“Obama is the antichrist.”
Those were the words that actually came out of some dumbfuck’s mouth today–the words that sent me over the edge.
“No, he’s not,” I replied, “and you are ignorant; you are the most ignorant person I have ever spoken to.”
A little backstory is needed, I believe. Earlier in the day, I’d found out that my dad, on his way to dialysis, had his insulin level bottom out, causing him to pass out and total his pickup. He’s okay, but I was obviously worried about him, and stressed for the rest of the day. Add to this the increasing tension of hearing people ignorantly blurting out similar statements—“Obama is a Muslim, and I’m a Christian, and I don’t want to vote for him;” “I’m not gonna vote for no goddamned n——;” “Obama’s a terrorist, and will destroy this country.”
With all this in the background, I blew my top. I went on a rampage—telling him that Obama was a Christian, that Muslim wasn’t a dirty word, that Obama wasn’t a terrorist, that not all Muslims were terrorists, that if he was what Christians claim to be that his religious faith wouldn’t matter as much, that Bush and the goddamned religious right have divided this country, that his ignorance should revoke his right to vote. He kept making false claims, I kept letting him know that he was wrong—not that we happened to disagree, not that we had different viewpoints on this particular issue, that he was and is wrong.
He then gave me another “fact” (read: bullshit information taken from Fox Noise) that “the only group of voters that Obama was going to win was the college vote, these young kids who don’t know anything about how the world works.” I told him that there were college kids who knew more now than he would ever know, and that just because someone has the desire to be educated, to be surrounded by viewpoints different than their own does not mean they don’t know what they’re talking about. He asked me how old I was. “22,” I said, “and I don’t need my college diploma to tell me that you’re a racist bigot.” Click.
I’ve had enough of this fucked up culture, of the notion that, because someone was “born in a different time,” that they are somehow forgiven for their ignorance. There should be no more sitting idly by, silently nodding our heads as old timers who have “earned respect” blather on about how minorities aren’t worth a damn and how they’d never vote “one of them” into office. Fuck that. You get the respect you earn, and a mindset like this should put you at zero.
I, for one, can remain silent no longer. I will no longer hide my preference for Obama by putting my buttons into my pockets when I go into a public place. I will not allow people to claim that their race is better than that of another. If these racists, these bigots, these fearmongers have the arrogance to make any more comments within earshot, I will have the decency and intestinal fortitude to let them know where they stand.
P.S. Another post to come in a day or two, focusing on the comments of a prominent local lawyer and his racist editorial in the Big Sandy News. What fun.