Every morning, before the start of the school day, a student in a city, whose majority population is African American, goes out to his high school's flag pole and does what has always been done at this school for the past 100+ years: he raises the American flag.It really makes me upset that this happened to one of the students at the school I work at. I'm sure the president-elect would not approve of such behavior. I would love to makes some comments about this experience, but I am a bit tired. So I will just leave it at: no one ever said the fight for christian unity was going to be easy.
Except this morning it was the day after the presidential elections, and America had its first black president (or so how the media is portraying it). The older generations would refer to this man as a mulatto: a person of mixed black and white ancestry. The younger generations don't know exactly what that means, but the older people do. To the older generations a mulatto wasn't white, and he wasn't black either and was often shunned by both ethnicities. He was exactly what he was: a mulatto. One might see within this man -- our new president of mixed race -- the apex of the American melting pot, and what better person to represent American culture than one who is culturally mixed? Nay, the media misses this point. With one foot in two camps the media failed to find him white enough to be mixed but still dark enough to pass as being African American: as if the sole identity of a person lies only skin deep.
On this morning following the presidential election, the student goes to the street corner, clips the flag to it's rope, and begins to raise the American flag. At this time a school bus filled solely with African American students drives by on its usually route. With American flag en route to its' daily resting place, a number of students riding the passing buss hang out the window and start yelling, "F**K YOU WHITEY! WE GOTTA BLACK MAN IN CHARGE!" and "WE GOTTA N*G*A IN DA WHITE HOUSE B***H!" These taunts and jeers, and other like them, continued until the bus was out of ear shot. Confused by what just happened the student finished raising the American flag and goes into the school building trying to make sense of this experience.
Saturday, November 08, 2008
The Race Card: Will a Obama Ease Racial Tensions?
A TRUE STORY: