Captain’s Log 6,154
It’s been a long road for President Obama.
“When is this shit over?” he asks with a weary heart.
I don’t know how he has kept it together all this time. I can only imagine how much he is looking forward to the days when he can lounge around the house for an entire day, read, drink coffee, putter around in the yard.
I have never seen a President so reviled, hated, attacked, thwarted. I used to argue that it was the color of his skin, and people rebuked me. “America isn’t racist, Paula!”
Oh really? When did that change? When we have the front runner of the Republican party running around calling Mexicans rapists, beating the shit out of black protesters, etc. How can they honestly say our country isn’t racist? With the rise of the white supremacy movement and the KKK, how can they say that?
This country is so fookin’ racist it makes my head spin. I live in San Diego – just 18 miles from the Mexican border. So guess what? There are a lot of Mexican people living in my city. Over half of my staff is Hispanic. I HIRE BROWN PEOPLE! I pay them well. I am jealous of their language skills. They are good people.
I am beginning to understand how many people out there don’t get involved. As long as what is happening doesn’t affect them, they just go about their business. They would never attend a rally, support political change, post anything remotely controversial on Facebook, or make noise. They don’t ever get into the trenches with “those people.” They hold their white privilege cards and just wait it out. Heaven forbid they should be part of the force that actually changes anything. Heaven forbid they should rub shoulders with rascals and troublemakers.
I, for one, am jazzed to see people in the streets again. That’s what our political process is all about. It’s not about sitting down to drink tea from an elegant cup. It’s about creating a world that is fair and just for everyone. I stand with those who work for justice. I stand with Obama. JFK lit this fire in my soul in 1960 and it has never gone out. Never.