- Faith & Family
As we watched the election results last Tuesday night with bated breath, the division that exists in this State and the U.S. become sadly apparent. On the one hand, there were those who were elated over the successful re-election of President Barack Obama — optimistic, euphoric and ready for another four years. Then there were those who were in mourning over the “unexpected” loss of businessman and former governor Mitt Romney. In fact, since the election, we’ve even heard talk of more than a dozen states, led by Texas, that say they want to secede from the United States.
Obama even won the State of Florida although it took an unbelievable four days for the final numbers to be posted by elections personnel. So while the margin of victory may not have been particularly large, in a democracy what matters most is not if you win big but that you win. And Obama did win. Perhaps that was the easy part because now as Republican supporters and political analysts remind us, we still have a very fractured country. So much so, that they are talking about forming their own country.
It’s all clearly rhetoric right? Maybe it’s just sore losers hoping for another opportunity to vent their anger and disappointment. More likely it’s the next step for those who adhere to the philosophy of the Tea Party and other ultra-conservatives who promised when Obama was first elected that their sole mission was to make sure he did not get a second term in the White House.
The elephant in the room is no mystery. Citizens in this country are at odds because the White House has a Black resident. Racism has been the psychological illness from which this country has suffered for hundreds of years. It has changed its face and the methods of racists bent on maintaining white privilege have changed and evolved. But at the end of the day, what we face in this country is not differences over class, gender or religion. As enlightened as we profess to be, our country is still saddled by a two-party system that has this country polarized.
On the morning following the election, Obama said that the U.S. is “more than a collection of red states and blue states.” But we believe he was being hopeful amidst a sea of skeptics. The awful truth is that we are a collection of whites and “coloreds” where race still matters.