I've posted this wearyingly predictable story because I believe these sorts of racists need to be exposed. And so these posts will continue for a while, I'm sorry to say, because we are not in a post-racial America. That sickness still runs deep and wide in this country.
Bloggers and others on the right seem not to be able to understand that when Mr. Bush was president and on the receiving end of jokes and slurs, those jokes and slurs came from bloggers and e-columnists. I don't recall any federal judge disparaging President Bush's mother, wife, or parentage. I don't recall any federal judge implying Mr. Bush's mother had sex with an animal in order to produce him.
I don't recall any Democratic member of the US House of Representatives shouting "YOU LIE!" while Mr. Bush was addressing that chamber. Nor do I remember any governor wagging his or her finger in President Bush's face.
I read somewhere recently that Mr. Obama is the Jackie Robinson of US presidents. And he, like the great and dignified Mr. Robinson, has had to endure the filth of racism that runs deep and wide in this country in the 21st century because he is the first president with brown skin. Mr. Obama (and sadly his wife as well) have had to rise above the taunts, the lies, and the monumental disrespect that no other modern president and first lady have had to suffer, not just from partisan hacks and the general opposition, but by members of Congress, governors of states, and even federal judges:
FROM TALKING POINTS MEMO:
Ryan J. Reilly
Montana Chief U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull, a George W. Bush nominee, admitted on Wednesday that he forwarded a racially-charged email implying that President Barack Obama might have been the product of a sexual encounter between his mother and a dog.
“A little boy said to his mother; ‘Mommy, how come I’m black and you’re white?’” the email forwarded from Cebull’s official court email address on Feb. 20 read, according to the Great Falls Tribune. “His mother replied, ‘Don’t even go there Barack! From what I can remember about that party, you’re lucky you don’t bark!’”
The federal judge’s email called the joke “a bit touching” and said he wanted all of his friends to feel what he felt when he read the email. “Hope it touches your heart like it did mine,” he wrote.
Cebull told the newspaper that his brother sent him the racist email which he then forwarded to six “old buddies” and acquaintances. A forwarded version of the email eventually made its way to a reporter at the Great Falls Tribune.
Cebull said he showed “very poor judgment” by forwarding the email and said it was “not intended by me in any way to become public.”
He added that he “did not forward it because of the racist nature of it” although he acknowledged it was racist.
“The only reason I can explain it to you is I am not a fan of our president, but this goes beyond not being a fan,” Cebull explained to the newspaper. “I didn’t send it as racist, although that’s what it is. I sent it out because it’s anti-Obama.”
"We are bound by an inescapable garment of mutuality, whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ~letter from the Birmingham Jail, 1962
Nigeria has been declared officially free of Ebola after six weeks with no new cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.
According to the BBC, the Spanish nurse who was the first person to contract Ebola outside of West Africa has tested negative for the virus (a second test is required before she’ll be officially free of the disease). And the United States has reached an important milestone: the 21-day monitoring period for the 48 people who had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who died of Ebola in Dallas, ended on Sunday and Monday. Aside from the two nurses who cared for him, there have been no new infections.