Racism In America, And More

Presidential candidate Marianne Williamson had this to say during the recent Democrat debate:

This is part of the dark underbelly of American society. The racism, the bigotry, and the entire conversation that we’re having here tonight. If you think any of this wonkiness is is going to deal with this dark psychic force of the collectivized hatred that this president is bringing up in this country, then I’m afraid that the Democrats are going to see some very dark days.

Regardless of how she does during the campaign, she has identified the basic problem that still needs to be solved in America.  We have too many bigots and racists in the country.

I’ve had a number of interactions recently with friends and others where race and bigotry have had too much of an impact.  For what may be the first time in my life, I have written a person off, someone I’ve known for more than 10 years, for his being a bigoted, homophobic, misogynist, racist.  After one interaction with my son, who told me about extremely offensive language being used, I simply reached my limit and that person is written off as far as I’m concerned.

There have been other interactions with others online that I find similarly disturbing.  Defense of Trump supposedly not being racist. Too many memes that denigrate people of color, impugn the character of entire groups of people.  Some of these people are relatives of mine, some are people I’ve known more than 40 years.

Back before the Trump campaign, I had written several times that I thought and hoped that the last racist cohort would be dying off during this period.  Unfortunately, it seems now, with the election of Trump and the “emboldening” of racists and bigots, we may have another generation or two more.

I think that most of our younger citizens are mainly not racists or bigots; they seem to wear their hearts on their sleeves and I rarely see evidence of racist or bigoted behavior.

Every person in this country deserves, and is guaranteed by the Constitution, equal opportunity. Racists and bigots tend to suppress those opportunities.  The faster they are gone, the faster we can work to get rid of their legacies that have been left in our law and customs.

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