Racism Is Alive And Well …

I don’t know about you, folks, but I’m getting a mite tired of people calling themselves “patriots”, then using ethnic slurs and denigrating African-Americans, Latinos, Middle-Easterners and others, simply because they believe their white skin makes them somehow special.  In fact, I am damn sick and tired of it.

The latest?  It happened in Albany, New York, where a black employee of the local Home Depot store was fired for defending himself against a man hurling racial epithets at him for no reason other than … the colour of his skin.RuckerMaurice Rucker, 60-years-old, was working in the garden center at Home Depot last week when a male Caucasian came into the area with an unleashed dog.  Mr. Rucker simply asked him to leash his dog per the rules of the store.  Company policy, nothing more. The unidentified customer went ballistic …

“If Trump wasn’t president, you wouldn’t even have a job. You’re from the ghetto, what do you know?”

The man continued spewing racial epithets and expletives until finally Mr. Rucker had enough and said, “You’re lucky I’m at work, because if I wasn’t you wouldn’t be talking to me like this.”

Five days later Mr. Rucker was fired by Home Depot.  Why?  Because his words were perceived as a threat.  Oh wait … it’s okay for the white dude to curse and rail at the black man, but the black man is not allowed to civilly ask the white man to treat him with respect?

“I’m a black man, and I have dealt with all levels of racism all my life. I am not going to accept racist behavior at work, home, the streets or anyplace else.”

Good for you, Mr. Rucker.  I stand behind you 100%!

Mr. Rucker had been with Home Depot for ten years and earlier this month was named “Cashier of the Month”.  Yesterday, Home Depot had a change of heart and offered Mr. Rucker his job back, complete with back pay.  No word on whether Mr. Rucker accepted or what prompted the company’s change of ‘heart’.  I would be inclined to tell them where they could put their job, but … one must pay the rent and eat.

No less than three incidents of blatant public racist behaviour crossed my screen last night, all involving white people telling non-whites they “don’t belong here” or are “stupid” and hurling vulgar epithets for no other reason than that they can.  In just the past few weeks, we have witnessed episodes of racism in coffee shops, picnic areas, grad school dorms, suburban cul-de-sacs, golf courses, and public pools, to name a few.

Most recently …

A group of high schoolers from a Spokane youth group traveled to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, last Thursday to hear a guest preacher. Afterward, the group’s leader, Jose Ceniceros, took them out for ice cream at McDonald’s.  According to witnesses, as they were leaving the kids were being a bit loud, as kids will do, and one man took offense. Richard Sovenski followed the group to the parking lot, punched Mr. Ceniceros, then began screaming racial slurs at the kids.  There is a video of this tirade that I will not embed in this post, for it is beyond vulgar, but Sovenski goes on for several minutes saying things like …

“I will f— you up in a f—in’ heartbeat you f—n’ little faggot. Oh you f—you, you f—in’ half breed. Get the f— out of Idaho.”

Who died and left him the boss of Idaho???sovenskiSovenski had a friend with him trying to get him back inside the restaurant, but the friend also made obscene gestures toward the kids.  By the time police arrived, Sovenski was gone and it took them 5 days to ultimately arrest him on charges of misdemeanor battery and felony malicious harassment.

Earlier this month, 57-year-old Anne Marie Messiano of Pearl River, New York, went on a racist rant on a public bus, calling other passengers the n-word and “illegal immigrants” before attacking one of several riders who was recording her tirade.  Messiano faces charges of disorderly conduct, aggravated harassment and criminal obstruction of breathing.  ‘Criminal obstruction of breathing’?  That’s a new one for me.

Last week, Bentley Sanon was on his way to drop off his young son, when he was accosted by a racist driver who spewed racial insults at him.

I have no doubt that there are more of these incidents happening all over the country every day, for the ones I just told you about popped onto my radar without me even going in search of, all within a span of a few hours.  Why?  Well, what do you expect when both the president of the country and the secretary of Homeland Security publicly announce that some white supremacists are ‘fine people’.  What do you expect when the president pardons the most racist former sheriff in the nation, calling him a fine man?  What do you expect when neo-Nazis and white supremacists are running for seats in the U.S. Congress?

I have always been a firm supporter of the right to freedom of speech, the 1st Amendment.  I still am, but I think, in light of the fact that a portion of the citizens of this nation have shown that they lack good sense and common decency, there must be some boundaries on that free speech.  We simply cannot tolerate people abusing others simply because they don’t like the colour of their skin or the partner they chose to love.  This is insanity!  Those who wish to live in a lily white, Christian nation should go find one.  The United States is a diverse nation and will always be.  We need to be better than this, folks … we really need to be better before more people die from simply being who they are.  Think about it.