Tuesday, January 24, 2012
But, Why The Hate?
On a warm June day in 1964, I hitch-hiked from Cincinnati to New Orleans by car. I went through Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi before I arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana. I had gotten rides with many different people, and I heard many different stories. The Civil Rights Movement in America was on the minds of some of the white people that picked me up on my way to New Orleans. It was, I found out later, a very dangerous time to be traveling through the deep south, especially if you were perceived as being there to work on for the Civil Rights Movement and voter registration of black people in those southern states. It was during that month of June, 1964, that three young men were murdered for working with the Civil Rights Movement and their bodies were buried by a bridge in Mississippi.
Today, it is 2012. Almost 48 years from when I graduated from college and decided to spend my summer working on a ship out of New Orleans. Much time has pasted since those days of the Civil Rights Movement. Much has changed in the deep south, and yet there is, in my opinion and that of others of a like mind, that racism is still very much with us today. I guess I am a bit naive to think that an African-American elected President of these United States in 2008, would not be subjected to such bigotry and hate. What does it matter what is his religion? Why do people persist in saying he is a Muslim if he says he is a Christian? I wonder what they would say if he were a Jew? Why do some people use such language as he is not legally our president? What is that all about? President Obama won the election by a wide margin and was sworn into office by the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court! What sense does it make to call into question that he is legally our President?
People can have honest disagreement about how our country should be run. Honest disagreements about political philosophy. Honest disagreements about the role of the Federal Government in the 21st century. But, why the hate? That in my opinion, doesn't belong.