Literally as I write this piece today police are on a manhunt in Tulsa, Oklahoma for a white man who is accused of killing five black men. And apparently Neo Nazis are now patrolling in a city in Florida.
This could be chalked up, I suppose, as reaction from some Americans in the face of the New Black Panther Party’s bounty on George Zimmerman and the rhetoric that has followed. The sad fact is that when bounties are declared, addresses are tweeted, Neo Nazis go on patrol and men go on shooting rampages, the only ones who triumph are the people placing bounties, being Nazis and Tweeting inflammatory information.
Those who crave power and those who wish to keep power know that race can be a very effective tool in rallying people to their flag. Angry people become followers of would-be despots of every stripe.
The longer I am in the media, the less I trust the media because I know that as these latest pieces of news make their way across Sound Bite Nation, they will be used in such a way that we will trust one another a little less. Witness NBC’s doctoring of the George Zimmerman’s 9-11 call as just such an example.
Those who wish to control us do not want us to talk to one another. They do not want us to see beyond color, beyond national origin, beyond income, beyond anything that is divisive.
The people inflaming the OWS crowd will never let anyone impart the idea to them that conservatives don’t want people to be poor any more than anyone else does; we just see another means of achieving solvency and security. It is a view that allows the individual to achieve greatness on his or her own.
The conservatives I know could care less if someone is gay-they’re too worried about holding on to their jobs and finding enough money to keep food on the table and gas in the car. The conservatives I know don’t hate blacks, and they don’t hate Mexicans.
They worry about the drain on social services and they worry about tax credits to people who pay no taxes, but they are just as worried about white people who do the same thing.
The conservatives I know feel that people should be able to worship whoever they want, however they want, but don’t like the idea of Christianity being attacked on a monthly basis.