Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Supreme BS...

There is something sinister about the push back from the Republican party against President Obama that reeks of history, a dark stain in history. The case of Plessey Vs. Ferguson June 7th 1890 the case of one man who refused to sit in the “colored” car of a train in Louisiana. The case made it’s way to the supreme court where the court ruled against his right to sit where he wanted. Today the Republican party and it’s thinly veiled resistance against everything this President has achieved or would like to achieve hearkens back to that point in our history which was crucial in early America when slavery teetered on being outlawed only to be fortified and kept for another 100 years or so. Jim crow and segregation laws maintained inequality even if the plantations and chains were dismantled. You take the current suppression of the vote in many states and it is easy to feel the spirit of that same evil where one group of citizens suppresses another because they can and they are the ruling class. It is strange to imagine that someone like a Richard Pierce of Arizona the proponent of SB70 the anti immigration bill who it has been shown has a direct link to white supremacists groups could flourish in local politics and not be forced to resign and stay out of public office. This same monster is associated with prisons where the majority of the inmates are brown skinned ethnic men. Isn’t our current prison system and justice bias against men of color another Jim Crow? Isn’t it just more racism and slavery in the present day? So where we make strides (voting in our first African American president) we then suffer a severe push back, a push back that allowed Michelle Bachman to wax poetic about the glory days when we African Americans worked on Plantations and according to her African American families were more intact then, than they were today.What a crock of ignorant insensitive bull.It make me scream whenever I see her take the microphone because her ignorance is shared by many lazy uniformed people in the middle fly over states and it scares me. Her brand of racism is what ails America today. Lack of information and a need to dominate and suppress. Maybe it is human nature and we will always have to fight the tide of suppression like a virus or mold it lingers and takes root if we take our attention away from it. We must stay vigilant. Growing up in Canada as a young black child my family was mixed and the only people of color that were close to me was my sister and mother and everyone wasn’t black. So we were teased as little girls and made to feel bad for being a beautiful shade of brown. So much were we teased that my sister took to wearing an angora sweater on her head to mimic having hair that moved “like Cher’s”. When were were older our father whose exposure to African American men was mainly musicians or pimps because he had night clubs and shady guys frequented them. So he made it his mission to scare me and my sister off men of color because his shaggy gang of thugs didn’t represent anything wholesome and in his twisted mind he was helping his little girls. As an adult I never allowed myself to integrate that part of my racial heritage and I know my love life would have been more diverse and I would have welcomed it had I not been frightened as a child against the very type of man I would today come to adore and love.To me it is a sad missing whole in my heart that we were sequestered away from our own heritage for no good reason. The African Canadian men are not all violent or wife beating thugs. It is so sad that we weren’t exposed early on to what is true that there are infinite examples of truly wonderful men and woman of a rainbow of colors. So the burden of raising our children to ensure they have diverse friends, and that we as adults diversify our own inner landscape. That we welcome differences. Politically I am friends with people who are republican I don’t hold it against anyone to be who they are even if it differs greatly from my own beliefs. I personally don’t think this Supreme court is trustworthy. Gore vs Bush was the moment I knew they were corrupt. I wish they were held to account like they do in Singapore. If a justice is found to be open to bribery or whatever they are executed within a week. They don’t mess around over there you will be dead in 7 days of being found guilty. So the justices are held to a very high standard and I am certain even with that lofty threat there are crooked judges. I don’t trust this court and I don’t like half of them I do feel Justice Thomas is too closely affiliated with the Heritage foundation via his wife, so he should be removed.We fancy we have come a long way but everyday I can see where we have not and I quake in fear. Citizen united ruling will be remembered as the ruling that killed democracy. Get a photo ID and register to vote, be vigilant because we are under attack and the unthinkable is possible. God help us all.

9 comments:

Dion said...

Yes, we certainly need help. "God help us all", you say.

Which God? The one forced upon the African slaves by their white masters? Is that God relevant to a free people who had their own spirituality whipped into submission and buried quietly.

Rae Dawn Chong said...

Your God; each of us has some sort of bigger than thou presence or "thing" we refer to a "our" divine one unless one is atheist. I personally fluctuate between thinking it female and a principal and less idol, or personality.

Rae Dawn Chong said...

My husband just discovered his (his younger brother tested his DNA) ancestry from west Africa so he is African after all. Relief.

Dion said...

I apologize for my crass and ambiguous comment. There's something about the spread of Christianity through war and slavery that gets my dander up.

I don't think it matters if our ancestors are from Timbuktu or Kalamazoo. I feel I'm stating the obvious and we all feel that way, but when you said' "relief", about your husband's heritage, I wasn't sure if you were serious or not.

My wish is a world where everyone lives at peace with each other, without religion dividing us. Without skin color dividing us.

Dwane T. said...

For the record, the God forced upon the African slaves by their White masters proved to be the same God they looked to for strength to endure their situation, and guidance to come out of it. The same God that Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglas and Robert Smalls believed in. Much of the planning that was done for the numerous slave rebellions took place in the House of God (church). The spread of Christianity through war and slavery was wrong, but it had nothing to do with Christianity and everything to do with greed and a desire to control… just as it’s used by the extreme political Right-wing today. Christianity used as it was spoken by Christ does what it did for the slaves, and what it did for the Civil Rights movement. Having bad followers of a God does not mean that God is bad.

To your points Rae, as I already said, it’s about greed and control. Obama is a threat to the greed and control the rich have. He is even worse than Clinton, who in their opinion was a poor, White trash, n_gg_er lover who was not part of the Oligarchy that has always controlled this country. But Obama is the epitome of their failure to control: the product of a pure African man and a middle-America White woman who excelled in the educational and political system that was designed to limit him under a glass ceiling, for which the only way past this ceiling was to be a religious leader or a spokesman for their oligarchy… ala J.C. Watts and Michael Steele. Not only did he outsmart them in organizing around their system to beat them, he inspired and empowered dormant factions of the country to do the same thing at grass roots community and economic levels. He came out of nowhere, fought them, and won… and they despise him for it because they didn’t think it was possible.

Not only is their treatment of Obama reminiscent of Plessy v. Ferguson, it’s also reminiscent of the rise of the KKK. Much of the Tea Party movement is rich White folks getting poor White folks to fight their battle for them without any real benefit to the poor White folks… just like with the KKK of the 1800’s. Just like with the old KKK, many of those poor White folks are poorly educated, and not the politically sophisticated, but will respond well to simple arguments that amount to “we’re good, and they’re bad”, like Bush Jr. used. Those arguments work because those poor Whites just want to be validated as being special or superior no matter how bad their lot in life is. That’s why politicians like Bachman, and Gingrich can say the craziest most racist things, and people will rally behind it… because it validates the pre-conceived notion of “we’re good, they’re bad”. It’s horrible, but Plessy v. Ferguson was too… and it didn’t last either.

glt said...

I miss your FB notes and the 100 comments....it was easy to meet cool people who are still good friends...I'm starting to get a desertion complex.

frenchwoman said...

Je suis d'accord GLT Rae nous manque sur FB c'etait agréable, sympathique...Georgia

That Winona Girl said...

congratulations....on your marriage Rae. Your husband with African blood does not surprise me, I have met many whites, who know and try to hide it. lol.

That Winona Girl said...

congratulations....on your marriage Rae. Your husband with African blood does not surprise me, I have met many whites, who know and try to hide it. lol.

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