My brother sent me a video that is making its rounds today. It's a Snoop Dogg video that has been modified to add a slide to the beginning ("Air Force One") and a slide to the end ("Go Obama!"). I suppose these two slides are supposed to make it less racist to have a video floating about that shows black men flying a purple plane equipped with hydraulics, a tape deck, and an all black crew.
I responded to him with an uncomfortable, "It's kind of funny, but it's racist." He disagreed. Because it was a Snoop Dogg video, he asserted that it wasn't racist. I told him that I couldn't imagine our President-Elect jiving and rapping, and that I didn't like the insinuation that a black president needed a purple plane with hydraulic shocks. It goes back to the racism I dealt with growing up in the South. I always knew it was wrong, but I had no choice but to live with it.
My blog-buddy Brian recently wrote about something he saw written on the bathroom wall. It was horrible, and he had the maintenance guy take it down. I just kept wondering why we have such horrible racism in this country - STILL.
And my brother just doesn't get it. This isn't the first racist email he's sent me in the last week, but he saw neither one of them as racist. The political diatribes have been replaced with "funny" racial emails. I think the racists are coming out of the woodwork right now because their "values" are being challenged. They might have to admit that a black man is as capable of being president as anyone else. Who knows what they'll do when they have their first Hispanic president. I can hear it now...
So does it become racism only when it's directed at you by another group of people? Or is it always racism? Personally, I think it's racism even when you're doing it to "your own kind," but I can no more stop that than I can stop the emails from being forwarded. All I can do is press delete and not let the pollution pass through my hands. When will we all realize that we are all one? We are all the human race.
Peace - D