When President Carter brought up racism in his recent interview, he said aloud, on a national level, what many have said privately.
This country has made great strides, over a long period of time, in overcoming racism, but it is still very much alive and screaming. The hateful signs, guns, and contorted faces at these so-called demonstrations and meetings immediately bring the element of racism to the forefront.
The ignorance is dangerous and tragic. Signs portraying President Obama as a monkey, a jungle tribesman, in whiteface, as Hitler, derogatory comments about his African heritage, signs calling for his death along with his wife and children; when this is shown on national television, what is one supposed to think–that this is civil discourse at it’s finest?
A lot of these people haven’t a clue as to what they’re demonstrating against. I’ve seen “socialist’ and “fascist” on the same sign,” government hands off my Medicare, another man held a sign reading ” get a brain, moran”. He can’t even spell, let alone understand what he’s protesting.
Until intelligent and civil discourse is demonstrated by these people, I also believe that racism plays a big part in this “grassroots” movement.