Monday, December 08, 2008

Ignorance is an unfortunate-sad state of being

so with the election of the first African American president, we have heard many stories of hate crimes and the like happening...we have heard of many people suing the state and local governments claiming that Obama isn't a "natural born citizen" of the United States, including an argument being heard this past weekend by the supreme court of the land (although after doing some research and listening to a couple of legal scholars, its seems the reason Clearance Thomas even allowed it to be heard was so that it would DENIED and done and over with period the end...)

but when a hate crime happens to you or to someone that you love it takes ignorance to an entirely different level and state of being...

my younger cousin, just moved here from Chicago mid-October, she got a GREAT job with one of the top firms in the country in Montgomery County MD...I totally recommended that she move up near her job (I-270) because traffic in the DMV area is ROUGH especially on that side of town...so she did...she moved to a very nice area in Rockville (edge of Germantown)...now my cousin is SHARP, not even 24 already has a Master's degree and is doing very well for herself...she isn't a flashy person, but she maintains and does well for herself

so when she called me yesterday morning to tell me that she walked outside of her apartment to see this:



if you can't read it, it says: NIGGER, fuck OBAMA

let's just say i was shocked, but not really...although her car wasn't the only one written on, it was the only one with a racial slur and vulgar language

when the police officer got to her house, he didn't know what or how to classify the "crime" (i personally think because who wants to have statistics of being a county with a hate crime) i informed her to tell him nicely, its a HATE CRIME period!

...so i got up pulled myself together and made my way up the road...initially she didn't really want to be bothered which you can understand but then she wanted me there so i went...we didn't do anything but just sit around but having family there i think mattered...here she is 45 minutes away from the closets person to her...she totally thinks its someone who lives in her building because how would they know to write the word "nigger" on her car if they didn't know she was black...true she has Illinois tags but that doesn't mean anything in terms of her race...

...what is amazing is they don't know if she was a Democrat or a republican if she voted for president-elect Obama or not, it was just assumed that since she was black she did...here is the real deal people, with the black vote alone President-elect Obama would NOT have won the race...that's just based on pure numbers...

so here is the deal folks...

its also important to remember that the word NIGGER, NIGGA whatever has NO place in any vocabulary that is why i don't use it...period! its a deplorable word...

the point of the matter is, as happy as i am with this historic victory...something inside me wouldn't let me believe that we were ALL UNITED for one common cause...but that we still have a lot to build...we still have to learn that people are human beings FIRST and its important to always remember that...ignorance begets ignorance...so let's stop and think before we do, say, or touch and harm someone else...

6 comments:

Monique said...

That is so awful. I hate that your cousin and even you are having to go through that. You would think and hope times would start to look up, but I think we may have to encounter yet another dark period before seeing the light.

miKeSee said...

That's messed up.

rawdawgbuffalo said...

we shold confront it as our parents did who had dogs sicked on the beat by racist and water4 hose - but we scared

Daneger said...

That's crazy. I am actually surprised at that in Rockville because the population out there is so diverse with a lot of asian and hispanics in Silver Spring and Rockville especially.

PreciousGem-Refinement in Progress said...

So sad...I always wonder about people, like what is the motivation??!!

T.C. said...

it is really messed up...Rockville/Germantown is where she stays and that's still pretty NOT diverse, not as diverse as other places in the DMV...i also wonder about people's motivation...like what would make you want to hurt someone in that way...PLUS why touch my property, like if you want to step to me that's one thing but doing something like this is another...and you are right all-mi-t we do have to be strong and stand up but you can't stand up to a coward and then on top of that she is living by herself that's her personal and physical safety its just sad