Inspiration via RD REVILO:
Notes on the Presidential sElection and America’s racist past
a politician’s colour does matter
The recent Electile Dysfunction posts have made me think about race, and a politician’s colour, in a way that I hadn’t before.
I wanted Obama to win the first time, not just because he was brown skinned, but because of all that it represented. It felt like a victory for morality and common sense when he won. I’m not so sure now that he seems so keen on bombing people, but the original point still stands.
I hadn’t even noticed that Marvin Rees the Labour candidate was black until I saw him on-line when I was googling a bloggable picture. (No TV and black and white free papers does a lot for non-ascertaining perceivers.) He already had my vote by then; but it was a shock to read that he’d be the 1st black European mayor if he’d got in (which he didn’t, so he isn’t).
Really? Is our culture still that stupid?
Police whitewashing of brutality against non-whites is well documented; and football hooligans aren’t expected to have enough working brain cells to question their actions, but modern day politics?
Unless it’s in your face BNP (or politics that are similarly daft and Nazi), I don’t think political racism is something you think about much when you’re English and white. (Do you?)
Why should you? It doesn’t affect you.
But “Evil flourishes when good men do nothing”
– Edmund Burke
and “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter”
– Martin Luther King
Well, this level of ignorance does matter to me, so I’m sharing this post, because it made me stop and think. Hope it does the same for others.
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