It’s 1971, and the South has not quite dealt with Brown v. Board of Education. Nor Green v. County School Board of New Kent County. And is having a really hard time with Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenberg Board of Education in regards to busing. The South is a little slow, and those in South Carolina will tell you that they have not quite resolved the “recent unpleasantness” of over 140 years ago. Those darkies are still a thorn in everyone’s side.
The Supreme Court forced busing to “desegregate” and equalize education—the success of that is still up for debate. Various civil rights acts, in combination with affirmative action attempted to equalize the workplace. Yet, in 2009, we have a much more insidious form of racism than ever before—because it is unspoken. Anyone who truly believes that the color or ethnic lines have been broken is either ignorant or lying to themselves—it is still there, and takes forms not thought of a generation before.
Now we seem to have a black in the White House. Nothing the man does is acceptable to the right wing establishment—and we have to ask ourselves why. Joe Wilson, a U.S. Representative from South Carolina, represents just the tip of the iceberg that seeks to undermine the president—diluting the authority of the presidency—and denigrating the holder of that office. The only thing that was missing from his vocal attack was the word “boy” after “you lie”. This is just another rotten page in the book of lies that already contain such choice labels as Kenyan, foreigner, Muslim, socialist, Nazi, communist, America Hater, so on and so forth. Where do they come up with all of this rubbish?
It’s tragic that we are still fighting the same battle of putting blacks on the bus as putting one in the White House. One would assume as America has grown older, it has grown wiser and resistant to fear of the “other”. The far right of the Republican Party is by far the most vocal—and has not had a single good thing to say about anything the man has done. Nor have they offered a single, workable alternative to any change or reform being offered. One has to wonder—and their own words explain themselves. They want him to fail at any possible cost. There is a nigger on the bus, and by God—we are going to teach him a lesson.
What is happening is far beyond any partisan posturing. Although a sufficient number of Americans voted a black into office—there is beyond initial conscience a certain sense of “buyers remorse”. No where is the resentment more apparent than in Republican attacks. Being modernly politically correct, these various loumouthed representatives of an America we need to move beyond–but dare not say what they are really thinking–are using other tools to marginalize and denigrate the president and his office. It’s high time that the Limbaughs, Hannitys, Malkins, and others of their ilk are put into their place. Well political fans, Barry is not going to the back of the bus, and it is time to work for the progress of the county—not narrow minded bigotry and party agendas.