So Rick Perry occasionally leases a plot of land that was once known as "Niggerhead" and had the word written on a rock. Apparently to some this is proof that he's "racist" or, if you ask black racists like Samuel L. Jackson, proof that the entire Tea Party is racist.
I was going to write a long post* about all of the recent race issues and claims of "racism" running rampant in the media and political dialogue these days, but I'm honestly just sick and tired of hearing about it. I'm sick and tired of everything being racially charged. I'm sick and tired of "racism" being used as a political bludgeon by the Left. More than anything I'm disappointed that in this new age of our first black President this country can't have anything even resembling an honest, open discussion on race or any race-based issue.
Is this what Martin Luther King would have wanted? A hyperpolarization of racial issues and outright dismissal of the novel idea that we should look at our fellow Americans based upon their character and not their skin color.
Looking at the political dialogue it seems to me that this country is more racially divided and racially sensitive than we were before Obama's post-racial age. I see wild accusations of racism and uncle-tomism being thrown around. I see people immediately being offended, crying "racism" and failing to intelligently evaluate statements on their merits. I see race and racism consistently being used as a political tool. What I don't see are any attempts to have calm, rational discussions on race in this country. More than anything that just makes me sad and not particularly hopeful for better race relations in America moving forward.
Race doesn't matter, or at least it shouldn't matter. We insist on making it matter, on unnecessarily inflating it into something it is not, and we place too much emphasis on racial identity. As long as we continue to do that we will never get past race and realize Dr. King's vision for this country.
And for the record, I wouldn't vote for Obama or any politician like him, whether they were white, black, purple or rainbow colored.
*and would ya look at that, this post turned out fairly long in its own right.