“I cannot even stand to look at you,” was the comment attributed to some nameless Republican in the House of Representatives when the President attempted to make overtures for negotiations concerning the government shutdown.
How can a country and state find common accord or common understanding across the cultural chasm that divides us when individuals no longer have the courage, or the spine, to call out the lowest and vilest of bigots among us? We can no longer hide behind the cant of political discourse when the other side uses patently racist imagery and language to talk about President Obama without the real threat of exposure and censor. The very fact that they feel emboldened to make such reprehensible statements and are allowed to get away with it says more about the state of our post-racial America than anything else could.
It’s as if post-racial means white bigots can talk about the President and race in the most contemptible and insidious ways without any care for repercussions, that they will not be challenged, and their patently racist comments will not be called out for what they are. And lest we forget, Racism is about power, and those in power enacting policies and measures that disproportionate affects a specific ethnic class.
These are the people—racist and bigots—that President Obama is supposed, and has, negotiated with. Now let me ask, would you?