I’m sure it’s happened elsewhere but I’ve noticed this about family via my facebook feed. Obama isn’t getting attacked because of his appointing ex lobbiests to positions of oversight, shutting down freedom of information act requests to the whitehouse, snowden, drones, and all.
It’s more: OH MAH GAUD HE PUT HIS HAND ON HIS NON-HEART SIDE! HE’S FROM KENYA! HE’S PUSHING A MUSLIM AGENDA! HE DIDN’T SALUTE THE TROOPS! HE’S THE ANTICHRIST!
I mean, really now? I don’t like the guy for a lot of things he’s done but… I remember back when Myspace was a thing people going on about how Obama is the Antichrist the bible says so. Then me proceeding to grab nearest bible and slam it in their laps ‘show me where it says this.’ Then getting a go to hell look.
My family, at the very least, aren’t racists… OK I’m pretty sure they may be, but there’s plenty of exceptions (I guess you could lump it under the ‘hey I’ve got a black friend’ defense.) It’s just…
wtf? To everyone that came of age before the bush II election cycle was it always like this where the republicans will sit and just chew and claw at a democrat based on little niggly things rather than matters of policy and appointment? It leaves me confused and hurt that otherwise very responsible level headed people just go full on stupid and buy into the facebook garbage posts and I’m trying to figure out why this is so beyond ‘oh they’re racist’ and moving on. that seems like too neat an answer to the problem and it also feels like I would be buying into the same divisiveness they do.
I want to understand why this is a problem and try finding ways, if not to solve it, at least to not get twisted in knots over the next 'you wanna hear what i just read about how your favorite bestest buddy Osam-0obama did HW HAD A BEER IN THE WHITEHOUSE ON SUNDAY!
I don’t want ‘herp derp they’re inbred racist idiots.’ I don’t want bashing please. Bashing won’t fix this. I’m looking for discussion, not demolition.