Saturday, October 27, 2012

Am I One Of Those?

Once upon a time in America, especially in 'the South,' there was a term used that we no longer hear much.  It seems to have finally fallen away.  Progress, I guess.  But it lived for a good hundred years after Emancipation and died a slow, bitter death, if indeed it really is dead.  The term was "nigger lover" and it was the harshest imprecation one (usually southern) white man could hurl at another.  "Nigger lover!"

Think about it.  What does one say back to something like that?  To deny it is to acknowledge that it's a valid term, and that it's a bad thing.  "Nigger lover!"  It's the word that caused Ty Cobb to snap, in the 19 teens.  After ignoring verbal abuse from a deranged fan for six innings one day, Cobb 'snapped' and leaped into the seats and pummeled a paraplegic (as it turned out) after he heard "Nigger lover!".  How dare that guy?

What did it even mean?  In the minds of the dimwits who would use such a term there were two kinds of people.  White people and "niggers."  Remember the 'n word' was used quite casually by a large segment of the population for that hundred years.  And "niggers" needed to 'know their place.'  (Hence the term 'uppity' for the ones that  didn't.)  A "nigger lover" was anybody that wasn't sufficiently 'down' with the idea of White Supremacy.  "Nigger lover!"

I've never been called that and I don't remember ever reading or hearing the term except historically.  But there's a new term I'm seeing and hearing a lot, just lately, one that I HAVE been called.  The term is "Obama worshiper."  It apparently means someone who is not sufficiently 'down' with the idea that President Obama is an America-hating, reverse-racist, terrorist-sympathizing, America-apologist, secret Muslim, intent on turning the U.S. into a Marxist-Socialist-Islamo-Fascist state, with gay marriage and abortion on demand for all.  Which makes me one, I guess, since I don't accept any of those things as being grounded in reality, much less even remotely true. 

Kind of weird, too, since the idea of actually 'worshiping' seems to me like some relic from our dark and distant past.  It seems to me that any being actually worthy of being worshiped would not want to be (It would lack the requisite vanity) and any being that demanded it would not merit it (but only want it for its own ego-gratification.)

Obama worshiper!  And I'm hearing this from otherwise normal people too, who work and play and eat and sleep and live and love just like you and me.  They just have this one blind spot.  Somehow they can't see, can't even allow for the possibility, that the rest of us see a man trying to do a very difficult job in a very difficult, even hostile environment and doing a pretty fair job of it.  Nothing more.  No worship.  No 'Lord Barry.'  Just a president that looks different from the previous forty-two who isn't pursuing a right-wing agenda (as we knew he wouldn't). 

I was asked in the summer of '08 if I thought America was really ready for a black president.  I said, of course.  Why not?  Was I wrong?     

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  2. Were you wrong? Yes. It was too soon, 79% (latest poll of racism) of the GOP had not matured enough to handle it. And no. It was time, we were at a place in our history when we need this lesson.

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    1. So, maybe it was time to take a first step.

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  3. You were not wrong Kevin. America has been ready for anything other than a rich, white male, for a long time. In fact, I often wonder what would happen to the "Get out of the WHITE House" t-shirts if Herman Cain or Allen West were running against the President.
    Nigger lover? I've heard it in my life-time. Of course when I would visit family in the South. But in Chicago, you are more likely to hear the term "Race Traitor". The Klan is not really up here, at least I don't see or know about them. But we have a huge population of Supremacists. Aryan Nation, Aryan Brotherhood members coming out of prison. We have lots of them, but for the most part, they try to stay low key. If they are in the spot light, it would be harder for them to push there agenda. Race Trading Nigger? Yeah I've been called that, you know why. Because I was at a bar with my buddy from work, who happens to be Mexican. My response was to simply tell him that if he thought he was more of a man than me, we could step out in the ally and figure it out. Unfortunately, I feel that sometimes violence needs to be fend off with violence. But for the most part, Supremacists will back away from a physical altercation, which leads me to believe most of them started out as disenfranchised, scared kids.
    Obama worshiper stems from a belief other than race. It stems from stupidity. The basic premise is that Obama supporters look at him as a God, and not a public servant.
    I don't support a second term by Obama. I also do not support a first term by Romney. That might make ME Communist. Not sure yet. LOLOLOLOLOLOL
    hope that helped Buddy.

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    1. Not sure if America was 'ready' but I am sure we needed it. As to supporting an Obama second term: I too have been disappointed. But then I remind myself how big the job is and how obstinate the opposition has been. And I ask myself what my other choices are. ; )

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