RACISM AT ITS WORST.
The strange woman wagging her finger at President Barack Obama the other day on an airport tarmac, was Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona; and it looked rude and disrespectful from that angle of the photo that appeared in the media.
Even die-hard Republican Party individuals knew that President Obama was an astute gentleman, and he would not do anything to anger the governor for her to react indifferently, and therefore, what might have caused her to wag her finger was still not very clear.
She and the president have had their differences on immigration and border patrol; but that was as far as they (differences) went, until she made conflicting statements to media representatives that he was "thin-skinned,” and then telling other reporters, she “felt a little threatened, if you will, in the attitude that he had,” (http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0212/72485.html#ixzz1lbCgpkXM).
Her attitude has rightly angered many African Americans, as it has been considered a "schmuck" behavior, whose etymology meant "A foolish or contemptible person".
Nobody really knew the actual words that were used, but the governor's gesture smacked of some kind of personal confrontation with the president of the United States, and the question still remained, "should she have done that?"
The Rev. Jesse Jackson has made a sharp rebuke of the governor's posture, and so has Hilary Shelton, senior vice president for advocacy and policy at the NAACP, as being despicable.
As everyone else, they were horrified to see a woman, for whatever reason, showing dissent to the president in a public setting, as that would not have happened to any other president, but to the first African American one.
Their annoyance has stemmed from the fact that the governor and people like Newt Gingrich, who was running in the Republican Party nomination race, and Glenn Beck, were ready to throw in the "race" card. Thus, interjecting race into the campaign and taking advantage of it.
Meaning that racism was showing its ugly head in modern day American politics from the idiotic vituperation and stupid comments those people have been making, such as Obama being a "food stamp president", and that African American kids in the New York school system "burnish their work ethic by picking up mops."
Those were outrageous remarks, smelling of ignorance and racism, and they should not have come out of anybody, but a buffoon. They deserved the contempt of all decent Americans; as they were designed to divide the country, as Obama himself has said elsewhere.
Attorney General Eric Holder made a vitriol assessment recently, which hit the nail right on the head that he could be identified with Obama “due to the nature of our relationship and, you know, the fact that we’re both African-American.” (Politico.com, 02/06/12).
The world has postulated after Obama's election to the U.S. presidency that the nation was out of the woods, when it came to discrimination due to the color of a person's skin. America was being hailed throughout the world; except perhaps in the Arab sector, that North Africa would return to black people, if a powerful position as that of the U.S. President was given to a black person.
It would recall history as they, Arabs, were strangers in Africa, and they would be depicted as an "invented group".
Even that was for future generations to deal with. Nevertheless, today's America has been built with the blood, sweat and tears of Africans, who came here as slaves. Their history must never be forgotten or be relegated into the past, as CNN article having a subtitle as "3,200 slaves identified" from 1860 archives, was showing just this morning.
The president has shown no favoritism for any race, since he took office, knowing fully well that he has had the vote of all Americans in his election. One of his chief advisers, if not his main adviser, has been David Axelrod; and their relationship was as anti-septic as a clean rod.
Those attempting to introduce racism into the 2012 presidential campaign would be doing a grave disservice to the efforts of the 2008 election that brought respect to, and the recognition that, America has opened a new page and started a new chapter and paragraph in its history, and that the Jim Crow and Richard Nixon days would never come back to haunt the nation again.
They were engaged in racial dog-whistling that would fail; because it would only plunge America in a darker era, whose consequences would only be disastrous, if it was allowed to materialize.
The African American community remained visceral, owing to Gov. Jan Brewer's attitude and her awkward gesturing at President Barack Obama. It has been misconstrued as racism at its worst.
America must be one nation, if it would be able to save a divided and dangerous world.