Ever since Barack Obama was elected president, conservative white people have decried his lack of patriotism. They say he is a socialist. They say he was born in Kenya. They say he is a Muslim. They say he does not believe in American values and American exceptionalism.
Considering that his policies reflect those of former President Clinton and, in many cases, former President Bush, one may only conclude that the reason conservatives feel this way is that he is black.
There are other signs of growing racism in politics and the media.
Fox News Channel has recently questioned the patriotism of a US Olympic gold medalist for not wearing a flag-themed uniform during her performances. (Nevermind that several decades ago it was considered unpatriotic to wear clothing mimicking the American flag.) And, although few of the US athletes have worn clothing of red, white and blue, only one athlete was singled out…Gabby Douglas, the first African-American to win the all-around in Olympic gymnastics competition.
Coincidence? I think not.
Its no more coincidence than the fact that the mass killings in Wisconsin have received relatively little press compared to those in Colorado, Arizona, Texas and West Virginia. Could that be because the victims in Wisconsin were Sikh immigrants from India and other parts of south Asia?