The issue no one wants to talk about

You might have noticed that the superheroes have been silent since the election.  We talked about hanging up our capes until the election in 2010, but recent events have made me change my mind about that.

In the last week alone, the horrible, terrible New York Post published a racist cartoon with the image of a gorilla being shot with the caption, “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill.”

Then there’s the case of the mayor of Los Alamitos, CA (thanks, Ripley, for the tip).  He sent a picture of the White House in an e-mail.  That should be fine, right?  Nope.  Instead of grass, the picture had a watermelon patch in in the front lawn.  The title of the e-mail: “No Easter egg hunt this year.”  Just in case you didn’t  get the “joke,” the implication is that because the Obamas are different, everything will fundamentally change.  Oh, no. There are scary black people in the White House.  And they aren’t servants.  Eek!

Still don’t think there’s anything going on?

Well, around time time of the inauguration, a bakery in New York came up with the fabulous idea of selling pastries commemorating the historic day.  Great idea, right?  Nope.  This baker decided that he would sell “Drunken Negro Head” cookies.  Think I’m kidding?  Watch this news report on the bakery and see for yourself.

What does this say about race in our country?  We have elected an African-American as president, but how far have we really come?

These incidents remind me of the racist yard sign Ferosha saw during the campaign.  The fact that people think blatant racism is something they can get away with kind of makes me worry about where race relations in our country are headed.

I don’t really know how to talk about this.  But I feel it would be wrong for me not to.  After all, I am a black woman and now I’m a blogger, too.  That means I can get on my soapbox and talk about whatever I want.  And you can read it or you can ignore it, but at least I get to say what I want.  If you don’t like it, post a comment or get your own blog.

But, like I said, I don’t really know what to say about this.  All I do know is that these events have compelled me to write.  And I’m putting it out there because I think that race is an issue that should be talked about.  What do you think?



February 26, 2009. Barack Obama, bigotry, Hypocrisy.

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