As cynical as I am about everything, I must say I found myself swept up by the pomp and circumstance of the Inauguration proceedings Tuesday. For once, I was really proud to be an American as the closest popular ideal of a man for me was being sworn in as President of the country. In the midst of the domino effect in the way of barriers broken on Capitol Hill, I had to deal with quite a calamitous ordeal here at home; only to find that later day friends of mine also had stories that unfortunately complimented my disconcerting one. I want to share a couple of these stories with you in hopes that it keep us all grounded and maybe, possibly… focused on the continued work we have ahead of us if we are to continue to see positive change in our society.
For those just wish all these problems would just magically evaporate, GROW UP, GET REAL AND GET A CLUE. It is people like you that help perpetuate the stupidity mentioned in these stories of ours…
I am multi-tasking on the computer, per my usual. I have my 18 tabs open in Mozilla Firefox, newly-sworn-in President Barack Obama’s acceptance speech is blaring through two televisions in the house and I get a call on my cellphone. It’s the future wife and she’s upset. While she was enjoying the Inauguration during her lunch break, someone walked by and exclaimed today was “Black Day.” Apparently, this newly-deemed holiday must be celebrated by consuming “Black food.”
Mind you, my fiancé is caucasian and me – not so much. This particular someone knows this and goes on to ask her something to the effect of, “Hey, your fiancé’s black, what does he like to eat?” Now for the majority of you, this probably evokes a gasp, a groan or a dropped jaw. It led my fiancé to tears, as this was at her place of work and this person, a superior, was not exactly a friend of hers. There was no real way to see it as “a joke.” While speaking with her on the phone, I did all I could, as a supportive future husband, to console her and make sure she did not do anything irrational, which might garner further embarrassment and possibly the loss of a job. I mean, we cannot both be unemployed. *sigh* The times we live in…
Anyway, upon hanging up the phone, I got to thinking about the story my wife-to-be just told me and I became furious. If not for good people like Brandon Miller, Paul Potts and Chris Lee on Twitter and some friends on Facebook, I may have gone to my fiancé’s work site to have a word with this person. Truth be told, I would have probably found myself in an uncharacteristic fashion unable to even blog this as I would have been locked up – Akon-style – for my contemplated actions.
I do not allow people like that to get to me, but as I stated earlier, I got swept up in all the hoopla of the Inauguration and I was in another stratosphere of happiness. The insensitive individual at my fiancé’s job made the wrong comment at exactly the right time. I say right, because from what I understand he was never remotely favorable to Obama becoming president. Even if he did not mean it, he was able to knock down a couple folks down a few notches by his reprehensible statements.
All that said, we ended up meeting with some friends later that evening and they told us some sad incidents that they witnessed also Tuesday.
In a high school in Oakland County, a foreign exchange student was heard whispering “BANG BANG” as the President was being sworn in. Sorry, kid or not, WTF?!
At a local insurance administration agency, co-workers gathered in their lunchroom to watch the President speak. One worker made the audible comment that “Since he’s now president, maybe they’ll go to work now.”
Barack Obama’s face is not single-handedly going to eradicate society’s problems.
I did not write this to educate you – the reader – on ignorance. Let’s face it, the average person that reads this blog is more than informed in the ills of our world. I only want it to be known that just because a black man is now president does not mean that racism has been erased in the world. You have just been given three reasons as to how that is false. If you believe that racism, sexism, homophobism and/or any other -ism are/is wrong, then I urge you to not rest of your laurels in the midst of bigotry. Sure, it is fantastic that a minority was elected to the highest office in the land, but Barack Obama’s face is not single-handedly going to eradicate society’s problems. It is still up to us to create real change, regardless of what you believe. For those just wish all these problems would just magically evaporate, GROW UP, GET REAL AND GET A CLUE. It is people like you that help perpetuate the stupidity mentioned in these stories of ours, which by the way are all true.
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