I'm doing something I don't normally do, but because of what's going on in my mind, I needed to get this done before anything else.
Normally, I check my emails, then I read through some blogs before I make my entry for the day.
Not so today.
I dealt with something that has pissed me off so badly, that I needed to get it aired out, and see what you all think.
Last night, we set a new precedent.
We now have an African-American President-Elect.
Me? I'm all for it.
I really hope that he's able to follow through with all of the campaign jargon that he was able to spit out, and not just blow hot air up our collective asses.
I'm not really expecting him to follow through more than any other president we've had, but then again, maybe he'll surprise me!
What really bothered me is this:
My wife's youngest neice has a MySpace account, and we check on her every so often, just to make sure that she's not putting stuff on there that could get her in trouble.
Last night, there was an update stating "The only reason Obama's ahead is because the white folks haven't gotten off work yet".
I had to do a double-take of this.
Then I had to stop and think where she'd be.
I figured it out. She was at her dad's house.
Now, her dad is a hard-working man, but he's also a lying, cheating, racist bigot.
It was very sad to see that his attitude was focused not only on what was happening with the election, but was also severely influencing his daughter.
Once it had been determined that Obama was going to win, there was a new update put on my neice's page..
It read: "Obama might have won, but he'll never live to get into office. When that happens, I'll laugh"
That straw broke the camel's back. My wife called her, and proceeded to chew her butt.
In the background, however, you could hear her dad ranting and raving over having the "N-word" president screw this country over.
I don't know about you, but this nearly sent me over the edge!
I believe in freedom of speech, and the right to bear arms.
I believe that each and every person has the right to vote for who and what he believes in.
I also know that there are racist folks, not only whites, but blacks, hispanics, indians, etc.
I also know that there are more racist than non-racist people in this world right now, and that really bothers me.
I mean, what good is it going to be if we try to claim our independence, but limit ourselves to just going through the motions?
It's like saying that we can cook, but only if someone else does it for us.
Why pawn off the hatred and ire onto your kids?
I might not like some of the things that Obama stands for, but I still believe that he can do a passable job, if given the chance. I intend to give him that chance.
Others have made it clear that they don't want to even see the option, let alone the chance.
Don't foist your beliefs and hatred onto your kids. Let them decide for themselves what is right and wrong. Let them make their own choices for their behavior and responses to race.
Me? I talk with my kids, and I let them know what I believe. I have also told them that they can choose how to act with others. But I caution them NOT to look solely at skin color, but at the person they are first and foremost.
Why do I say this?
Because I myself am of a mixed heritage.
I'm American Indian, German, and Swedish. Now, the white supremacists would applaud my white heritage, while denouncing my American Indian bloodline.
Me? I like the history that is entailed in each bloodline I have.
However, I've also been belittled by some American Indians because of my "white man" mixed blood, and been kicked out of meetings and gatherings by these same folks that I can claim a common bond with.
Thus, I tell my kids to look at the person, and not the color.
Judge someone by their actions, not by race.
Give them a chance, and if hey throw that chance into your face, then you can decide for yourself whether or not they deserve to be where they are.
I intend to give Barack Obama a chance.
He's earned it in my book.
But I don't like hearing the sinister rumblings from small-minded bigots who think that because they're white, they have the final say in what happens in this country.
To be honest, white people are in the minority anymore, and they better start thinking like this, or they're going to get us all in a LOT of trouble, and soon.
God help us if they do something stupid.