posted on Nov, 6 2012 @ 09:44 AM
Good morning ATS and happy election day!
I've just had a bit of personal shell shock...
One of my FB friends is a woman I dated about a decade ago. Since she and I broke up, she has gotten way, way, way involved in World Changers
Ministry - the church of TV evangelist Creflo Dollar. There is a still a great deal of segregation in the south - and churches are one of the
institutions that still remain as racially divided as they were 100 years ago. It can create some tense and uncomfortable situations when discussed.
For example - over the past decade when I've tried to convince this particular ex that her church is nothing more than a god based pyramid / tithe
scheme. She replies with the party line: "You hate black people. That's all it is. You're a closet racist."
She, for the record, is as white as white can be.
I've become accustomed to this BS and don't put much thought into it. Those who don't live in the south may not understand it - but it really is
still a tender subject here and one that segments of the population ( on both sides ) still enjoy poking with the proverbial stick. Normally I just
ignore the stupidity. This morning, however, I am a bit unsettled.
This particular ex began posting FB status updates about voting very, very early this morning. Almost all of them with a racial message or undertone.
"I'm voting with my heart - not my skin color. Jesus would expect no less."
"Our communities survival depends upon the right man winning today! Don't let them silence our voices again!
And then the pictures from the polling place appeared.
My ex lives in her parents house. They are fairly wealthy and live in a neighborhood where the only person of color is an Indian doctor and his doctor
wife. This is something that the ex's father is quick to brag about - how "nice" his neighborhood is.
So, why then, is the ex posting pictures from a polling place somewhere deep in the inner city? Pictures of a huge crowd where not a single Caucasian
can be seen??? She's even going out of her way to post pictures of black people, posing for her, with statements like "My voting buddy. JESUS
What the Hell does that mean???
For what it's worth the reason I am still friends with my ex is that she is one of the sweetest human beings you could want to know. I don't want to
paint her as some mouth breathing hillbilly - because she really is not. She's smart. Sure, the fact that she's nearly 40 and has spent her entire
life under her parents roof is a bit strange. But I don't spite her for that. She could never make enough money, on her own, to have that sort of
lifestyle if she lived elsewhere. Even with two kids of her own, she still lives the life of a teenager. Her parents support her kids, and her,
utterly and outright. Her own income - which would qualify her as middle classed - is all hers. Like being a teenager with sixty grand per year in
allowance. Her bills are all paid by her parents.
Maybe this spoiled rotten reality is where her apparent racial guilt comes from. I don't know.
I am not wealthy - and when I go out to vote in a few minutes I will find myself in a racially mixed environment. That is the demographic of the
neighborhood I live in. Probably about 70% black, 20% white, and 10% other. That is what I'll expect to see - just like I would see if I went to the
grocery store or gas station.
But I won't be taking cell phone pictures of the other people in line, posting them to FB, and making strange race based comments. I won't be voting
based upon the color of anybodies skin - including my own. I will be voting for the candidate who best personifies my own sense of what a society
should be. I am not a social conservative so the answer is pretty simple. I'll vote Democrat. That's nothing I haven't said before. But my decision
would be the same regardless of what color Obama is or is not.
For a very long time I have not been able to fathom the conservatives cries of white guilt benefiting Obama. The argument, to me, seemed too base and
simplistic for me to believe in. People, I thought, were brighter than that - even the dumb ones. Who would risk their future just to appease a guilt
over something that their great, great, great grandparents were involved with?
Now I am here to eat a bit of humble pie. I've now seen it happen. First hand.
As you go out to vote ATS - please base your decision on something more relevant than the color of a persons skin. We should be 150 years past this
being an issue. The fact that we apparently are not has disturbed me greatly this morning.
This is just shameful to me. How can people be so petty?
I realize that I've tabled the race issue here and I understand that people will want to discuss it. I do ask that it be done in a tasteful manner
and without hate. Thanks.