“I’m here to see if I can find the racists they keep talking about…and uh, I have yet to find em’… We’re looking for the racists and Dick Cheney is calling me, he’s on standby. He says if we find them that we can take care of business over here.”
These are the words of Kevin Jackson who is part of the Tea Party Express and made a special appearance at the Quincy, Illinois rally, where thousands gathered this past Saturday. Jackson is the author of the book, The BIG Black Lie, writes The Black Sphere Blog, and has an online radio show based on his blog.
The Tea Party Express is a movement spreading across the nation "rallying Americans to oppose the out-of-control spending, higher taxes, bailouts, and growth in the size and power of government." These protests have been going on all summer and the last stop was the U.S. Capitol on September 12, 2009, where it was estimated that anywhere from 20,000 to 2 million, depending on where you get your news, gathered to express their grievances.
David Axelrod told Face the Nation on Sunday, "I don't think it's indicative of the nation's mood," and stated, "You know, I don't think we ought to be distracted by that. My message to them is, they're wrong." This is just a continuum of the attitude shown by the White House and Congress who choose to ignore or discredit all protests, and worse, mock and vilify the protesters. Whether you agree or disagree with any of these protests is not the topic I am interested in addressing or commenting on. What I do want to tackle is a growing trend (which I thought would have ended with Olbermann and Garafolo) that is divisive, destructive, and debilitating.
It’s bad enough that we have lunatics preaching the "gospel of hate," like Reverend Wright condemning and blaming the U.S. for everything, and most recently and much more disturbing, Pastor Steve Anderson, who told his congregation that he “hates Obama” and “I’m gonna pray that he dies and goes to hell.” These are the type of people who should be reprimanded or ignored, and in cases like Anderson, silenced; yet the focus remains on the protesters.
Stupid me to believe that the election of an African-American as our President would have a profound impact on our nation; where we would actually begin to heal the wounds of those subjected to the evils of racism, mend our land, and finally unite us no matter the color of our skin. I was wrong. Unfortunately, racism is still part of our culture and may exist in the hearts of some protesters. However, it has taken on another dimension — if you disagree with President Obama’s choice of salad dressing, you are labeled a racist. Oh, but maybe he doesn't use salad dressing on his arugula.
Did you know that our President happens to be black? President Obama is an American citizen and he is not Hitler nor is he the Messiah either. Get over it! And I'm speaking to the actual racists, as well as the left wing media, high-profile comedians, and many of those on the left who are taking advantage of political opposition by making the charge that any citizen who opposes their agenda are not only bad people, but worse, they're racists. This is about criticism, not racism. And the criticism is not just against one man, it’s against a movement.
Where is our beloved "uniter"? President Obama continually protects the exaggerations hurled against his health care plan (which is debatable), so why doesn’t he attempt to curtail the rumors being spread against those of us Americans who are not racists? Do we need a Beer Party Express? While I wait for that, I can rely on Kevin Jackson who, with an infectious smirk, tosses in sarcasm as he speaks to this issue and is quite entertaining while doing so.