Thursday, April 12, 2012

Post-racial America? Uh, not really

A white/Hispanic man kills a black youth in Florida and does not get arrested, for at least for a month and a half.

Fox News commenters put it all into racist perspective.

A white columnist wrote a racist column for the National Review and, shockingly, lost his job.

But, polling shows that white America isn't paying that much attention to the Florida case.

Apparently, we don't care much about the Tulsa, Okla., case where three blacks were killed and two wounded in random shootings. A white man and a Native American, who considers himself white, were arrested.

And we obviously didn't hear about the case in Georgia in 2005, when a black man stood his ground by shooting and killing a white man who threatened his son and himself at their home with a knife. Naturally, the black man is serving a life sentence. There was little cry of a miscarriage of justice.

Our national obsession with guns, of course, grew even more heated when President Obama won the election in 2008. Gun purchases skyrocketed then and they're picking up now because these paranoid Americans believe Obama will get re-elected and take away their guns like he did last time. Of course, no one took away anyone's guns, but it's hard to convince the NRA and gun-nuts of that fact.

Guns and Obama apparently go hand in hand. Foster Friess, a wealthy Republican who backed Rick Santorum and now backs Mitt Romney, had this to say: “Now that they have trained their barrels on President Obama, I hope his teleprompters are bullet-proof.”

Last month, when Santorum visited a shooting range in Louisiana, a woman screamed that he ought to pretend Obama was his target.

Post-racial America? No, it looks and sounds like racism is alive and well.

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