the breaking news via a tweet on Sunday. The Republican National Committee issued the BIG NEWS, as they celebrated the 58th anniversary of Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama, by proclaiming racism has ended.
We know Rosa Parks’ courageous acts and the Montgomery Bus Boycott were indeed crucial protests against a reprehensible, often violent system of racism only compared to Apartheid in South Africa. But, unfortunately conservatives refuse to acknowledge that institutional racism is still pervasive, powerful, and deeply entrenched in voting restrictions, food stamps cuts, and wealth disparities.
Several hours after the GOP declared the end of racism; they retracted their tweet and sent out a new one: “Previous tweet should have read “Today we remember Rosa Parks’ bold stand and her role in fighting to end racism.” But it was too little, too late: Twitter users had already begun posting with “#RacismEndedWhen” to mock the statement.
Sorry to let anyone down, and sadly much to my dismay, racism hasn’t ended! The truth is it has increased since the election of President Obama in 2008 and one could argue that it is more deliberate than at any time in our lifetime and certainly since fifty years ago when Mrs. Parks took her heroic stand.
Following the re-election of Obama in 2012, Colin Powell publicly condemned the GOP’s “dark vein of intolerance” and the party’s repeated use of racial code words to oppose the president and rally white conservative voters. Without mentioning names, Powell singled out former Mitt Romney surrogate and New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu for calling Obama “lazy” and Sarah Palin, who, Powell charged, used slavery-era terms to describe Obama.
When the right-wing comes forward with such a dishonest and disconcerting declaration of such a false reality – lookout, there is a surge a coming! Be careful who you trust because the devil was once an angel. All I can say is VOTE! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…