by Mr. Universe
“The Other” (Fear of a Non-White Planet)
Obama’s presidency has brought out the ugly in American politics. It was historical; it was transformational to millions of Americans, yet it has become problematic for others. A black man as president. Sounded great in theory but reprehensible in reality. It couldn’t be taken seriously. I mean, c’mon. A brother with a finger on the nuclear button? Shouldn’t we have some crusty old white guy in that position? We always had that until now. But now that you mention it, the old white guys haven’t always done an impeccable job, have they? They’ve come close to total annihilation on a couple of occasions.
White people seem to have a bit of a purity complex. They think they own the place. They have a sense of entitlement that makes the presumption that white is right. Trouble is, they’re being outbred. African Americans, and Latino Americans are catching up with them. Even Muslim Americans are beginning to outpace them.Their ‘Leave it to Beaver’ world is an illusion that is rapidly fading. (full disclosure: I’m white, non-Christian, and campaigned hard for Obama in 2008).
The latest permutation of this entitlement is ‘Islamophobia’; a fear of all things Muslim. The media isn’t helping either.They were falling all over themselves to whip the world into a frenzy over the dude in Florida who threatened to burn Qu’rans. Newt Gingrich has some kind of a movie or PSA out about it now. A sort of snuff film using 9/11 footage to stir up anti-Islamic fear. ‘These people aren’t like you’ is the underlying message. ‘Be afraid’.
I’m a little tired of the message of fear. I don’t reallywant to live in a world like that. I’ve met Muslims and they’re not all that scary. Aside from a penchant for foot washing they seem to foster all the same beliefs of other religions. Love thy neighbour, don’t be an asshole, do good stuff, etc. What’s to be afraid of?
I’m actually more afraid of Christian fundamentalists. Such a religion of absolutes. Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour or burn in hell for all eternity. Oh, and we have the Bomb; keep that in mind. Reminds me a little of Dr. Strangelove.