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Hate is a very difficult word to use. I can never say I hate so and so. Even Bush I don't hate while I have used a saying, "I hate that mothafucker" but really don't hate him. I just don't like what he stands for. If you hate someone, I really feel you are hurting. If you are hurting, you have to find a solution to heal. Easier said than done, I know.
Here is a definition of hate:"intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger, or sense of injury".
Hate breeds hate. Hate makes you weak. Hate lessens your relevance while your feelings and emotions can be understood. It is normal human nature to say, I hate so and so because you have been done wrong. Carrying it within you however can destroy you.
The kind of hate I am talking about however does not have a cause like the ill feeling one would have for being done wrong. I am talking about the HATE that is taught from generation to generation simply out of ignorance. Hate that is embedded into you like a doctrine since you were a kid.
The kind of hate I am talking about is taught without comprehending where it will lead you some day.
I remember some 15 years ago where a church members' daughter who was 4 years of age declining to give me a high-five to my surprise and when I asked why, I can still remember to this day the answer that little girl gave me and it was, "because you are black". A 4 years old won't give me a high five because I am black. I was embarrassed of the situation but more so embarrassed for the parents (their environment) that I played it off as if its kids being kids mambo jambo.
How the heck would one know to say something like that so young? The indoctrination of hate based on the color of one's skin is not something new. If you had thought racism was America’s original sin, think again. It still is. I wouldn't be talking about it as if it is a thing of the past.
Hateful and racist at age 4 without knowing what it really is. That is how it starts.
Kids are pure souls. Especially at an early age until they pick up shit from us adults. We adore them regardless of their race or background. Most people I know are compassionate toward kids. At least the folks I know are. I have three kids and I know their soul is gracious and pure. Most of all, I teach them right from wrong based on my values. You will find me rolling six feet under before my kids would say something that is hateful. Can't tolerate it, Don't tolerate it and won't accept it under my roof. I have learned great values where it is my responsibility to pass on the good in me.
What are we teaching our kids today? How the heck would a 4 years old know to say something like that unless they are thought by their Parents, Grand Parents, Uncles, Great Uncles, Aunts, Great Aunts, etc. A family born of hate will breed hate until they seek remedy. I always wonder where that 4 years old girl is today. I would not be shocked to see her at one of the racist teabaggers rallies all across America.
What has been the case in America for the last 400 years has been the passing of the torch by some who don't want to let go of the indoctrination of generational hatred for the Black race. That is still the case today where there is no action for a man that spews such hate on a nationally syndicated radio show. Keep listening to Neal Boortz as this hateful person speak about black folks in Atlanta and he still has a job:
This town is starting to look like a garbage heap. And we got too damn many urban thugs, yo, ruining the quality of life for everybody. And I'll tell you what it's gonna take. You people, you are - you need to have a gun. You need to have training. You need to know how to use that gun. You need to get a permit to carry that gun. And you do in fact need to carry that gun and we need to see some dead thugs littering the landscape in Atlanta. We need to see the next guy that tries to carjack you shot dead right where he stands. We need more dead thugs in this city. And let their -- let their mommas -- let their mommas say, "He was a good boy. He just fell in with the good crowd." And then lock her ass up.
Yep...why not just say, kill them N#$%^&S.
That is just one of the recent episode of what is a normal life challenge for Black folks. This happens to people of color everyday but black folks just keep on keepin' on. Racism born of hate is part of life the privileged never has to think about until they hear that 1 in 6 black people are unemployed or 1 in 9 black men of adult age are enslaved in prison as a result of our criminal injustice system. Damn right, that is the truth!
Nothing explains the hatred I witness for a man who is working day and night trying to help America be revived from the brink of a disaster. Nothing explains the hatred for a black man who is fighting for America's interest while held in a different standard. I totally understand the difference between criticism and hatred. There are hard core policy criticism of our President while I personally may not agree with them know it is not born of hatred for the man. It is not personal, disrespectful, belittling, marginalizing and mean. They don't call him a dick, liar, monkey, very urban, demagogue, take a valium, disgraceful, etc. However, some take cover in the name of criticism to spew their hatred. Yes, our media has been giving these kinds of people a platform to continue the indoctrination of covert racism within our society in the name of free press and all kinds of excuses there is.
Believe me, hate doctrine is in full force in the last two and half years but it has always been there. It just became more visible since the moment a black man has become a President. I remember watching the folks at John McCain campaign head quarters and the number of jaws that dropped in the wee hours of the morning of Nov 5th, 2008, when Barack Obama won the Presidency. I know when I see disappointment when people work hard for their candidate and they don't make it. The shock I saw in some people's face was not of disappointment. It was of disgust that he made. That he is their President too. A Black man!
Our President is faced with a lot of challenges. More challenges than he would have had had he been a White President. Clarence Jones writes that there is no other way of explaining the over the top, antagonistic opposition from the Republicans to President Obama except it is just because of who he is, pure and simple. By now, those who think otherwise are simply in denial dishing out that same ole excuse for bigotry.
History will record not only that Obama was the first African-American to be elected president of the United States, but that he was also president during a time when our nation was confronted with issues and problems of historic, if not unimaginable, magnitude.
There is a tradition of partisan opposition between the two major parties in our country. Most of the time, notwithstanding speeches in Congress or criticism in the press, there is usually a commonality of noblesse oblige, of decency underlying even some of the most vociferous rhetoric.
It it now clear that the Republican Party is dominated by persons who, under no circumstances, no way, no how, in this life, or the next, will accept the legitimacy of Obama, as an African-American, as president of this great nation. Few people have the guts or the courage to tell it like it is, lest they be criticized for "playing the race card," or suggesting that an African-American who becomes president somehow should not be criticized, but "given a pass" based on some offensive "double standard," etc, etc.
Meanwhile in the real world, according to the Economist the IMF predicts that by 2016 China will become the largest economy on a "purchasing-power-parity basis." China now has estimated foreign exchange reserves of more than $3 trillion and last year ran a budget deficit of 2.5% of its GDP.
And we have Congressional Republican clowns suggesting that we default on the payment of our debt obligations rather than raise the debt limit?
All to make Obama a one term Black President.
It is difficult to indoctrinate someone out of a set doctrine where your whole life has been a big hate feast toward a sector of our society. An African American society to be specific. Some are just hostage to their upbringing and most times they slip and slip horribly. Their true color that has been tattoo in their souls eventually resurfaces as it has been seen here.
Oh, I have not forgotten Obama's Mother. They just don't care she was white nor do they care he is Irish. They can't see beyond the skin color. It bothers them a Black man has the smarts and wittiness to intellectually outsmart them all combined. As if it leaves bad precedent for the future of this country.
I wonder indeed if the President wouldn't be up many nights listening to James Cleveland's gospel hymn, "I don't feel no ways tired":
"Nobody told me the road would be easy. But, Lord, don't believe you brought me this far, just to leave me."
...and when you see this
...you can say we are a sane bunch in the Democratic Wing of the spectrum.
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