This image disturbed me, as does being compelled to write about racism in 2012. Born in the integrated south of 1967, segregation was ingrained as part of the past, yet vestiges of ethnocentrism remained. Growing up attending public schools witnessed those remnants diminish until considering racial discrimination truly abolished, at least in terms of geography. So it stung on the night of this Presidential election when the results in southern states were quickly announced and, early into “The Daily Show” at 11 pm, Jon Stewart commented Mitt Romney had “won most of the confederacy”. My sense of humor prevailed and conceded to laughter.
In one GA district congressman Paul Broun, famous for denouncing evolution, ran unopposed, but did at least receive 4,000+ write-in oppositions for Charles Darwin. This indicates ignorance as much as hatred underlies the electorate. It is the rural districts in Georgia that propagate the misconception the region is unabashedly red. The south is more accurately purple. It is the electoral college that is outdated.
Yet in my lifetime it has taken a white, southern candidate (Carter and Clinton) to win the democratic nomination for Georgia. Racism is ultimately buried in that reality. To help expunge the distaste admitting this, at least the sexist Todd Akin was defeated in Missouri. To conclude on an even more positive note, New Hampshire, leaps and bounds ahead of the the rest of America, elected a woman governor and all female members to congress. Perhaps by 2016 the lines between red and blue, black and white, male and female won’t be so obvious.
“And not until your whole generation has lain down and died will the dead weight of you be off our backs!”
– Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, 1967