So I read an article today (yes I do read lol), by Jesse Washington of The Associated Press. And here it is:
Cross burnings in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Idaho schoolchildren chanting "Assassinate Obama." Black figures hung from nooses in Maine, and racial epithets scrawled on homes and cars.
Incidents around the country referring to President-elect Barack Obama are dampening the postelection glow of racial progress and harmony, highlighting the stubborn racism that remains in America.
From California to Maine, police have documented a range of alleged crimes, from vandalism and vague threats to at least one physical attack. Insults and taunts have been delivered by adults, college students and second-graders.
There have been "hundreds" of incidents since the election, many more than usual, said Mark Potok, director of Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate crimes.
One was in Snellville, GA, where Denene Millner said a boy on the school bus told her 9-year-old daughter the day after the election: "I hope Obama gets assassinated." That night, someone trashed her sister-in-law's front lawn, mangled the Obama lawn signs, and left two pizza boxes filled with human feces outside the front door, Millner said.
She described her emotions as a combination of anger and fear.
"I can't say that every white person in Snellville is evil and anti-Obama and willing to desecrate my property because one or two idiots did it," said Millner, who is black. "But it definitely makes you look a little different at the people who you live with, and makes you wonder what they're capable of and what they're really thinking."
Potok, who is white, said he believes there is "a large subset of white people in this country who feel that they are losing everything they know, that the country their forefathers built has somehow been stolen from them."
Grant Griffin, a 46 year old white Georgia native, expressed similar sentiments: "I believe our nation is ruined and has been for several decades and the election of Obama is merely the culmination of the change.
"If you had real change it would involve all the members of (Obama's) church being deported," he said.
Change in whatever form does not come easy and a black president is "the most profound change in the field of race this country has experienced since the Civil War," said William Ferris, senior associate director of the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of N Carolina. "It's shaking the foundations on which the country has existed for centuries."
Other incidents include:
Four North Carolina State University students admitted writing anti-Obama comments in a tunnel designated for free speech expression, including one that said: "Let's shoot that (N-word) in the head."
At Standish, Maine, a sign inside the Oak Hill General Store read: "Osama Obama Shotgun Pool." Customers could sign up to be $1 on a date when Obama would be killed.
Racist graffiti was found in places including New York's Long Island, where two dozen cars were spray-painted.
Second and third grade students on a school bus in Rexburg, Idaho, chanted "assassinate Obama," a district official said. Later, district spokes woman Janet Goodliffe said the children were too young to know what the words meant.
Black figures were hanged by nooses from trees on Mount Desert Island, Maine, the Bangor Daily News reported. The president of Baylor University in Waco, texas, said a rope found hanging from a campus tree was apparently an abandoned swing and not a noose.
Crosses were burned in yards of Obama supporters in Hardwick, NJ and Apolacan Township, PA.
A black teenager in NYC said he was attacked with a bat on election night by four white men who shouted "Obama."
Is anyone else reading today, and here is the article so you'll know I'm not making this up or imagining it. Which reminds me I'll start walking my son to and from school...
I recently read that MLK was extremely worried about being killed. Especially so as his assassination grew closer. So worried that he was unable to sleep many nights.
I've recently heard that 3 attempts had been made on Obama's life even before he was elected.
Along those lines, a speech Biden gave stands out in my mind. He said I am ready and prepared to become president of American. Those were not his exact words, but close.
I think both Obama and Biden are aware of the strong possibility that Biden may end up leading the nation.
I wish no harm comes to Obama, however it seems to be a likely reality that now he is president even more attempts will be made on his life.
It overwhelmingly saddens me.
I went to see Obama when he came to
Boise, ID. I was amazed at the turnout.
I stood in line for about 2 hours with
a light coat on. Finally the 2 women
infront of me gave me a pair of gloves.
Two white women among the sea of
white faces. After the first hour I thought
maybe I should just leave instead of
catching consumption. But, I said to
myself you've made it this far.
Then I heard word that they were
turning people back, and I hoped,
and hoped that I would get through.
The 2 white women continued to rub my
arms to keep me warm and huddled
against me. Without them I don't know if
I would have stayed.
And I'm thankful to them that I stayed
because I would have missed the chance
of a life time. To see a soon to be president
in "real" life.
When Obama took the stage, I can truly say
he was amazed. I kept seeing him look
around the sea of white faces in wonderment.
And I don't blame him because the event
center had only blocked off a "small"
portion, thinking that the crowd was
going to be about 500, when in fact
the crowd was over 14,000 and they had
to turn people back.
I'm glad Obama kept the topic of his running for Presidency about CHANGE! We all want change, white, black, mexican, chinese, whomever.
We want change! The fact that we elected a
half "black" man, says to me that a lot of
people want change even if they have to
vote for a race different from theirs, we want
So why are black people called black? Especially when we are not really black? We are brown different shades of brown, but brown. I read an older Webster dictionary's definition of black and I believe that is why we are called black instead of brown. And I read the definition of white and believe that is the reason white people are called white although they are not really white.
It is all pretty subliminal really. I remember when I first visited the US a kid about my age at the time (7) took my wrist and kept rubbing it with her thumb. I remember being confused...she finally said to her mother "mom, the dirt won't rub off."
Recently at work a kid from India and i were in the office and a white kid comment along the lines of the Indian kid being his brown skinned friend and I said hey I'm brown too you know and the caucasian kid ( and I say kid cause they are about 21-23) says you're not brown...you're black. I said are you color blind? It was so funny because in a way he so associates African Americans to being "black" that he doesn't really see what color we are anymore.
I find this disturbing because of the definition of black. There isn't much positivity even in todays dictionary regarding the word black...so the fact that brown skinned people (and only brown skinned people from slave existance) are still called black says a lot about our society.
And the fact that we still have discrepancies like "white lies" speaks volumes about how we "truly" regard the color line.
Last Saturday a friend asked me if I would take ballet class with her and take some photos for her ballet portfolio.
I had a fun class and it was very encouraging because it was as if i hadn't stopped dancing four years ago and I got a lot of compliments from the ballet mistress.
Anywho after taking her photos she took a few of me and i've posted below
On a positive note...it would be nice to hear what others have brought back into their lives that they once had a love for...
So I had to take some photos of myself for my last proj. in photography and as I looked though them I was amazed to see that my legs still look like a ballet dancer's legs even though I'm pushing 40 this year...
A couple of years ago I would not have thought my legs were my favorite body part but as I enter my 40s I think they have become my fav. I even stopped jogging for a couple of years in hopes that the muscles would go away...but they never did.
So I thought I would invite others to tell and post their favorite body parts...
So I snowboard (I ski too but I prefer to board) and I have a season pass (compliments of my ex husband) but I went up last Sat. and discovered most of the snow has melted...my son went to Utah (Park City and somewhere else I forget) and he said that (I believe it was Park City) doesn't allow snowboarders.
Reason being us boarders thin out the snow...so I was thinking are there other ski hills that don't allow boarders? And are boarders forced to ski...is there a ski patrol guy that patrols the hills with an extra pair of skis and forces you to put them on?
Thus far I've only skied in ID the past 16 years...
So I've started reading again (must have been the time off for spring break) and I'm currently reading a book called "Race Matters" by Cornel West.
The inro has a quote from Ralph Ellison. Part of it reads:
"Since the beginning of the nation, white Americans have suffered from a deep inner uncertainty as to who they really are.
One of the ways that (referring to deep inner uncertainty) has been used to simplify the answer has been to seize upon the presence of black Americans and use them as a marker, a symbol of limits, a metaphor for the "outsider."
So...i've been thinking about this quote and the book in general and I thought I'd put it out there and see what everyone else thinks...
And because of a recent discussion about whether or not to date other races...a passage from this book came to mind.
"The dominant myth of black female sexual prowess constitutes black women as desirable sexual partners...yet the central role of the ideology of white female beauty attenuates the expected conclusion. Instead of black women being the most sought after white women tend to occupy this position primarily because white beauty in this country puts a premium on lightness and softness mythically associated with white women and downplays the rich stylistic manners associated with black women.
I'm not sure I agree entirely with this book, but looking at race relations from West's point of view sheds light on some of the choices we make as individuals.