I wasn’t quite sure which category to drop this post into, but the hat seems to fit this one.
Seen over at Irregular Times is a story about American history, racism and elected officials. It’s a very relevant story given the forthcoming trial of a man involved in killings which inspired the film Mississippi Burning. Given how GWB and so many others spout on about ‘American values’ and persecute countries and peoples that do not meet their ‘oh so high’ standards, why can’t they put their own states in some sort of order ?
I am not an ‘-ist’ person – I’ll wait for you to speak or do before I pass judgement – and I find racism abhorrent. But look at the IT link above, go read it. 20 elected people did NOT publicly support that bill. Doesn’t sound a lot does it, just 20 people, but when you add up the number of people that vote for those 20 and remember that those officials must be really worried about their reputation / career / bank account, then you cannot fail to realise just how deeply ingrained not only racism but the barbaric response that some would use actually is. Here we are in 2005, and yet 20 elected officials in the country, which if GWB and the hawks had their way we would kowtow to and mimic, are tacitly supporting the fact that it is okay to lynch a fellow human being simply because their skin is a different colour ? What ?
I’m not talking about a bunch of neo-nazis who demand their right to carry all manner of weapons, I’m not on about deranged individuals who
actually voted for Bush have extreme beliefs – I AM talking about the fact that in what passes for what GWB would say is the heart of a good country are 20 people who have no place there. Yeah, you say, but we are a democracy, we believe in the rights of the individual, we are the US of friggin’A so those guys are allowed to be there. Broadly speaking that’s difficult to argue with – though those people should be shunned and even the mainstream US press does not report the names – but the depth and breadth of racism that this demonstrates is something I do find shocking.
(And before someone kicks off: yes, there is racism here in the UK, yes racists have been openly voted into low offices and no I do not think that everyone in the US is racist. None of this negates what I think.)