Emmette Till and President Barak Obama

Racism in the 2014 Mid-Term Election

(BEWARE:  Some may think this is a very biased post!)

Yesterday they planted a tree in order to remember the killing of Emmett Till, a young African American boy who was murdered by light-skinned people nearly sixty years ago. It was a symbolic act that acknowledged the racial prejudice, violence, and hate from the past. This act seems ironic if we consider what is happening to our dark-skinned President Obama.

Discrimination

Barak Obama and Emmett Till

The recent election turned much of the United States a very bright red. The Republicans have finally met their goal of achieving power over all of us. Pundits can’t really come up with the reason for their victory. Most point to jobs and the economy. I have another theory.

Throughout the campaigns all over the country, Republicans united in their goal of debasing and destroying the person and image of President Obama. For many Americans, his name conjures up disgust in their minds. They have heard so many negative things about his administration that their response could only be “hate.” People don’t like Obamacare, The Affordable Care Act, but when you press them for the reason, they can’t even articulate one.

Republicans ran campaigns that forgot about the average citizen that makes less than $60K a year. Did they campaign on feeding the poor? Did they campaign on equality for women, minorities, and the gay, lesbian, and trans-sexual communities? Did they campaign on providing just and fair wages to the millions of people who are working but are poor? Did they campaign on fixing our educational system that has been pillaged by bureaucrats? Did they campaign on helping people to have access to medical care that might save their lives and their pocketbooks? Did their campaigns have any hint of justice and care or even love for the people of this country?

In my experience, when the wealthy amass all the wealth they can possibly use they do two things. First, they try to increase their wealth, and secondly, they seek power over others to make the world into a place they can control. And how many wealthy Republicans are finding themselves in this very spot now? They will be able to put more money into their own pockets, the pockets of their friends, and then change the world to fit into their world view, leaving out most Americans.

John Boehner, Speaker for the House of Representatives, let his peacock feathers spread when he strutted, assaulted, and threatened the President. He said, “When you play with matches, you take the risk of burning yourself. And he’s going to burn himself if he continues to go down this path.”

I have been listening to the pundits attempt to interpret the meaning of this very violent statement. What did he mean? If we take a look at the history of the United States we will find that we have burned or killed the people that we fear, or feel as if they are taking something away from us. Many females termed “witches” have met their untimely end by this method. Just take a spin around the “net” and search for the words, “burn,” and “black man.” You will find countless stories of Americans burning people of color or “black” men who they want to exterminate.  See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynching_of_Jesse_Washington

Here is my theory. The Republicans ran racist campaigns all over the country. They did not necessarily include the word “race” in their political attacks, all they had to do was show President Obama’s face. People got the message, it did not need to be spelled out for them. Now the Speaker of the House has conjured up images and threats that go back to  the dog-tearing and hosing (water) days of our country. He knew what he was saying and he meant it. From my view, at the back of the bus, the REAL agenda of the Republicans in the next two years is to reinstate-White Male Supremacy. The hateful attitude that murdered Emmette Till is still alive and thriving in our country today in many of those red states.

We need to take that hate, prejudice, and discrimination and bury it as we remember what they did to Emmett and what they are doing to President Obama!

 

As always, this post is copyrighted by Marla J. Selvidge

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