POUer MonieTalks calls out the racist double standards and hypocrisy on the issue of gun ownership….
2012 has been a revealing year on so many fronts. But I have to say that my biggest problem with the misplaced anger at PBO over this latest tragedy is that so many of these people are clueless
Let’s be honest, in this country, being a person of color with guns and tied to violence is a built in negative. No question. If you fit that description, you’re a nemesis. If a NRA poster was made of all white men and women with a country background raising guns in air, it would be received positively by a large swath of American..it represents tradition, freedom, American ideals. Now place Black and Latino men and women on that photo, with a more urban background and observers would cringe.
Remember how moose shooting, gun toting Sarah Palin was touted as this down to earth, folksy American woman who revived John McCain’s campaign….so many women (read: white Middle America) could relate to her love of God and guns. She was the All American woman sent to save the day. According to the same media, PBO had made a grave mistake by making the “cling to guns and religion” remark….fellow Democratic candidate Hillary was busy pushing that comment hoping it would hurt the President while Chris Matthews was saying comments like that made him so “different” from mainstream America.
As I speak now, Chris Hayes has a segment entitled “Obama and Guns.” Why Obama and guns?…..does PBO own any? How about white people and guns? Nancy Lanza, an affluent woman described as a decent, socially active woman, owned a large amount of guns ranging from glocks to assault rifles. She took her children to gun ranges from an early age. The media reports this without skipping a beat. Yet if Sheniqua from Chicago took her 2 sons to the range early on, she would have been accused of creating future menaces to society. How dare she instill such violence in young Black men….couple that with rap music and the urban lifestyle and we have our newest thug recruits.
You see, Trayvon Martin can be pursued and then murdered by another citizen (who has his legal right to own a gun, they emphasize)….yet if one picture is uncovered with Trayvon pretending to make guns with his fingers…then, well, maybe Trayvon did have some violent tendencies because he once took a picture in which he wore a grimace on his face and you just can’t do that and not be a thug and Black…… and well, maybe Trayvon did pose a perceived threat to George Zimmerman even though he was not armed nor never had a recorded history of gun possession or obsession.
All these usual whiny (white) progressives, who will use any occasion to accuse the President of being a coward (and this one no different) needs to go no further than their own family and extended friends to examine this white obsession with GUNS and power (as evidenced by Krystal Ball’s meltdown on Friday). If anyone is a coward, it is the many who took to twitter to disparage PBO, but will not look at their grandfather of uncle or the white paranoia that they KNOW exist in their own families. Time and time again, we hear that Black/Latino leaders need to rally and clean up and fix the poor, crime stricken communities (as if we are an insular part of America), since apparently it is not the duty of white politicians as they don’t live in the “hood.”
Well today, I demand of the White politicians and citizens, it is time to fix your mass murderer epidemic. If PBO is a coward, then what does that make all of you as White people continuing to breed and create mass murderers in our society. More white people in this past election voted for Republican candidate Mitt Romney and politicians who have a love affair with gun behemoths like the NRA. Yep, plenty of people went to the polls hoping to elect someone that would cut social programs that feed the poor and elderly, help the least among us….and were fine with that as long as the sanctity of the Second Amendment was maintained. So instead of mocking the President’s tears, white folks have a real discussion about what is going on in your minds. Talk about the land of the free and brave….and mass shootings. PBO already admitted what you cling to….now admit that you do.