I know the majority of people in this … or any nation … are decent human beings who care about the planet, wildlife, and their fellow humans. At least … I hope that’s still the case. But those ‘bad apples’ sure do stink and they seem to be everywhere you look! The latest example that slapped me across the face this morning was this one …This woman was part of a counter-protest during a Black Lives Matter event in Branson, Missouri, on Sunday. Okay, the confederate flag is offensive enough, but we’re used to the fools waving those things around. And the maga hat … it doesn’t even offend anymore … it is a joke. It was what she screeched at the Black Lives Matter protestors that caused my jaw to drop …
“I will teach my grandkids to hate you all!”
Then she got to her feet with her Confederate flag and screamed, “suck on this.” What sort of human being does this? What is our society turning into? I think some people in this nation have taken their 1st Amendment ‘rights’ just a bit too far! Frankly, if I had been there, I likely would have lit fire to her damn rebel flag. Rebellion is one thing … hate is quite another.
So, this woman will teach her grandchildren to hate black people. Just when we think we’re making progress, that perhaps we can finally begin to end racism in this country, we have people teaching the youngest among us to hate … to hate only because of the colour of another’s skin. How, then, can we ever end racism? It is being passed down from one generation to the next by narrow-minded, arrogant, ignorant people.
On Sunday, days after NASCAR announced the banning of the confederate flag at their events, a noose was found in Bubba Wallace’s garage stall at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. Wallace is the only full-time black NASCAR driver and a supporter of Black Lives Matter. A noose. The symbol of lynchings. Why? Because his skin is black, because some of those southern ‘good ol’ boys’ are angry at the banning of their symbol of slavery, the confederate flag.
I sit here looking out my window, watching the neighbor’s two dogs playing in the yard. One is chestnut brown, the other dappled grey, and yet … they are equal. They have fun together, they live together, share the same food dishes, and snif each other’s butts with never a care for the colour of their fur. Not long ago, I saw a story of a dog who raised a kitten … not only was their fur a different colour, but they were of two different species … yet it did not matter to them. Humans believe that they are the highest of all species, that their opposable thumbs and larger brains make them somehow superior. I don’t think so.
Babies are not born hating. Go visit a playground … notice that all the children play together … black, brown, white … it doesn’t matter to them. But as they grow into adults, they are either taught that all people are equal and should be judged only on behaviour, not skin colour, not gender, not who their ancestors were, or else they are taught to hate. They are taught to hate those perceived as “other”, just as that grandmother in Branson is teaching her grandchildren. And 20 years from now, one of her grandchildren may become that cop who shoots and kills an unarmed black man … just because he can.
Where does it end, folks? In the 1960s, I thought it was ending. It wasn’t, it only became unpopular to express bigoted viewpoints, so people kept their opinions largely to themselves, else aired them only among those who they knew shared their views. And in the past few weeks, since the brutal murder of George Floyd, with Civil War monuments coming down, protests gaining momentum, and calls for major changes in law enforcement, I once again thought that perhaps we were making some progress. And perhaps some of us are, but as long as there are people who value their icons of slavery, who believe that people of colour are somehow inferior, we’re not going to end racism. I think, well … the older generation will die out and the young people today are smarter, more compassionate. But … not if they’re taught to hate.
Our friend Keith wrote a post a week or so ago titled, “Bad Apples Will Spoil the Bunch”. How many ‘bad apples’ like the grandmother in Branson, like the person who put the noose in Bubba Wallace’s garage stall, are there among us? How many more will they infect with their hideous disease? Racism is a disease far more lethal than the coronavirus, for it is passed down from one generation to the next, and there will never be a vaccine.