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I’ve been searching high and low for the origins of this term (and an annoying one at that). My ninja google skills have yet to reveal this source of what I consider a ridiculous nomenclature for the years in which President Barack Obama has served as the Commander in Chief. I will however assume that the person who coined the term really knows nothing about racism, its origins, the power associated with it or the perpetuity of it. They are quite¬†naive and uninformed and should be publicly acknowledged for starting one of the most ridiculous dismissals of this social ill. But it has given bloggers plenty to write about because what is evident is that the United States is far from being cured of racism, white supremacy and all the issues that plague people of color.

Racism has only served one race in the oppression of another. The United States still thrives on a notion of the supremacy of whites. It is evident everywhere. Stereotypes abound. And whites feel very safe believing them. Or how else can you explain the ridiculousness of the show “Friends”, every Burger King and McDonald’s commercial geared toward Blacks and the absence of people of color in controlling the images you see.

Racism is taught. It is a tradition passed down from father to child, media to viewer and even victim to victim. Real conversations about race are far and few in between. That is true only because of whites’ reluctance to acknowledge its existence and their complicity to it. I’m not even sure how complicit individuals realize they are when they overhear their friends and family tell racist jokes and laugh along nervously instead of protesting in the moment…Image

That is the cowardice that allows racism in its many forms to exist. I recall as a young camp counselor coming upon a group ofgirls taunting another one. This very small diminutive¬†girl of Mexican descent was surrounded by a group of girls slightly older and Dominican. What I overheard enraged me!!! All I could hear the ring leader saying over and over again, “You Mexican, who do you think you are?” “You’re just a Mexican.” “You think your hair is nicer than mine!!” And on and on. I immediately interrupted and told those bullies in front of that little girl they had no right to make fun of her. That she should be proud to be Mexican. I told her she was pretty and that she should never ever allow anyone to speak to her like that again. I’m sure there was more to my speech but what I wanted to leave these young girls with is that they were wrong plain and simple.

I reported the incident to the camp director. I don’t know to this day what was done about it. Had I been the camp director and knowing who I am I would have made it very clear to the parents of those little girls that I would not tolerate that kind of bullying and certainly not that kind of profiling. Now I don’t think I would have used bullying and profiling but they would know that even though I am a black girl from Brooklyn that I will defend anyone, anywhere and at any time and would not spare anyone’s feelings because they were taught to hate.

We have to all choose to be an example. And when we are fighting for equality it has to be for all of us. What I knew and still know now is that having a man of any color in the White House brings out the crazies. Between the Birther movement and states wanting to secede from the United States it is clear that we have not come that far from the Civil Rights act. Between Trumps calling for revolution and Karl Rove’s insistence that Fox News is somehow responsible for the results of the election it is a clear barometer for how the rest of America feels “We do not want a black President.” Period.Image


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