Sunday, March 14, 2010

Not Bashful Being a Racist

Racist are in many American Cities and Towns...It is time to CALL THEM OUT when they reveal themselves in a city or town near you.

Besides living with Multiple Sclerosis, I live in a town that has a reputation of being racist. I am the first to say when the military moved my family to Millington TN in 1995; I thought I was in the twilight zone. I hated the small town outside the Mid-South Navy Support Activity with a passion in the first two years living in Tennessee. I hated it so much I threaten to divorce my husband because I wanted to leave this small southern town that was twenty-two miles away from where Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated.

The fact of the matter is Millington deserved its reputation. However, I am a person who will confront racism and a bigot head on. I had to confront it with bigot teachers working for the Shelby County School System in Millington who tried to use the stroke of their pen to ruin my daughters' lives. I had to confront it with bigots who held supervisory positions during my employment on the Naval Base. I had to confront it with local bigot store owners. I had to confront it with bigots in my local government officials.

One would think confronting racism against me or one of my children in Millington that I would high tail my family out of Tennessee when my husband retired from the Military in 2000. I promise you my intention was to get the he** out of Tennessee when my husband retired. Obviously, there is truth to Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, but I am just going to quote verse one here "To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven."

I would be lying to say Millington is the same city it was when my family and I first moved here. Yes, Millington still has a short way to go, just like America has a long way to go. In reality, Millington is a diamond in the rough. There are more people who lived here all their lives and people like myself who have made Millington their home that are against RACISICM and BIGOTS. The bigots in this town are the minority just as they are the minority in the United States. If that was not so Barack Obama would not be President today.

When a cockroach of a person is cornered or feel they are losing control, they will do whatever it takes to get out of that corner and take back control. That is what the racist in America are doing now. They are no longer hiding their faces; today they are proud to wear their hatred as a badge of honor. It is disheartening to be hated because of the color of your skin, but I for one will not allow the ignorance of a few have me believe that of all. I will continue to fight against it head on. This post is because of a racist Millington business man who called the 44th President of the Unite States "A Fucking Nigger".

I prefer a racist showing their face...Thanks Ackerman for removing your hood and not being bashful about being a racist. It is difficult to tell who all of you are unless you openly admit it. Now that your hood is removed you have made easier exposing some more of you in Millington. An anonymous commenter said it best at Mediaverse when he or she quoted W.E.B. DuBois, "The ultimate evil in this world is ignorance. Its child is stupidity!"

Finally here is a quote from me in reference to the likes of Ackerman by C.S. Lewis “Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.


Black Diaspora said...

I like your courage. If racists have been hiding before, they won't be now, especially when they have a black president to blame for the economic downturn, rather than the true culprits: Bush and the Republican Party.

There's a part of me that wish that McCain and Palin had won the White House.

Not only would the country be in a depression now, we'd be storming the shores of Iran, and extending our stay in Iraq.

President Obama is more than many in this country deserve.

Yet, I mustn't allow my good sense to falter, and resolve to work for what is best for all the people of this country.

Blinders Off said...

There's a part of me that wish that McCain and Palin had won the White House.

Not only would the country be in a depression now, we'd be storming the shores of Iran, and extending our stay in Iraq.


Diane J Standiford said...

At first I was angry about the Obama backlash, but then I realized---hey, this is a GOOD thing---it is exposing the bigots. I wish more people had your courage to stand against racism in places where it breeds. You are my hero.

Blinders Off said...

To keep silent against people like that is what hurt cities, towns, and this country.

"I've always found that courage comes from remembering that we fight for something and someone beyond ourselves. It comes from our faith. And it comes from our commitment to those we love." ~ President Obama

I am not a hero, the real heroes are the people who first began to progress this country forward. I do not want their work to be in vain, which is why people have to continue to stand up against all forms of racism and bigotry if this country is going to survive.

Have Myelin? said...

I don't like Obama because he is Obama. That doesn't make me racist. If we're going to dissect Obama by race, one of his parents is as white as mine. So what. I still don't like Obama because of his views. I don't like anyone in Congress for that matter!

It reminds me of when I was in San Antonio, TX. I was about 14-15 years old (back in the 60's) and had to identify someone's race to the cop. We had just moved there only 3-4 days prior. Keep in mind San Antonio is mostly hispanic.

The policeman's question was something like "Was he white, hispanic, black or other?" and I said "What does hispanic mean?" I was serious.

The policeman was very offended. He thought I was a fool, a racist, and that I was making fun of him because he was hispanic. My dad was there and told me what "hispanic" meant. I am sure I got the white man's version.

The cop's reaction made me scared of hispanics for a long time (but not other races) because I thought they hated me for not noticing the "hispanic race" until I became older. LOL.

Just a childhood story to share!

Blinders Off said...


Thanks for sharing your story. I respect the fact that you do not like President Obama because of his policy. My problem is with the people who dislike him because of the color of his skin. I personally have a problem with all people who dislike others because of their race.