Now that the election is over, we can vent humorously about Bush rushing out of the White House to escape having to do the nation's worst job any longer. The nation has been under a great deal of pressure, and with conditions like national unemployment and poor retail sales making that pressure grow, any relief is desirable.
Relief can come in many forms, as veteran reporter Helen Thomas notes in a recent article. In it, she calls the election of Obama by a racially diverse nation "a shining victory of tolerance over racial prejudice." Such victories have been rare enough in our nation's history. Too rare. But I myself have seen the signs that racial hatred, while still very evident, is weakening. It isn't going to go terminal in my lifetime, but just maybe I can hope that my grandkids will see to its demise with a stake through its ugly heart.
But is this hatred really dying, or is it merely changing its shape? Columnist Mary MacElveen launches her J'accuse! at the Republican Party's heavy reliance upon "hateful and inane messages" issued by party media minions like Coulter and Limbaugh. MacElveen notes Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney "stoked the fires of hate and divisiveness" and aimed their calumny at those deemed "non-American" and "too liberal". Too many Americans responded to their calls of divisiveness and separation. It's as if there is this internal need for some to always have someone or something to hate.
So who now makes up the population of the liberal non-Americans? It can't be a racial thing anymore, as the Southern Strategy has apparently run its course. Willie Horton just isn't working anymore, not with so many relationships involving couples of different racial parentage. Based on the fact that three of the more populous states passed measures eliminating the rights of gay Americans to suffer the slings and arrows of modern marital bliss within the boundaries of said states, it's clear to me that the new racism is sexual identity-ism.
Considering the history of Black Americans, one would think that they would be sensitive to efforts to limit the civil rights of others, intended to impose a second-class status upon them. Yet instead of standing up for civil rights as others did for them, 70% of Blacks in California voted to restrict them. No one expressed mortification over this development better than F. Damion Barela of Studio City, CA, who told Associated Press Writer Paul Elias, "I'm disappointed in the Californians who voted for this. To them I say, 'Shame on you because you should know what this feels like.'"