*sigh* time to rant again.
I'm probably a little late to this subject, but an obnoxious email from my uncle prompted me to bring it up again. This subject makes me kind of angry. And that subject is the media firestorm over Jeremiah Wright (Obama's pastor/friend.)
Also my fault for watching the "O'Reilly Factor" over Easter weekend with my brother while we were in Beaumont, which actually had this incredibly racist headline: "What's really going on inside of America's black churches?" complete with stock footage of the interior of some random black church.
Where do I begin?
A.) Rev.Wright/Trinity Church is/are not racist! Why is it SO FUCKING HARD for white people to accept the fact that nonwhites have had an entirely different world view throughout American history, and acknowledging this fact does not make one a racist against white people. History matters, godammit, and this is why the word "honky" will never be as offensive as the word "n*****."
Wright states: "And the United States of America government, when it came to treating her citizens of Indian descent fairly, she failed. She put them on reservations...When it came to treating her citizens of African descent fairly, America failed. She put them in chains, the government put them on slave quarters, put them on auction blocks, put them in cotton field, put them in inferior schools, put them in substandard housing, put them in scientific experiments, put them in the lowest paying jobs, put them outside the equal protection of the law, kept them out of their racist bastions of higher education and locked them into positions of hopelessness and helplessness." Ummm...are we not in agreeance over this indisputable fact?
ANd yeah, he said some nutty stuff (like about AIDS, and he certainly wasn't the first one to ever say this,) but most of the things he is talking about are inconvenient truths. Saying that may not make me very popular, but seriously.
B.) Why can't somebody critisize this country without being called unpatriotic/unAmerican/blahblahblah whatever else. I'm sorry this is just so fucking childish. The USA is great in some ways, horrible in others. What's so wrong about pointing this out? We have enacted oppressive policies, supported oppressive regimes in other countries, and have certainly spread our own brand of terrorism, we just don't call it that. What we're doing in Iraq right now is just the latest example. And no, I'm not going to sit here and give you a history lecture, you need to do your own fucking education. Read. For fuck's sake America, please learn your own history.
C.) Since when did somebody have to renounce friendship with someone just because he has some unpopular beliefs?
D.) Where was the outrage when Falwell (one of the biggest assholes of all time) said this after 9/11?
"I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America. I point the finger in their face and say 'you helped this happen.'"
I have a lot more to say on this, but I'll stop there. I just wish for once there could be an honest and open discussion about this without white reactionaries pointing their fingers and screaming "racist." So typical.