More than once I have said that it feels as if we are moving backward to a time of extreme bigotry and racism, to a time of segregated schools, a time of ‘whites only’ bathrooms and drinking fountains. Two stories in yesterday’s news confirmed my worst fears.
A PEW research study was released yesterday that caused my jaw to drop. The survey found that 34% of Americans … more than a third … think it is okay to wear blackface as a part of a costume all, or at least sometimes. I am stunned at the ignorance, the utter crudity of these people! Unthinking louts! Morons! The demographics are interesting … take a look …Notice especially the differences between Republicans and Democrats — and the republicans wonder why the GOP has become known as the party of racists? The survey was conducted January 22nd to February 5th, mostly before the revelation of Virginia Governor Northam in blackface in his med school yearbook.
The age breakdown is also interesting, for it seems that people ages 18-29 are least likely to say it’s okay. But to me, the educational breakdown is perhaps the most relevant. It seems that common sense, compassion, cultural awareness increase with higher levels of education. Take a look …I wonder, if this survey had been taken three years ago, when we had an African-American president, a man of conscience and compassion, and before the ‘man’ in the Oval Office gave off racist vibes, would the results have been the same? For the record, it isn’t really a matter of opinion, but a matter of what’s right and what’s wrong. Wearing blackface is a form of mockery, a form of denigration, and it is NEVER acceptable. Period. Not for a costume party, not for a small gathering of close friends, and not for a med school yearbook picture. NEVER.
The second jaw dropper came with this headline …
West Virginia lawmaker compares LGBTQ community to the KKK
Say WHAT??? Ai ching … chihuahua!!!
In recent months, cities and municipalities in West Virginia have begun passing ordinances protecting the LGBT community from discrimination. Enter West Virginia state Delegate Eric Porterfield, not surprisingly a republican, who argued in favour of a state-level bill that would make such local ordinances against state law. The very notion that he is against equal rights for LGBT people is bad enough, but his rhetoric …
“The LGBTQ is a modern-day version of the Ku Klux Klan, without wearing hoods with their antics of hate. The LGBT is the most socialist group in this country. They do not protect gays. There are many gays they persecute if they do not line up with their social ideology. I am terrified of these people. They represent a socialist activist agenda. They are opponents of freedom.”
‘Opponents of freedom’. You, Mr. Porterfield, are a grade-A jackass! Mr. Porterfield is blind, having lost the sight in both eyes as a result of an altercation in 2006. Now, I just wonder how he would like it if somebody referred to blind people as being just like the KKK?
This is not his first time being a bully, as you might expect. In 2016, he saw a Facebook post by his wife’s gynecologist arguing in support of a woman’s right to choose, right to abortion. He told her in a Facebook message that, if she didn’t change to an anti-abortion position, he’d organize an economic boycott of her practice.
The situation escalated to the point of him filming a Facebook video calling for the boycott, and the doctor obtaining a protective service order from Magistrate Sandra Dorsey against Porterfield in court. Mercer County sheriff’s deputies then confiscated guns owned by Porterfield and his wife, Jessica. (Wouldn’t you just know they owned guns?)
And then in 2018, a bill was up before the West Virginia Legislature to ban forced conversion therapy on minors. The bill failed, but Porterfield was livid that the bill was even introduced, calling the bill bigoted and discriminatory.
This man is a prime example of what is wrong not only in our government, but in our society today. If you don’t fit into the mold … the white, Christian, straight, and preferably male mold … then you are second-class and deserve whatever those ‘exemplary’ white citizens decide you deserve.
One cannot blame Donald Trump exclusively for creating the attitudes of hate and bigotry we are seeing in ever-increasing numbers today, but we can blame him for condoning the behaviours of hate groups, and thus making these vermin believe that it is ‘okay’ to be racist, to be homophobic, xenophobic and misogynistic. Donald Trump said he would get rid of ‘political correctness’. Being politically correct is nothing more nor less than being polite, being kind, treating others fairly. And yet, those are things that we are losing in this nation. We are losing them because the ‘man’ at the helm of this ship says that white and Christian and straight are superior to all else. He is wrong. He is dead wrong.