A bitch is exhausted, but a three-day holiday weekend should go a long way toward addressing that shit.
Yay for Labor Day!
This bitch is pondering parenting.
I’m not a parent. I don’t play one on t.v. and I’ve never step-parented. But I do have a lot of friends and family who are parents. One of the things that become clear when observing parents is that they have a lot of influence over their chil’ren. As a matter of fact, parents are key influencers…even though it may appear that their chil’ren don’t listen to a damn thing they say.
When a parent takes a stand, their kids take note and attach a lot of weight to whatever it is that parent took a stand on.
So, when parents decided to protest the President of the United States addressing their children as the school year begins they weren’t just sending a message of extreme dislike and illogical distrust to the Obama administration…they weren’t ticking off another to-do on their Ways to Roadblock Health Care Reform list…and they weren’t simply manifesting the particular fear they feel toward anything associated with this President.
When they indulged in this latest public display of fear-based distrust they were teaching their children a lesson.
Now, I’m not one of those folks who are going to poo poo the lesson these parents are teaching. Fantastical fear of the persuasive powers of a liberal President (note - some of us are shocked that he’s still getting branded a liberal after all that moderate behavior) is just one in a long line of fucked up shit some adults pass on to their kids.
I mention this sad happening…that public school districts would decline to air an address to students by the President of the United States of America because folks over-analyzed his prepared remarks and think he’s trying to get his cult on and steal the fragile little minds of their youngins…only because it is a public display of something that mostly happens behind closed doors.
‘Tis a public display of how one generation passes on to a younger generation fear, hatred and ig’nance dressed up as parental concern.
Go ahead and let the knee fly…a bitch hopes some of y’all kick yourselves in the head and knock some sense loose.
Since the election of this nation’s first President of color, Anonymouses have peppered a bitch’s blog with proclamations that racism is over…that bigotry died last November…that this election was a huge culture changing ig’nance curing happening that has rendered my explorations of social injustice un-necessary and dated.
And since the election of this nation’s first President of color, a bitch has witnessed a sharp rise in racist Anonymouses who cling to the language of hate even as they demonstrate its foundation of fear in every comment they make. I have watched the outrageous and ideologically impossible charges made against President Obama…listened to the fantastical conspiracy theories that have been floated…and winced as the mob sank their teeth into the tried and false accusations of communism and socialism that scar my country’s history every time the status quo is challenged.
Then we have this latest “Oh my Gawd, I can’t have this black liberal President talking to my children!!” bullshit.
Here we are facing real challenges and pondering real questions while more than one group of parents is teaching their chil’ren that the President of the United States is a member of The Borg and they mustn’t eat any candy from him lest it be Soylent Green…plus he was born on Mars and is probably a Cylon…oh, and he’s got a death list with Grandma and Paw Paw and the family dog on it too!
These people are the greatest influencers in their children’s lives.
They have the strongest impact on what those kids think.
So, don’t try to tell this bitch that change is easy or that one election changed everything so now everything is fine.
Change is hard and hard won.
My country’s history…and that’s right, this is my motherfucking country too…is riddled with case after case after case of violent resistance to change.
And you can bet your ass those folks from back in the day learned to think that way from…wait for it…their parents.
Behold, yet another example that we are not post-racial...we are not post-bullshit...and we've got miles and miles to go before we get close to being post-ig'nant!
***logs off to prepare list of Labor Day preparedness that will include an exploration of the violent resistance to change in and involving America's labor force***