Guest post from Cheryl Courtney-Evans of the abitchforjustice blog
realize that this topic isn’t what one would call a “transgender
issue”, but as a transgender community we don’t live ‘in a bubble’, so
issues that affect the overall societal condition affect us as well.
Often times we find ourselves at the intersections of multiple obstacles
(gender, orientation, AND race) to a prosperous existence…
With that said, I was disturbed and angered to come across (via a “share” on facebook) an article in a “Little Green Footballs”
posting about the “deluge” of hate and racism expressed by
viewers/readers of a FOX article on the death of Whitney Houston. There
was repeated use of the “n” word in reference to her and all African
Americans, as well as “monkey” and expressions of ill will for Obama. It
was a sickening display of complete hate and disgusting racism without
apparent end, from various people (as opposed to one long rant from one
person). The author of the Little Green Footballs piece reported that
there were many more than the ones he shared, he just couldn’t stomach
sharing any more than he had.
It made me think about how so
many folks, most notably Republican public figures, continue to claim
there is no “race problem” in the United States (even as they practice
race-bating in their campaigns [Newt Gingrich & Rick Santorum]), and
accuse those who point it out as “pulling the race card”, and fight to
suppress voting rights that we know will greatly affect the ability of
African Americans that would vote in the 2012 elections, to vote.
It’s also telling that such a
large number of respondents to FOX’s piece would post such comments, and
FOX is the staunchest supporter of the Republican agenda; it would
indicate that FOX’s audience is basically a hating, racist bunch, which
says something about FOX, that it would attract such a crew.
As we watch the 2012 election
approach, I hope my readers will think about this “connection of the
dots”….how the most popular of these FOX-supported Republican
candidates are the ones that “out-conservative” (‘conservative’ is their
word for it, lol) their opponents in order to attract the ‘far right’
[Tea Party] voters, who all the while deny their racism (but don’t call
out their candidates who race-bait)…oh, REALLY??? It would be
laughable if the situation wasn’t so serious…just sayin’.
It seems to me that even though the United States now has an African American (boldened
that word for the ‘birthers’, LOL) president, racism is still alive and
well in these United States. I believe there’s a public resurgence
because they feel they “fell asleep at the wheel” in 2008, which allowed
Obama’s election to the White House; they’re determined it’s not to