Oct 12

Racism Today

It began with slavery, included lynching, Jim Crow, segregation and lots of other truly despicable assaults against humanity. Racism can never be accurately described as “Mild” but both severity (i.e.: compared to lynching for example) and incidence have thankfully declined. The hopeful can actually see “light at the end of the tunnel” where racism will cease to exist in any form.

Sadly, we took a big step backward today. An incredibly smart, successful, thoughtful young man wore a hat, spoke some words from his heart and hugged a guy who just happened to be the current President of the United States. There was a crowd in the Oval Office, the cameras were rolling and the mics were on so what went wrong? Where in the world was the racism?

It came immediately afterward. It screamed in agony from the TV sets, the radios and would be wept over in print as soon as the presses could roll. The digital world may never be the same. Facebook can’t decide whether to ban the event itself or the reaction or both and just pretend it didn’t happen.

Here is the deal-black people, no matter how smart, successful or committed to “Justice for all” can not, must not, dare not wear a Trump hat or hug a Republican even if he is the President. The “Controllers” say so.

They can not allow some uppity Black guy to think for himself. Others, like Oprah, might begin to do so.  Dropping from “Controller” to mere “Observer” is a long way to fall.