Forty-three years since the Civil Rights Act which outlawed segregation passed, with a tacked on and much debated gender protection clause, America has a woman and a black man running against each other for a spot on the Democrat ticket for president.
Pride and progress swell American hearts and minds. We have put both the race and gender divide behind us. Or, maybe not.
It appears that while I was comfortable in my church listening to sermons about loving my fellow man no matter what his skin color, and while my parents were raising me to be colorblind, there were, and still are, black churches preaching a decidedly less gracious view of whites in the USA-- or the "US of KKK A" as Dr. Jeremiah Wright, Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ, raved from his pulpit in a Chicago church whose motto is "Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian."
I hesitate to discuss the issue, because I'm white. Whites, apparently, are held to a different version of what constitutes racism. Try attending a church whose motto is "Unashamedly White," (not that you'd want to). Al Sharpton would swoop in, and the ACLU would scream.
Do I sound racist? I'm not. But frankly, I'm angry.
Damn angry at the hate, racist language, and antisemitism, spewing from Wright's mouth. Say what you will about this being the culture of the Black church, it reeks of hypocrisy that blacks cry foul at far less incendiary comments from the mouths of whites, yet defend the right not only of this pastor to say "God damn America" while assigning centuries of unfair treatment of blacks to present day whites, but for our presidential candidate to have steeped in this racism for the twenty plus years he has attended Wright's church. Yes, racism!
That Barack Obama wouldn't salute the American flag months ago, that his wife says America is worse now than decades ago, says that because her husband is running for president, for the first time she is proud of America . . . She who went to Princeton, and Harvard, who became a lawyer, who has a husband running for President is just now becoming proud? This is something I ponder when I'm not caught up in the daily grind, and the issues raise a flag-- not the red white and blue one.
And it makes me angry.
How disappointing that while Americans of all races continue to strive to make America a place of equal rights and fair treatment for all, some blacks, who were born well past the separate but equal days, continue to hold the sins of the grandfathers against present day Americans.
It makes me mad. Damn mad!
At whom? Not all, and certainly not most Americans. But to those who continue to divide with hate speech and ugly rhetoric, come, let us reason together. Before, like Sisyphus, we slide back down the long hill it took years to climb.
“I hope that people will finally come to realize that there is only one 'race' - the human race - and that we are all members of it.” ~Margaret Atwood