CBS television announces that a new version of its Survivor reality television show will pit four racial teams against one another: Blacks, Asians, Hispanics, and Whites. The good news is that the Asian team includes the owner of a nail salon so everyone will have lovely fingers, the Black team has a jazz musician, and the Hispanic team includes a waiter.
Nary a day goes by without reports of new cross burnings on the front lawns of black homes — and occassionaly Jewish and gay homes — across America. How charmingly retro. And not a whimper from the White House.
Tens of thousands of poor African Americans were abandoned by their own government just one year ago after the devastation in New Orleans and the White House walks away with impunity. And to add insult to injury, the President's mother toured the ocean of human suffering and then turned to the television cameras and chuckled that "they" were probably better off living in a sports stadium camp then in their awful homes. Her exact quote, in case you've forgotten: "And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this - this (she chuckles slightly) is working out very well for them." And then the nation chuckled.
Not since the days of George Wallace and Lester Maddox have we seen bigotry this arrogant and bold. For any one of us who has lived a few years, it has an all-too-familiar and frightening ring. However the difference — and it is not a small difference — is that this is the first time in modern American history that bigotry has been championed and funded by the White House.
Now all of you go back to your celebrity gossip, reality television, and video games and pretend that none of this is happening - until your Internet access is censored and shut down, your career is terminated because you're not a white, Christian, heterosexual, your passport is canceled, or you receive the late night (warrantless) knock on your door.
Oh, and don't trouble yourselves with voting come November. After all, Blacks are once again in the back of the bus where they belong, and all is well and good with Amerika.