Thursday, November 06, 2008

Day Six: Expect It

Now In Season

Our great, collective, symbolic prayer has been answered. We are understandably euphoric. Brothers and sisters who I barely recognize are smiling knowingly at me and giving me the 'We Did It' thumbs up. This is all good. But we need to be watchful. We can not underestimate the extent to which some of these stupid, salty-assed crackers will attempt to pee in our lemonade. A couple of recent examples from my state:
  • In Terrell, Texas, the local newspaper, The Terrell Tribune refused to carry the Obama win as a headline. The editors chose, instead, to go with an area race. Not surprisingly, local blacks, as well as others, who were desirous of obtaining a keepsake were confused and outraged, and decided to picket the headquarters. Staffers, unburdened by a sense decency, actually walked outside and snapped pictures of the protesters. When local media picked up the story, the Tribune saw fit to issue the following response: "We are a newspaper, not a memory book service. We covered the local comissioners race. We felt that was more important." Additionally, they added that this insulting omission could not be attributed to racism because the winner of the commissioner's race was black. Frankly, I almost would have preferred that the Tribune come clean: "We felt this was an opportune time to stick it to you convivial, uppity Negroes."
  • The students of Baylor University (an overpriced, overrated college in Waco, TX) were gifted with a noose sometime during election day. I've written about this cowardly phenomenon. Apparently, some white folks (I believe we can safely assume this of the noose-givers) can only find self-fulfillment by reminding themselves of a time when they could kill niggers with impunity. The times appear to be a-changin' a little too much for their tastes.
I predict that this will continue, at least for the short term. We should not be caught off guard by it. Historically, racist whites have, without fail, responded to African-American progress with violence or the threat thereof. Sadly, it is inevitable. My advice: Screw your courage to the sticking place and ride out the foolishness. I hate to differ with the title of one of my all time favorite albums, but not even a nation of millions can hold us back.

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At 8:44 PM , Blogger BLESSD1 said...

That's just the tip of the iceberg. Today, I heard that 3 students in a school in Ascension Parish (ironic isn't it?) reprimanded 3 black students for giving a high-five before class. In the same parish, a woman reported that a bakery refused her request to make a cake with President Obama's image on it. She was told, "No, we're not making any such cake for anyone". That photo of the sour grapes is SO PERFECTLY FITTING! Thanks for posting it, brother.

At 9:01 PM , Blogger Clifton said...

I was prepared for everything but I must admit that the silent treatment from some of my co-workers has been quite shocking.

At 9:55 AM , Anonymous b said...

first, you're going to have to tell me where you find your pictures. priceless.

THIS is one of the reasons, whenever i consider plunging further south, i shrink back. i have never seen so many excited people, not just black people. excited people. there are a LOT of people of all races that sees this as long overdue.

according to the news reports here, the terrell tribune did not mention the race at ALL. quite frankly, that is what it is. there will always be assholes and ignorance. how fortunate, though, is it that line of thinking is becoming antiquated.

a study shows that by 2025, this countries minorities, will be the majority. how's about that.

At 11:06 AM , Blogger decade number three said...

How about the campus paper didn't even cover the nooses! And the confrontation that happened in the evening of election nite was at the bottom of the fold on the front page. Some students decided to burn Obama signs in one of the campus BBQ pits. Basically, the university has done NOTHING so far. My black students are PISSED!

At 7:07 AM , Anonymous Eddwest said...

Racism is still strong in America. I heard that the more educated whites voted for Obama than the lower educated whites in this past election. Which makes me wonder why this is. Possibly the last thing they have to hold on to is the fact that they can say, "At least I am not black."

At 7:13 AM , Anonymous eddwest said...

Got to write anothe comment after reading the terrel newspaper article. How fair and balanced. I bet you that FOX News or the Washington Times would not have gotten away with this. Thanks for posting. Excellent.


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