Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Watching Morning Joe I noticed the camera used something special as a transition shot they show a statue of the founder of Chicago who wasn’t Irish or Italian he was Caribbean from Haiti. What it makes me feel is fear…because back in the early 1700’s we people of color enjoyed a modicum of respect and freedom and then the hammer came done. In the late 1800’s but prior to that we were on our way to a more level playing field as Americans. Today with the slimy presidential battle and the graceful Presidency of Obama I feel fear for the back lash that can thrust this country back 150 years in social and political policy. Please…not only is the Romney campaign counting on the elderly voters to vote for him because they distrust the Black man but the lies they are spreading, the distortions make me nervous. Every day the Obama campaign need to put a liar’s board up in Times Square listing the untruths being spread by the Republicans, like the debt board just post the list as it keeps growing of the lies. I know people are confident he will win…but I think that is folly. I don’t trust the process and I do believe Jim Crow is closer to being law again than any of us can imagine. It doesn’t seem possible but Nazism didn’t seem possible in pre World War two Europe which is why so many intelligent people got on those trains. Trusting that people were decent when in fact they were hideous monsters taking men and women who were doctors, lawyers, women and children to their deaths, monsters like Rush and Michelle Bachman and Santorum and others on the crazy right long for days when we were enslaved. It is in their rhetoric it is in every speech the ghost of dark days past. We are under attack and for every accomplishment we seem to make it seems eternally we will have to be vigilant against those that cannot control their fears and therefore wish censorship and loss of liberty and God forbid life for all minorities in America and women. It’s unimaginable but possible and this chills me to the bone.
Posted by Rae Dawn Chong at 7:55 AM