One of our readers here commented that he was too young to remember the Black Power fist symbol as he was growing up in a post-racist generation. But as a CBS News story points out, racism isn’t dead in the U.S., it’s just been in remission.
CBS/AP) Cross burnings. Schoolchildren chanting “Assassinate Obama.” Black figures hung from nooses. Racial epithets scrawled on homes and cars.
Incidents around the country referring to President-elect Barack Obama are dampening the postelection glow of racial progress and harmony, highlighting the stubborn racism that remains in America.
There have been “hundreds” of incidents since the election, many more than usual, said Mark Potok, director of the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate crimes. (snip)
Four North Carolina State University students admitted writing anti-Obama comments in a tunnel designated for free speech expression, including one that said: “Let’s shoot that (N-word) in the head.” Obama has received more threats than any other president-elect, authorities say.
Before the election while looking at the Google searches that brought readers to my own blog, I ran across some alarming search text from Wasilla Alaska that said ‘why Barack Obama should be shot in the head’. Reallizing that search text had brought someone to my blog left me literally shaking.
You can read more incidents in the CBS article. I gently suggest to our young reader that if he sees America as post-racist, perhaps he’s been wearing blinders. I wonder if in my own lifetime I will see our country reach a place where we really are blind to race, gender, sexual preference, age, or other categories that still garner prejudice today.