I get that those who didn't vote for Barack Obama are disappointed -- even angry -- that Mitt Romney lost. But making yourself look like a racist asshole doesn't exactly make your party look good. On election night, when Obama won, I saw some hateful things in my Facebook feed, like the friend from the South who went on about Obama and the "Muslim Brotherhood." (Oh puhleeeeeze.) A research group laid out a map of racist tweets -- some calling the president "monkey" and crap like that -- and they mostly came from the Southeast. And on election night, the University of Mississippi held a candlelight vigil for the loss of the presidency, in which 400 students "mourned," and reportedly racial slurs were hurled. The same night, about 40 students at a school in Virginia reportedly threw bottles and racial epithets outside of the minority student union. A Texas GOP official called Obama-voters "maggots." Southerners, listen up, you're beginning to look disgusting.
Luckily, there are many in the South who abhor this kind of BS, and the night after the election night protests at Ole Miss, even more students showed up in a counterprotest, wanting "respect and dignity" for everyone (even Obama!).
If you don't like Obama's policies, hey, power to you. If you disagree with his stances, I agree with your right to disagree. But when you bring in nasty racist comments, calling our president things I can't even repeat here, then you are just proving one thing -- that whatever party and policies you support should never make it to our highest office ever again. Because those of us who are educated, intelligent, and tolerant of other races, religions, and beliefs are NEVER going back to that time when this country was not about that. Got it?
More than half the country wasn't happy when Bush won (Al Gore had the popular vote, 'memba?!). And yet I don't recall Democrats hurling this kind of vitriol at the man who took office. That was certainly a much closer election -- and with much more sketchy results. Yet, I was very proud when, as a country, we all pulled together and said, "This is about America. Americans. Not Democrat or Republican." And it's certainly NOT about black and white. Those who want to make it that way will always lose. Always.
Enlightenment, compassion, intelligence, tolerance, and understanding always win out over fear, bigotry, racism, oppression, and all general bullshit. To those in the South who are embarrassed by this kind of nonsense: I'm embarrassed with you. To those who are not, you've lost. And you'll continue to lose -- because you're just doomed to be an angry, bitter, hard-hearted person. In other words, a big loser.
What do you think of the racism in this election?
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