Thursday, July 22, 2010
Shirley Brown the Red Herring
So for a blackwoman to feel two ways about helping a poor white couple, that's A-O-K. She did help them, and the family went public, thanking her profusely for aid.
I'm still reading Nixonland. Yes, still. I hope to finish it before I finish my degree in three years. That's my goal. But Nixonland is a really prescient piece because it discusses exactly the last time the U.S. was this racially bestirred. Yeah, whites today got it pretty good. Equal housing laws are pretty good right now, no thanks to white racists who voted against the Fair Housing Act in 1968 (Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act) so there aren't any riots. And ghettos, though still nasty, aren't even a quarter of what they looked like forty years ago. But that doesn't mean we can't go back there. And people like Glen Beck, Bill O'Reilly, and Andrew Breitbart are pissing gasoline on the hay in the barn.
And it will work. The hate will build, and this laughably entitled "post racial era" will end in a heart beat as the violence escalates.
Freedom of speech doesn't give you the right to be an asshole. Someone needs to put that on a bumpersticker for me.