The Birther Racism Continues – Can I Rant A Minute?
Look out, I’m about to rant. Warning, profanity is to follow. Republicans still don’t fucking get it, now they have shifted their racist talking points to “why did it take so long for him to release it, I don’t understand”. My answer to that stupid question is BECAUSE HE SHOULDN’T HAVE TO YOU FUCKING IDIOT! What other president in our history has EVER had to do it before? And obviously they don’t fucking understand it because it comes from a dark, xenophobic part of their hate-filled souls which has been confirmed by the media and leaders in the Republican party. It is fucking disgusting that we are even talking about this bullshit when their are important issues like people starving in our own country, people being forced out of their homes, people unable to care for thier children and crazy, dictatorial governors who are wielding axes on the poor, women, children, students and anyone else they can bludgeon who isn’t a member of their fucking country club.
As a white man who was raised to respect all people and to stand up to hatred and bigotry with force, I’ve experienced this subtle, “if they only went along” mentality and I’ve jumped down many people’s throats to reveal their fucking bigotry. I’ve lost a few friends that way, but I don’t need any bigoted or racist friends in my life. During the election, I remember a professor at the university I work at saying that the only reason Barack Obama got the nomination was because of affirmative action within the Democratic Party. Standing in the hallway outside my office, I jumped down his fucking throat, called him a petty fucking racist and many other choice words. This wingnut Republican who poses as this friendly, funny guy is masking his bigotry and hatred and it is because of people like him that we have this type of bullshit in the year 2011. I still have a hard time even looking at the man now, and he acts all nice to me still as if nothing ever happened. He may be reading this, sometimes I think he is one of the trolls who sends hateful comments to me that I don’t post.
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I’ll tell a quick story that reveals why I care so much about this issue. There was an incident that happened when I was very young, it’s probably my earliest memory of childhood. My father was a man who had the biggest heart in the world, loved everyone, frequently gave out hugs and kisses and didn’t stand for people disrespecting anyone. My older brothers tell me that I remind them of him in a lot of ways. He passed away in 1968 when I was 6 years old. I don’t have very many memories of him at all. The incident that happened was that my dad brought home a friend and his wife for dinner one night, they happened to be African American. Well one of the racist neighbors apparently started talking trash about them and my dad. I remember very vividly as I followed my dad marching down the street and up to this racists front door. He pounded hard on the door, I was probably about 5 feet behind my dad with a couple other brothers. My dad proceeded to tongue lash that motherfucker and diminish him to about 2 inches tall in front of a gathering crowd. I remember the words “he is more of a man than you will ever be” and I think I heard a few words for the first time, coming out of my normally fun, loving, caring dad. That event had a profound effect on me and has guided my thinking to this day. I stand up to racism, especially when a white person whispers, or insinuates something racist as if all us white people think the same. Nothing pisses me off more than that and I continue to stand up to that kind of hatred whenever I see or hear it.
That event put a rift in the neighborhood, it drew a line in the sand between the racists and the good people. We lived a block away from the railroad tracks that separated the white population from the African American population and during the 60’s, there was a lot of tension as you can imagine. A story that my brother remembers is another illustration of how my dad was. The former BET host of “Live From LA With Tanya Hart”, Tanya Hart, was from my hometown. She was friends with and in a band with my brother Rod, they were teenagers at the time. One day my dad was on the porch with Rod and Tanya and the racist asshole was on his porch a few houses down. My dad, being the instigator that he is, said to my brother and Tanya, why don’t you two hold hands or kiss, as he looked in the racists direction. They both were embarrassed and said, we’re just friends and acted like teenagers would act. When I heard that story later in life, it confirmed my impression of my dad as someone who stood up to it forcefully. I think it is the only way it will ever change, and that is why I don’t hesitate to call a racist a racist when I see it. I don’t play any semantic games with people, if you are a racist and show it, I’m calling your ass out on it. If every white person did that, things would change much quicker in this world.
Instead, we as a society, with the help of the media, have elevated a complete fucking idiot, Donald Trump, to a position where his racist rants, his elitism and better than though demand of the President of the United States of America to show his birth certificate, has infected our public discourse. This sideshow that has been perpetuated by the brain dead fucking media is probably the worst example of how far we haven’t come in this country and in fact how we’ve gone backwards in the last few years. I frequently say how the election of George W. Bush empowered the village idiots, gave them confidence and cover to spew their hatred right out into the public square. Fox News and Rush Limbaugh being the main sources of that hatred. A platform for bigots of all stripes to slowly erode our discourse and turn us into a nation that believes some crazy, backwards things that go unchallenged by the “traditional” media.
And now they are subtly trying to keep that hatred alive by saying, “why didn’t he do it sooner, I don’t understand”. Like I said above “BECAUSE HE SHOULDN’T HAVE TO YOU FUCKING IDIOT!”