I went to pick up my children from school the other day and ran into a friend of mine who is an avid hunter and fisherman. He was all upset because he heard on the radio about how Obama wants to outlaw all guns and make hunting illegal. I started laughing. There is no way that this would ever happen nor has it been mentioned in congressional debate. I informed my friend that there has not been such a bill introduced and asked what he thought about the health care debate. “Well I don’t want to pay for someone else’s health insurance. It’s too expensive as it is! Obama just needs to get the $%#@ out of there!”
A few minutes later his two sons come out of school. I said hello and asked what they had learned about today. “We were studying about Abraham Lincoln and how he set the slaves free.” I listened to their interpretation of the civil war and was surprised to see a grimace on my friend’s face. I looked at him with kind of a, “What’s up?” expression on my face. He said, “Maybe we should be spending more time on other subjects like math and reading. Black people seem to think we need to be reminded all the time about this crap.” I simply said, “We do.”
Whether people want to acknowledge it or not, African Americans have only had the same rights as white Americans for 47 years. There are many people who lived through this era as children that are now adults. They were not treated with respect, or dignity, and were shamed because of something they could not control. The color of their skin. It is hard to shake anger and bitterness once it is placed. It is hard to forgive for hateful crimes against other human beings. But ultimately, that is what white people have asked. I would challenge anyone who said they would just get over it without feeling any kind of bitterness.
The Doubt of Benefit
Things seem to have slipped off the side of the mountain when President George W. Bush was in office. They had a TV show called, “That’s my Bush” on prime time television. This sitcom made fun of the stupidity and ignorance of the current president of the United States! They mad a movie, “W” about George W. Bush while he was still in office. These directors and producers had every right to do this, but you would have never seen anyone attempt such a thing with Jimmy Carter. Why? Respect. He is our President. The majority voted for him. Period. That is how our system works. We don’t have a 1 year free trial. There have always been skits and jokes about Presidents, but not such blatant scrutiny as there was with Bush. This has carried over into Obama’s presidency… except there is not that much to make fun of.
I see signs everywhere. “Osama Obama.” “Impeach Obama.” Why? At the very least for the first time in 8 years, we have a president that is trying. Is he doing it correctly? I am not one to judge. But I will give anyone the respect they deserve for trying to fix something that is badly broken and have the conviction to say every day, ” I will make things better.”
What message do we send our children when we post signs like this? When we slander every deed done or not done with no proof and apparently no consequence or criticism?
Everyone has an opinion and opinions are what built this country. I do not support any particular political party. However, I am for respect of others. President Obama has achieved something that I did not expect to see in my lifetime. He is working day and night to try and come up with solutions to all of our problems. One of our great presidents, John F. Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” It is time to look back and be reminded of how far we have come in 47 years with all of our advancements. Take pride in those things. Build off of these thing. And remember what a great country we live in.