Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Barack Obama the most "threatened President in history." Secret Service says number of threats "overwhelming." Update!

Courtesy of Causes.com:  

President Barack Obama is the target of more than 30 potential death threats a day and is being protected by an increasingly over-stretched Secret Service. He is the most threatened President in history. 

Since the President took office in 2008, the rate of threats against the president has increased 400% cent. Some threats to the President have been publicized, including the well known alleged plot by white supremacists in Tennessee to rob a gun store, shoot 88 black people, decapitate another 14 and then assassinate the first black president in American history. 

Most however, are kept under wraps because the Secret Service fears that revealing details of them would only increase the number of copycat attempts. 

The Secret Service says that many of those who make such threats are mentally ill, and it is the goal of the Secret Service to find them help. It can be "sobering," they said, when agents show up at their door. 

According to the Secret Service, the president is the most threatened person in the U.S., regardless of political party. 

The President is not made aware of all threats against him, however, because as the Secret Service says, "the sheer number would be overwhelming and, frankly, distracting."

You know I think most of us already know this is probably true but seeing it in print is pretty  frightening.

I have worried about this President ever since the day he was inaugurated in 2009, and I don't think I will stop until he leaves office in 2017.

And THIS is the environment in which he is expected to function while  leading this nation and creating policies for the betterment of his fellow Americans. Many of who would no doubt take to the streets in celebration, if in fact an assassin's bullet were to find its mark.

By the way, as if I needed one, this just give me ANOTHER reason to despise Sarah Palin and the Pandora's box of hatred and racism that she helped to open up in 2004.

Update: Salon reports that the racism is being passed along to the younger generation:  

Using racist language to call for the president’s assassination is shocking on its own, but even more notable is the large number of children — high school students and recent grads — who appear on this Tumblr. A typical post: “If that coon takes my gun ill turn him into Bin Laden and blow his damn brains out!” 

This is Colten Chandler, a cherubic-looking student attending Mayville–Portland High School in North Dakota. Sean Spratt, another high school student: “Well Atleast I got to see my brothers friends [Halloween] costume it will still be my favorite! A Obama mask with a noose around his neck. Had me rollin.” Even after a few sobering tweets from others about the permanence of the Web, Secret Service, his school being contacted, etc., he repeated the tweet. Taken in aggregate, there seems to be very little idea that racism is wrong.

It’s useful to recall the obsolete theory of spontaneous generation, whereby scientists once believed living organisms could spring forth without an antecedent from other living organisms, e.g., maggots magically burst from rotting meat. The maggots didn’t magically appear, microbiology tells us they came from the flies buzzing around the carrion. Similarly, the junior racists didn’t come up with this on their own, the infection is contracted from adults and metastasizes in the presence of Fox News and in the voice of Rush Limbaugh. It’s a cultural sickness exemplified in Megan Beyer, a kewpie-faced girl in Cypress Texas who adoringly writes that her dad, whom she no doubt loves, is quitting his job and dedicating his life to assassinating the president. Chuck Marchese, a 2011 high school graduate, eloquently requests on Twitter, “SOMEBODY ANYBODY PLEASE SHOOT THAT N—– NOW!!!!!” while his father grouses via text, “At least the snow is still white in this country” — the son proudly declaring, “And people wonder where I get it from!” They shouldn’t wonder. 

Overall our younger generation is more tolerant, less racist, and more progressive than their parents, but in certain places, especially in the deep south, racism, and even violent imagery directed at African Americans, is not only tolerated but encouraged.

It is if the Civil War still rages on to this day for many of these people, and the idea of a black face in the White House angers them to their very bones, as if hatred were part of their genetic code.


  1. Anonymous2:07 AM

    I don't like to accuse people of hating Obama because he is black, but this time I will make an exception. I can't think of any other reason for him to be threatened more than any other President besides racism. It's sickening. Even if you don't agree with the man, he is no worse than leaders that we have had in the past, yet he is unfairly targeted.

    I don't worry much about him being harmed, though. I wouldn't be surprised if some nut waved a gun in this face, but I don't think anyone would be able to actually pull it off. The Secret Service has him covered.

    1. Anonymous8:25 AM

      anon@2:07 EXACTLY!

      It is none other than racism and ginned up by the likes of foxnews and stupid sarah & co.

      And Home skoolin' has allowed kids to stay in their racist little nest of hate and pass on the shit of racism!

      That is why I think Home skoolin' shouldn't be allowed. Only in extreme cases where the kids are unable to get to a school and a tutor should be sent out.

      Thanks to GWB who loosened the law on Homeskoolin' to appease the fundy's.

    2. Anonymous4:18 PM

      "The Secret Service has him covered."

      I hope you're right. After some of the news coming out about them, they don't impress me as much as they used to.

  2. Anonymous2:20 AM

    I totally agree with your comment about Palin's Pandora's box. I do not recall such damaging vitriol prior to her arrival on the national scene. I really hope that Fox has a rethink about allowing her hate-filled rhetoric to be a part of their brand. They will likely always be conservative (as long as Murdoch owns them) but they should strive for intelligent and civil discourse rather than that which Ms. Palin offers. Now they need to cut Hannity off and tone down O'Reilly. Heavy sigh--it's nice to dream.

    1. Leland5:37 AM

      Palin grabs viewers. She pulls them in because she is spewing what they personally believe and they are looking for confirmation from ANYONE on the national stage.

      They look for someone to "tell" them racism is okay and they have that in her. Oh, she hasn't come right out and called him a "N", but it is so obvious whenever she opens her mouth.

      So as long as there are racists, and pigs like Palin to give them fuel, we will have this problem.

      As far as Fox getting some intelligence? Not going to happen. Not as long as it is an "entertainment" channel.

      As for Murdock, I wish we could get him TOTALLY out of this country's media. He's a bad influence to all of it.

    2. Anonymous8:16 AM

      Sarah Palin teaches her children, Track, Bristol, Willow and Piper. Track, Bristol and Willow are passing family traditions to the younger children.

  3. Leland2:44 AM

    I worry about him even AFTER he is no longer President.. These shits don't really care WHEN they "get" him, as long as they "get" him!

  4. Anonymous2:49 AM

    No wonder the USA is loosing respect in the world. It began when Dubya was placed into office, with evil Cheney running the country into wars and debt. Now all is being exposed about Norquist and his stupid pledge. Elected officials should pledge to do their best for their constituents, not some fuzzy faced clown. Then, even though they clearly did not like him, they got behind Rmoney for president. The gop is a laughingstock, nothing more than a racist, elitist group of people who resent the President because he is more intelligent than any of them. How DARE a black man rise up to lead the country? Well, the voters turned out to support him, and rightfully so. The best MAN won. Palin and her untalented family will fade into obscurity where they always belonged. Karma is a bitch, she will find that out sooner rather than later. Rove got a shock when he could not deliver the WH for Rmoney, all the dirty tricks failed this time. Norquist is geting taken down, and McCain is more unhinged by the day. What a group of losers. When a political party has a "convention" and do not even invite the man who was in office for two terms, they should wake up. Ashamed of their "president"??

  5. angela3:16 AM

    This sickens me. We live in a violent crazy society that because of people's misunderstanding of the First Amendment leads us to have a country full of idiots who think that it is okay for them to say any goddamned thing they want to---without consequence. See high profiled idiots like Trump, Nugent, Angle, Bachmann and Palin egging these assholes on.

    I remember John McCain trying to refuse SS protection. And the ironic thing is he probably would have been just fine without it during the campaign. Those nuts had no problems with a clueless old white man with criminally bad judgment (Palin) being president. All he ever had to worry about was Palin sicking the AIP on him if he'd won the presidency.

  6. Anonymous3:25 AM

    I distinctly remember an interview in 2009 with both our President and First Lady where Michelle said they had discussed assassination on numerous occasions. They felt it was no different than being gunned down on the streets on Chicago being "Joe Citizen" and was a risk they were willing to take on behalf of the American people.

    That being said, I will never understand "Christians" who fervently pray Psalm 109:8-9 and look themselves in the mirror. The Tundra Twat has fueled it to fever pitch....is it any wonder God has slammed her "open doors" shut.

    1. Anonymous6:07 PM

      I almost forgot about the entire Psalm episode. That was a particularly vile hate campaign from people who, ironically, don't take President Obama at his word that he is a Christian, labeling him a Muslim just adds to the "he's not like us" excuse.

  7. Anonymous3:31 AM

    If Heaven forbid anything happened to the President and God knows how many of us pray for his safety that this country will lose all standing in the world.
    .The grief and chaos it will cause would be disasterous. I am pretty sure the Secret Service knowing the impact are doing their best ( hookers aside) but when we have uneducated immoral people given a national stage it is expected. The biggest fear of the black community is that someone would make attempt. I suppose the wacko in wasilla would say people are trying to lynch her. Why the heck don't people come forward. If enough rocks are thrown glass walls eventually crumble. This country still has a long way to go to be the greatest that it can be but that means taking all control away from those trying to keep us back. Sarah Palin i know you are reading this remember what is done in the dark always come to light. Won't be long before. someone leaks something, the nails are in the coffin they are just looking for the hammer. You betch a

    1. Anonymous5:15 AM

      Well said.

  8. Anonymous3:56 AM

    It was such an odd thing to light upon, that Senator Obama didn't 'see America the way you and I see America."

  9. Anonymous4:17 AM

    Sarah Palin has much evil to answer for, true. But here in my little corner of a 98% Republican county in Texas, at least I can report this news: she is now considered a joke, a has-been, an un-serious dabbler, a lightweight, and an idiot with no idea how ridiculous she appears and sounds. No more Palin stickers on cars. All that's over. She's regarded as some tasteless reminder of a bad era, like shoulder pads from the 80's. Fame is fickle, especially for an attention whore with the moral compass of a RPG.

  10. Anonymous4:18 AM

    Outraged "victim" broadcast from Wasilla in 3..... 2...... 1

  11. Sally in MI4:23 AM

    The hate and racism have always been bubbling near the surface, but Palin yanked them out of the boiling fetid water and proudly wore them as a mantle. While Pat Robertson has his homebound elderly captive white audience of thousands, Palin reached millions, and legitimized their hate. For that, she will not be forgiven on Earth or after. And look what her hate has brought out: people like Todd Akin proudly spewing their version of science. Allen West calling Democrats communists, and nearly retaining his seat. Misogynists nearly gaining the WH. And yet, the middle class white folks whose jobs Romney would gladly sell for a buck to Mexico, call Obama 'divisive.' Thank you Sarah and Fox, for exposing the ugly underbelly of this great nation. Now maybe we can make you so ashamed that you will go away. And stop threatening the one man capable of leading us out of this abyss and back into a fair and great country.

    1. Anonymous9:00 AM

      Well said. I was very worried before the election. After he won, I took a deep breath, but am back to being VERY concerned again. It's just so discouraging!

    2. lwtjb7:31 PM

      I agree completely. At least these people have been exposed for what they are. I too am very concerned.

  12. Anonymous4:25 AM

    This has long been my fear as well. I cringe when I see him going out and shaking hands and hugging people. At least he does not ride in an open convertible. I lived in Ft Worth when JFK was shot 49 years ago. I do not want to see this ever happening again. One would think we would learn from our troubled times. I was born into a biggoted family (MS not TX) but I have spent my life changing me and my children. My grandchildren live in an area where their playmates are of all races and they are prepared to live in the America of the future. As the little boy said about the starfish, I can't save 'em all, but I can save these.

  13. Anonymous4:42 AM

    *2008 there at the end :)

  14. Not What You Want to Hear4:45 AM

    Gryphen: "By the way, as if I needed one, this just give me ANOTHER reason to despise Sarah Palin and the Pandora's box of hatred and racism that she helped to open up"

    And don't forget her buddy Glenn Beck. He's made millions off scaring the daylights out of the mean and stupid, like the lunatic who was going to blow up the Tides Foundation after Glenn Beck ranted against the organization for weeks. Of course, the mother ship of all this propaganda...Fox News...holds the most responsibility for giving these charlatans a media platform.

  15. Anonymous5:05 AM

    Kids hate-tweet Obama, echoing what they hear at home

    A Tumblr of high-schoolers' awful tweets reveals that racism still gets passed on from generation to generation

    ... Naked racism as a political strategy if not life philosophy is nothing new to the GOP, but perhaps progressives need to point out that this is the urgent culture war facing our country, not whether PBS deserves its minuscule amount of government funding, because the collateral damage of a racist party are the children.

    As a public service, I suppressed my gag reflex and read every one of the entries from Hellothereracists, a Tumblr composed of racist tweets about President Obama post-election, submitted by those who spotted them on the Internet. From the site: “The (un)official motto of the GOP is ‘personal responsibility’ — so with publicly available information, let the words, names and faces of these racists be documented so that they may be responsible for them.”

    Using racist language to call for the president’s assassination is shocking on its own, but even more notable is the large number of children — high school students and recent grads — who appear on this Tumblr. A typical post: “If that coon takes my gun ill turn him into Bin Laden and blow his damn brains out!” This is Colten Chandler, a cherubic-looking student attending Mayville–Portland High School in North Dakota.

    Sean Spratt, another high school student: “Well Atleast I got to see my brothers friends [Halloween] costume it will still be my favorite! A Obama mask with a noose around his neck. Had me rollin.” Even after a few sobering tweets from others about the permanence of the Web, Secret Service, his school being contacted, etc., he repeated the tweet. Taken in aggregate, there seems to be very little idea that racism is wrong.

    This Tumblr is becoming the kid version of the racist GOP echo chamber, fomented by the axiom, if adults do it, it must be OK. I have seen this at work myself:


  16. Anonymous6:01 AM

    Told You So

    Bruce Bartlett takes a tiny bit of pleasure - after years of grief - at being proven right about the GOP's suicidal trajectory since the early Bush-Cheney years. But what's striking to me about the piece, published in the best conservative magazine in America, The American Conservative, is his account of what generally happens to intellectual honesty in today's polarized Washington.

    It is actively punished.

    Bruce had three intellectual crises, as he calls them. He was shocked, as I was, by the Bush administration's shameless bribery of the voters and utter contempt for fiscal balance or parliamentary procedure, as Medicare D proved. He was shocked when two costly- incompetently run wars were not even budgeted. He was shocked again when he observed that not only were criticisms of such recklessness not allowed, they were not even heard because the right had created its own media chamber, which kept any dissidence or intellectual challenge firmly out of earshot. So Bruce wrote a book, explaining Bush's attack on core conservative principles:


    Revenge of the Reality-Based Community

    I know that it’s unattractive and bad form to say “I told you so” when one’s advice was ignored yet ultimately proved correct. But in the wake of the Republican election debacle, it’s essential that conservatives undertake a clear-eyed assessment of who on their side was right and who was wrong. Those who were wrong should be purged and ignored; those who were right, especially those who inflicted maximum discomfort on movement conservatives in being right, ought to get credit for it and become regular reading for them once again.

    I’m not going to beat around the bush and pretend I don’t have a vested interest here. Frankly, I think I’m at ground zero in the saga of Republicans closing their eyes to any facts or evidence that conflict with their dogma. Rather than listen to me, they threw me under a bus. To this day, I don’t think they understand that my motives were to help them avoid the permanent decline that now seems inevitable.


  17. ibwilliamsi6:14 AM

    If you've ever lived in the South, you will see that "Brown v. The Board of Education" has very little to do with reality. I lived all my life in Oregon, and have moved to NC. The lines of segregation are so clear here. It's unreal.

    White people generally won't and don't know how to deal socially with people of color. People of color generally won't and don't know how to deal socially with white people. By this I mean that people actually DO NOT ever speak to each other if it can be avoided. Both groups know how to work together, and are integrated in the work system, but not in society. The schools are generally segregated because the neighborhoods are segregated.

    And I can not tell you the number of times that I have commented about the lever of violence in our nearby metropolitan city - drive by shootings, people shooting/killing each other over girls, cars, $5, multiple violent deaths each week - only to be quite frankly told, nearly verbatim by all, "Yes, but that is only in a certain level of society". You know, the level of society that they don't think of as human and can't see that will inevitably be a part of their society whether it's their downfall or just that they happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. They say it's no use giving people an opportunity to raise themselves out of violence and poverty because they're "never going to change", or "their children are lost before they even get to school from being in that environment".

    Never a thought to the benefits the city might get from a strong Head Start program, or a strong after school activities program. There's a belief that those things are only for the people who can afford them. I have to say, I knew that things were ugly here. I had no idea of how deeply ugly it is.

    1. Anonymous11:36 AM

      It is not that they don't know how is that they won''t and in the case of black people i know exactly why. There is no difference with the way you interact with people socially who happen to have a different skin color ( not sure why you think there is). What truly truly peeves them off about the President and first lady is that they think they do not know their place ( in their minds). There is nothing that peeves off a racist more than someone they deem to be inferior to have a better education, a better family, a better dog ( Bo is too cute), a better job ,a loving wife, great kids, a better anything and he will always be President no matter what happens and it causes them to lose their minds, When he shoudl be held up by the standard of how far you can go if you work hard. His story is the American dream and yet look at how disrespectful they are.

      NC and many places in the south will not be changing any time soon. Heck I looked at a cousins text book and they pretty much say that slaves enjoyed being slaves.There is self segregation such as in NC because it is often safer for black people to stay away from some whites. There are still sundown towns in the US , they are not spoken about but they are known within the black community. The reality of how i have to carry myself when I am in the US can be very disturbing at times. For instance if I am going shopping i don't wear a jacket or carry a large purse, I avoid any bulky clothes and I don't try anything on. My husband regularly has women grab their purses when he walks by even though he makes a 6 figure income and we own two businesses and he could care less about going anywhere near their purse. I see it every day and not just in the south.

    2. Anonymous4:12 PM

      11:36, I have to agree with you, sadly. I have white friends that just don't get it. They are far from racist, but they don't 'see' what the black and brown people of our country see and experience everyday. It used to be hidden, but not anymore. I am white and can see it plain as day.

  18. Even those of us who live in the South are prevented from showing our support of President Obama because of fear of reprisals. I was afraid to put an Obama/Biden sign in my yard but many of my neighbors advertised for Romney/Ryan without any such fear. This is not right but it is fact. Speaking ones political ideology in many third world countries is less dangerous than it is here in the US.

    1. Anonymous6:32 AM

      I live in the south and feel the same way.I am an old woman and I have never seen this much hate against one person.

    2. Anonymous9:27 AM

      Mne stayed AFTER I hooked it to an electric fence and ran the fencing wire around it.

    3. dancingthroughlife9:45 AM

      I live in Ohio and was afraid to put a bumper sticker on my car- I leave my car sitting in the public transportation lot while I take the train into downtown Cleveland for work. I just didn't want to take a chance. We didn't put a sign in our yard for the same reason- didn't want it to impact the relationship we have with our (elderly) neighbors. It's sad when you can't even express support for a candidate without a fear of what the consequences might be.

  19. Anonymous6:46 AM

    So much for post-racial America. Sad.

  20. This won't end after he leaves office either.

    Obama and his family will need secret service protection for the rest of their lives.

  21. Anonymous7:25 AM

    The Millennial Generation: Our Liberal Future

    How doomed are conservatives? Pretty doomed, if you look carefully at the Pew Research Survey’s close analysis of the youth vote in the 2012 elections. The Republicans’ long-term dilemma has generally been framed in racial terms, but it’s mainly a generational one. The youngest generation of voters contains a much smaller proportion of white voters than previous generations, and those whites in that generation vote Republican by a much smaller margin than their elders. What’s more, younger voters supported President Obama during the last two election cycles for reasons that seem to go beyond the usual reasons — social issues like gay marriage and feminism, immigration policy, or Obama’s personal appeal — and suggest a deeper attachment to liberalism. The proclivities of younger voters may actually portend a full-scale sea change in American politics.


    1. Leland8:25 AM

      7:25, all you say is quite accurate and very comforting, except for one point you failed to bring up. TIME. Do you really believe those in control of the Repubes are going to step aside for the YOUNG? Not for MANY years!

      We are stuck with having to fight those same pigs for years to come - regardless of any changes they CLAIM to be making.

  22. hedgewytch7:26 AM

    Compiled with the children's indoctrination into hate and fear of the "other" is a complete lack of accountability. Boy are these kids going to have a very rude awakening when those twitter and facebook posts are looked at by a potential employer and they loose that job opportunity because of it, when the SS shows up at their door with a few questions, when they commit another crime and these "statements" are brought up in court as proof of character.

    It is amazing how technologically advanced our children are and yet how utterly stupid and ignorant they are about how that electronic information NEVER goes away and will follow them for the rest of their lives!

    1. Anonymous9:30 AM

      There are programs for employers to use to scan the internet for social media to do just that. I use one. I didn't hire an office administrator because at age 35 she CHOSE to have her facebook profile pic of her passed out on the floor ( at age 35!)
      I use one and my company isn't even that big.

    2. lwtjb8:51 PM

      This is your permanent record in real life.

  23. Anonymous7:34 AM

    I am helping guide my son's choice of colleges. As I've learned more about where the most outspoken bigotry and hatred is in our country, I have begun urging him to give a pass to colleges like the Universities of Mississippi and Alabama (full tuition scholarship, as well as colleges in Missouri, Texas, Arkansas, etc. Even in what we'd think of as tolerant academic settings, we're seeing this kind of opposition expressed (racist freak-out would be a more accurate phrase). I'm now encouraging my son to consider colleges in the West and Northeast - farther from home, but better for his wellbeing, both intellectual and personal. He's an Obama supporter!

    1. Anonymous9:31 AM

      any college in central Texas, the Austin/San Antonio area is very liberal.

    2. Anonymous12:36 PM

      I can attest to what 9:31 said. The a lot of the rural areas of Texas HATE Austin with a passion because they are more liberal than the rest of the state. We used to live in deep east TX and just about everyone (who was a native anyway) said Austin was "weird" (ie-diverse, educated, more secular). In fact, the offical slogan for Austin is "Keep Austin weird!" lol

  24. Anonymous7:43 AM

    I am not convinced that the hatred toward Obama is just because he is black. I think the "nuts" and hate-filled scum threatening our president are angry that Obama is so smart. The skin color is just the way to easily identify and label him.

    There is always jealousy and hatred, maligning, indignation etc. toward the "brain" in the classroom. To see the "smart one" fall is often a goal of a group in the membership.

    Obama is loved, respected and admired throughout the rest of the world. This grates on the undereducated, pompous, faux xtian citizenry in the US.

    Ask them how they chose to be born "white" before conception. Fools - they all are!

    1. lwtjb8:53 PM

      There is a lot of truth in what you say about brains.

  25. Anonymous9:57 AM

    Another reason to hate these vile assholes. Palin is a racist bitch too,even though she screwed Glen Rice. What a nasty bag of crap.

  26. Anonymous10:40 AM

    This seems like the right place to exclaim my disgust with all Republicans. Just heard McCain, Graham, and Aylote say they are more disturbed then before any talk with Amb Rice. Funny tho- when Bush was breaking the constitution, starting wars(Two) withourt paying for them,and tortureing people,none of these so called "significantly troubled" ACCORDING TO THEMSELVES Republicans were murmmering a word..Now we have an elected man who has morals, and values, these wonderful people disagree with and, they have great big, big voices,all against anything he does.
    I agree with those who have posted here, there are many white people who are still very angry we now have a black MAN as president.i think it's about time. Get over it folks,he won!!!

  27. Anonymous11:21 AM

    It is my opinion that the good old boys population is on its way out of existence. In some cases, literally - that generation of bigoted, racist, misogynist men are dying out but unfortunately, there are plenty of middle-aged and younger men to take their place, but not on the same scale.

    However, it is not going to be an 'automatic' that the races suddenly blend together culturally whereas everything is happy, happy, joy, joy. Not going to happen. One must understand that humans tend to gather in groups that they 'belong' to which includes the same race. Multi-culturism differences are here to stay, no matter how New Agey one speaks of it.

    Speaking of the President's death threats (of which I hope the Secret Service does their job thoroughly and skip the hookers), an friend of mine in Wasilla mentioned to me that Todd stopped into his business (they went to Wasilla High School together), and told my friend that he, Todd, was worried about the significant amount of death threats that Sarah was getting. Apparently, the number of threats has gone up significantly during the election and afterwards (like 'now').

    For what-it's-worth-department.

    1. Anonymous4:01 PM

      Is there anything about the Obamas that sarah isn't jealous of?

  28. WakeUpAmerica12:46 PM

    What a terrific picture! Where did you find it, Gryphen?

  29. Anonymous2:33 PM

    I feel that the fetid fires of racism is being fanned by the fools that do not want this nation to move forward.

  30. Anita Winecooler6:45 PM

    The fact that this man was elected twice gives me some consolation that these hateful, racist idiots will one day be the minority, if they aren't already. I grew up in a racially and ethnically diverse neighborhood in a big city (racial and ethnically diverse meant "ghetto", but we didn't know it).
    My parents came here from eastern europe, and worked menial jobs in the clothing industry (piece work in sweatshops), as did most of the adults in our neighborhood. Disputes happened, as they usually do in high density areas, but they were settled with words, when words failed, then fists were used as a last resort. There was little, if any, gun violence nor drug abuse. We didn't see "color", we saw "people".

    The biggest shock of my life happened when I attended a wedding in Indiana. We were denied service because some in our caravan happened to be african american or latino. We were refused hotel rooms and even gasoline because our tags came from "yankee" states. I saw houses with lawn jockeys and pyramids of cannon balls as we made our way through the south. For the first time in my life, I felt the sting of hate that people of color endure every day, and I didn't like it then just as I don't like it now.
    We really need to address racism openly in our families, schools and communities as often as possible.

  31. lwtjb7:20 PM

    There is a nation wide move to file state petitions for secession. Every state in the union has posted one on the White House web site. If a petition gathers 25,000 signatures on that site, the WH promises to respond. TX already had over 100,000 yesterday. Almost identical language on all and certainly not voted on by anyone. I'm in Oregon and have not seen any such petition but am told there is one supposedly representing me. The signatures are done in such a way as to be unidentifiable so could come from anywhere.

  32. emrysa9:08 PM

    this tells you just how fucking crazy people in this country are. and yes, they are our neighbors. this place is fucked up because of so many reasons, but the root being ignorance.

    I know this sounds pretty woo-woo but I think to an extent that obama is protected. while on the one hand I do worry about his safety, on the other hand I think there is a bigger universal mission here and he is serving a purpose which will require that he be around longer than an 8 year presidency. I hope I am right of course, but there is no telling. one thing that leads me to think I am right is that there is no one waiting in the wings to fill his big shoes... the universe doesn't have anyone else lined up at the moment. woo-woo, maybe, but I think obama will accomplish many more things that go beyond an 8-year presidency.

  33. Anonymous10:10 AM

    I'm from New York City ( pre-yuppie liberal influx ) and our city was mixed, when many others were still racist. Real New Yorkers are pragmatist. We don't hate Obama because of His skin color. We hate him because we see Him as a socialist. We also see him as a closet muslim masquerading as a Christian, among other things. We hate him for those reasons, not because He's black. Heck, any other black man will do in His place, just as long as He's an avowed patriot and a friend to our allies, such as Israel, which Obama is not! No one wants to see him harmed, but the majority of us who dislike him, would only hope and pray that he would just go away.

  34. Anonymous5:28 PM

    maybe if my white children did not get overlooked for less qualified black applicants ... i would not be so racially pissed off.


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