Sunday, September 25, 2016

And Things Were Going So Well

This may come as a shock to you, especially if you were under the impression that once we elected an African-American president that racism had ceased to exist. Many people believed that the elimination of racism could be traced back to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. What a relief for those of us who lived through the latter half of the sixties to find out that all those riots and so forth was all just bad sportsmanship. What folks needed to understand was that we had it fixed, and they didn't need to go messing it up all over again just because of some perceived slight.
The perceived slight of being shot and killed by a police officer, for example. When adjusted for populations, African Americans were killed at a rate three times higher than their white counterparts. Does that sound like a problem? One that needs fixing?
Okay, so maybe it's not racism. Maybe it's just really bad policing. Still sounds like a problem that needs to be fixed. Or maybe it's a new problem. Maybe we had that whole racism thing all wrapped up in a nice neat bow, and then somebody came along and threw a monkey wrench in it. And who might this person be? According to Kathy Miller of Mahoning County Ohio would like us to believe that it was that African-American president we elected.  “I don’t think there was any racism until Obama got elected. We never had problems like this. … Now, with the people with the guns, and shooting up neighborhoods and not being responsible citizens, that’s a big change, and I think that’s the philosophy that Obama has perpetuated on America.” 
Got that?
Oh, and Ms. Miller was, until oh-so-very-recently the campaign chair for a Mister Donald Truh-uh-ump in her home state. She resigned somewhat abruptly after she made these observations on race relations in America, including the assertion that, “If you’re black and you haven’t been successful in the last 50 years, it’s your own fault.” And perhaps now would be an excellent time to mention just how not-black Ms. Miller is. And will be. And always has been. All of this rhetoric seems to be part of the Trmpuh campaign's watch words for potential minority voters: "What have you got to lose?" 
In Ms. Miller's case, the answer was obvious: Her job. Now if somebody could just do the same for her boss.

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