One of the presidential candidates in the upcoming US presidential elections is "black" (despite the fact he's half white).
Congratulations on the US for setting this historical precedent for themselves (although most of the planet is wondering what the big deal is -i.e.
it's about time - same reaction if it had been a woman).
Now, without meaning to insult the entire US portion of the membership, I'll just say that the perception
of many people outside the US
(including myself) is that the United States is an extremely racist and violent (gun loving) place in some areas
. Witness the Rodney King
episode, the existence of the KKK, organizations like Stormfront, fiery rhetoric by preachers and ministers on both "sides" and many statistics like
those on prison populations etc.
You have to admit that the US has deep divisions along racial lines (the leftovers of everything from slavery to Jim Crow, MLK's assassination and
Rodney King) and these are about to surface IMO.
We were in for a History making moment no matter who won the democratic nomination this time around but in my humble opinion we are about to see the
United States tested in a way it has not been tested since MLK's assasination.
To me this US election season will bring out either the best in people and the US will leap forward in an enlightened manner to finally purge the
ghosts of slavery or it will bring out the worst in people and tear the country apart along racial lines.
I have personally noticed an uptick in what I would call "black haters" or racists coming to post on ATS. Some have been outright haters but others
are trying to be more subtle by asking "innocent" questions and egging on a heated debate.
In past US election cycles (always a "special" time on ATS
) we had the great divide of red/blue, left/right, liberal/conservative but this
time there is the race factor. In fact, they can disguise themselves as "liberal haters" when really what they object to is a "black"
I fear what could become of ATS if this gets out of control.
So I ask the membership (I'm speaking for myself here not the staff), do I have reason to worry?
Am I wrong in thinking that... "the black haters are coming"... "the black haters are coming"... ?
Will my beloved ATS be a victim in this US election cycle?