The hateful signs that were seen in the black-and-white footage at the Dallas Airport 50 years ago were also seen in the past 5 years during the presidency of Barack Obama. Hate, it seems, never disappears from the American psyche. Today it concentrates itself in the right-wing of the Republican Party- the Tea Party.
Recall those anti-Obama signs carried by that band of self appointed ‘patriots’ a few years ago at the gathering in DC? Same hate, different target. And they say that this is a Christian nation. Really?
I heard in the past few days of the wide spread anguish of The People those 50 years ago, but what about the people carrying those anti-Kennedy signs and those who plastered Dallas with ‘treason’ posters? Did they too cry? Or did they rejoice at his death? And were they Christians? Did they sing in the choir on the following Sunday like those KKK members who hanged ‘niggers’ on Saturday night and exchanged klan robes for choir robes the next day?
That lynching fever went on way after Kennedy’s assassination. Same racial bigots, same hate.
And the hate-ember still glows among the citizenry of this nation. Anyone not like ‘us’ is to be feared and targeted.
One might understand such ethnic hatred were this some two-bit country in another part of the world where two cultures grind one another as they have for hundreds of generations. But here in the Land of the Free? How can that be explained?
What is it about white America that fans those embers so often? What privilege do we assume to be ours? Except for the scant numbers of Native Americans, we all trace our ancestry elsewhere. We are all sons and daughters of immigrants- the so called illegals. Did the Wampanoag People call the first whites, illegals? Did the Wampanoag round them up and send them back?
Hate-filled Americans. What will they be thankful for this Thursday?