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The Change I [didn't] Believe In

My brother sent me a text that I thought went a little overboard, but the more I thought about it, the more I felt like it made sense.  It read:

"The American Flag is slowly becoming a symbol of racism."

Ironically, when he sent that text I had just got finished watching news coverage of a tea party rally.  I had to agree with my brother.  Although every President has encountered some form of radical opposition, it seems like Obama is getting both ends of the double edged sword on this one.  Whenever people can openly make death threats on the President and say things like, "We're going to take our country back," there is cause for concern. 

Take your country back from who?!

I am not at ALL saying that opposition of President Obama means you're racist.  That would be ridiculous.  What I AM saying is that it seems like people have a veil of excuses to hide behind.  They can call Obama every name in the book, threaten to kill him, threaten to "take [their] country back" by any means necessary, and then say, "Oh, I just don't agree with his health care plan.  Let's be real. 

The sad thing is that the people who are waving the American flag are shining a very ugly light on the people who don't support Obama for fair reasons.  It seems like the most patriotic Americans are also the craziest ones; and that isn't fair for the rest of us.

All the while I'm trying to remember that the media is playing a role in how I view the new surge of racism in our country.  The fact is that there probably isn't a surge at all.  There are no new racists.  When Obama was elected last November racist people didn't go out and start recruiting new KKK members.  When the Stimulus Package was introduced racist folk didn't knock door to door encouraging other racist folk to procreate at faster rates.  I'm about 95% sure that the media is just covering angry and irrational Americans more than they are covering  other Americans because angry Americans make better news.  None of this is helping how internationals view American citizens.

Can you imagine living in Europe or Asia and your only perception of Americans is what you see on FOX news or CNN?  You'd think we were idiot's, too.

What concerns me the most is what I heard a woman say in an interview on CNN.  She was attending a tea party and had a sign that said something to the effect of taking her country back.  When asked what she would like to see happen as a result of the tea party protests she said, "I just want our country to go back to how it was 40 years ago."

I'm sure most of you reading this don't recall how the country was just a tiny bit more than 40 years ago, but here's a reminder:

 

Not a good idea. 

If you oppose, that's just fine.  But, do so with rationality and not fear or racism.

 

--Q.Ledbetter

 

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