Thursday, August 30, 2018
Well, what do I know?
Ten years ago, I felt that the election of Barack Obama signaled some sort of turning point in American race relations, a clear indicator of progress. It was a turning point, alright, except things got worse, not better. The mere presence of The Black Man in the White House brought out a surprising amount previously hidden racism in a lot of white people. And now the Bombastic Bozo occupying the White House has fanned the flames of racial enmity to a shocking degree. His obvious racism encourages and enables other racists. Nowhere is this frightening phenomenon more apparent than on social media (which ceased to be "social" long ago).
For unknown reasons, the lovely Mrs. Gammons is a Facebook "friend" with the younger brother of her sister's first ex-husband. (Got that?) They attended the same high school. Now in his early sixties, this man was raised -- as was Mrs. Gammons -- in the country club lifestyle of a hoity-toity, lily-white Cincinnati suburb. He's led a life of comfort and ease in the Queen City.
Her old schoolmate saw fit to post this stupid rebel-flag meme, challenging people to repost in the name of "our heritage," and she saw fit to comment. The actual transcript/exchange is also shown here, but is too small to be legible. So I've transcribed it. It's a doozy.
KMJ (Mrs. Gammons): You really expect people to repost an image of the Confederate flag? What about all this talk about uniting us as Americans? History can be a lesson to us not repeat certain mistakes. I don't understand this. Please enlighten me on why it's OK to glorify a culture that kept other humans as slaves.
JS (the aforementioned classmate): Not surprised with your comment.
JC (another ex-classmate): I'm not surprised either.
KMJ: Fancy that, a couple of guys who are not surprised. I'll bet nobody gets anything past you two!
JS: Just another angry liberal.
JC: When all else fail [sic] insult!
KMJ: Instead of placing labels on me, can either of you address my original question? Why is it OK to glorify a culture that kept human beings as slaves?
JS: What was the cause of the Civil War? [Can you feel the "states rights"? -- Buster]
JC: You need to read a history book. Actually, I think you are the one that labeled.
KMJ: You guys, please reread the whole conversation. I did not insult or name-call. And still, neither of you can or are willing to answer my original question. Why is that?
JC: This all started simply because we posted the post. You are the one that has the isues [sic].
KMJ: Still no answer to my question. Have fun at your next meeting. Hope you get to sit next to the Imperial Wizard.
Racism is alive in the Queen City! And what a shame, because it's such a nice, attractive town in almost every way. I realize that racism lives everywhere, and I know most Cincinnatians aren't blatant racists, but to paraphrase Nina Simone, Cincinnati Goddam!