Forgive me as I sputter even as I type this. Words come in fits and starts, clear thoughts go out the window, emotion takes over, and half-sentences are the result.
This country should have matured by now, and by this time, in 2011, racism should-- well, actually, shouldn't-- exist only in tattered remnants of past generations. Yet because there is a black president in the White House, smoldering, stinking piles of prejudice have been fanned and have now devolved into open flames that burn the very fabric of our society.
That was a bunch of garbled imagery and mixed metaphors, because that's how angry I am. After watching the president try to deal with these idiots called birthers (or as one clever tweeter now calls them, "after-birthers"), having being forced to endure the utter lunacy of the racist hate firm of Trump and Taitz, I find myself at a loss for coherent sentences. (I'll leave that to you... I'm currently accepting your under-30 second videos for a Blunt webisode of your thoughts on birthers, due Saturday morning.)
Here is one more despicable example of the ignorant fear and hatred of the "other". Via WaPo, read it and seethe:
Shiloh Baptist Church in the District said it has received threatening phone calls and e-mails after an Easter visit from President Obama and a conservative television commentator’s subsequent playing of a videotape in which the pastor said that those espousing racial prejudice do so “under the protective cover of talk radio.”
The Rev. Wallace Charles Smith said the church has received more than 100 threats since Fox News channel’s Sean Hannity aired a tape Monday of a speech Smith gave in January 2010 at Eastern University in Saint Davids, Pa.
“We received a fax that had the image of a monkey with a target across is face,” Smith said. “My secretary has received telephone calls that have been so vulgar until she has had to hang up.” [...]
Hannity compared Smith to Obama’s controversial former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright...
Sean Hannity has a lot of influence; what a shame that it's not the right kind. If anyone is unAmerican, it's the ClusterFox crowd, not our president. And if there were such a thing as civility certificates, we'd have to demand theirs prior to allowing them on the airwaves.
By the way, other presidents who have worshiped at Shiloh Baptist Church include Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.