Whatever your political beliefs may be, treatment what God you believe in, viagra 60mg or even if you don’t believe in a God at all, there is an uncomfortable truth that you cannot deny. Racial and religious bigotry is planted in the soil of the United States of America. It is 2015 and hundreds of thousands of people are flocking together, in primarily homogeneous gatherings of white people, to demonstrate the fact that America has a long history of racial and ethnic hatred. This political season has assembled these worshippers together at the altar of racial hatred, animosity and fear-mongering. And who is their messiah, the one who carries their message forward to the masses? He is a reality-TV personality who whips the crowd into frenzy, not by addressing this nation’s politics or policies, no. This candidate for President of the United States, with an incredible sense of privilege and power, ignites the passions of the crowds by culling up the most barefaced racial bigotry, misogynistic paternalism and xenophobic religious hatred to be witnessed on national television during a presidential campaign since…. Well, since television was in black and white. What is even more alarming than the vitriolic disdain this candidate spouts, against President Obama (the sitting POTUS) and other American citizens who do not look like him, or believe in the same God, or practice the same customs as he does, while he mesmerizes the nation? It is the complacency and/or silent agreement of all those wannabe Presidents standing in his shadow, particularly in the GOP.
Whipping up anti- Muslim sentiment, as you stand and allow people to applaud ignorant comments like “What we have in America is a Muslim problem” is to fan the flames of prejudice and hatred. To continue to make attempts to delegitimize our President by calling into question his citizenship, his birth certificate, and his religion is un-American and racist. To challenge someone’s belief system or the political policies and positions that they stand for is very different than challenging their personhood or their right to exist. This country may have elected a black man to the office of the presidency, but there is a large constituency of Americans who will not believe he IS the POTUS nor do they have any intention of respecting him as President, including many who are serving in the Congress of the United States.
It is this type of consistent undermining of President Obama that makes room for the appalling and unjustified arrest of a young 14 year-old named Ahmed Mohamed from Irving, Texas. Ahmed was suspected of bringing a homemade bomb to school. In fact, the student had built a homemade clock to impress his teachers. He, repeatedly, told teachers, school administrators and the police his endeavor was a clock, not a bomb. When police were called, Ahmed was denied his basic rights; his parents were not notified until he had been taken into custody and held in handcuffs at the police station. It must be stated that although the police were notified by school officials that they suspected a student had brought a bomb to school, the school was never evacuated, the bomb squad was never called and Ahmed was transported by police officers to the police station in a squad car together with the suspected bomb. Really? Here we go again. Racial profiling and the over-policing of communities of color comes into focus once more. And it has become Reality TV.
The uncomfortable truth is that we have a bigotry problem in America. As for the political season, we can never underestimate the influence of a charismatic personality to stir up a mis-informed and mis-educated populous. Historically, the blood and shattered bones of millions provide irrefutable evidence of the power that is harnessed in rhetoric seasoned with hatred and bigotry, and the silent complicity of those who refuse to call it out for what it is.