As a white person, I’m sick of the white hate being directed at President Barack Obama. It’s indecent, and I’m not going to be silent in the face of it.
Aaron Wiener of the Washington Independent notices that the far right march on Washington today basically consisted of like, well, all white people erecting their hate on Barack Obama:
The turnout to today’s Tea Party was indisputably high — likely in the hundreds of thousands (though organizers claimed it reached 1.5 million). But racially diverse it was not. And according to Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), that’s the fault of the event’s timing and the media coverage. “If anyone does a fair analysis of the crowd, it’s a cross-section of the population,” he said in a phone interview. I agreed that it was a geographically and economically diverse crowd, but I mentioned that the protesters were at least 99 percent white — in fact, in my four-plus hours at the event, I’d only seen three African-American demonstrators.
And some of the signs and flags being carried conveyed racial hatred, projective paranoia, and general maliciousness and hysteria.
I’m a white person and I love Barack Obama. I’ll say it loud: I’m white and I’m proud to be a supporter of Barack Obama. The people in those streets carrying racist and fanatical signs and flags do not represent me. When I see Barack Obama, I see the hope represented in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and I wish him more than well. I wish him success and a long and happy life. He represents what’s best about my country, and I want him to go down in history as a great man.
This blog post is my counter-protest to those racial haters and xenophobes on the streets of Washington today. I respect the protesters’ right to protest, and I believe that their grievances and fears should be heard, and I want them to exercise their rights. But here at this blog I’m going to have my say too. Barack Obama represents extended human brotherhood and the expansion of human dignity and freedom in the world (not its reduction). The Rush Limbaugh right does not speak for me, and it is treating a good man badly and unjustly, and I’m angry about it.