In 2008, when Sen. Barack Obama was elected as our first African-American president, it was said that we are in a post-racial society. The fact is that we are far from it. Since President Obama’s election, we’ve seen the emergence of the tea party and a U.S. congressman holler out, “You lie!” to the president while he was delivering a State of the Union speech. We’ve seen a governor point her finger in the face of the president of the United States when he visited the state of Arizona.
We’ve also seen unarmed blacks get gunned down or beaten by police or neighborhood watchmen. It is time for the nation to engage in a serious discussion about race. Racism seems to be on the rise since 2008. It was evident that having an African-American president would be a problem when the morning after the 2008 election there was a noose hanging in the break room of the company where I am employed.
Somehow we have got to learn to accept that this is a nation that is changing and becoming more diverse. There is no supreme race, there’s the human race, and we must learn to live together before we fall apart. We must learn to work together despite our disagreements, because this is the only way that we will grow. I am reminded of the proverb, “United we stand, divided we fall.”
Let’s learn how to be the United States again.
Victor L. Rodgers