America, Take Two Terms and Call me in the Morning by M. Pitter

After the closely fought race for the presidency, shifty and serious all the way through, Mr. Barack Hussein Obama has been re-elected as the President of the United States of America. People everywhere rejoiced, heavily clad in an armor of Obama pins and stickers, smiling, racing to Facebook to type into their statuses:________!! Bars were filled with cheers, jubilations and clinks: ‘Cheers. To the next four years’. With all this happiness and celebration also comes that bitter anger perspiring into a deep hatred aimed at the current lead bureaucrat.

Photo taken at a Shell gas station on Bay Meadows Road in Jacksonville, Florida.

This photo went viral. It was taken during the last days of the presidential campaign. Of course, common knowledge reminds us that racism still exists. This is surely granted. We may remember the shenanigans during the 2008 campaign at the Sarah Palin rallies where the current president was represented by nothing more than a stuffed animal monkey. And who knows the endless other ways this man has been disparaged.

So while something like this is basically normal, how about considering the notion that this country is seriously divided in the sense that we may be due for another civil war! in which there are two sides that haven’t a tidbit of tolerance to wake up next to the other.

After the Old Civil War, black/white relations exploded so bloodily. From 1865 to 1965, there was a holocaust upon the blacks in America where men, women and children were lynched, burned, castrated, shot and tortured out of whim, all to keep social hierarchy in solid order. It wasn’t done solely by the KKK; sheriffs, farmers, preachers, family men, common people contributed to the horror. The ‘order’ of institutionalized black inferiority was the The Way from about the 1500s to 1865 and from then to about today, hence we have our president hanging from a gas station ceiling somewhere along a Jacksonville mile.

With President Obama in office, there’s a bit of a challenge to this old tradition. But how long are people trying to lynch ‘some niggers’? This man’s presidency is indeed revolutionary, perhaps medicinal for this country’s race problem. While medicine is usually resisted, let it be something meant to be as a remedy. And let any threat to this man be considered a sickness because he is still the President of the United States of America.

Author: Michael

is a recent graduate of Boston University, where he received the Gregory Hudson Award for Writing Excellence in the Humanities. He studied English Literature, History and Philosophy. To Michael, In Parentheses functions as an established, intellectual environment where art and current events share equal relevance.

2 thoughts

  1. No Civil War necessary! I’ve always felt that these type of issues more or less weed themselves out over time. I mean if you think about it, our parents lived through times of segregation. So slavery is not some ancient thing, it’s within our historical community. Once certain areas of the states get, um, educated then this will surely no longer be an issue for a greater part of the nation.

    On a side note, I’m surprised you didn’t catch it during the debates, but Romney, when the “war on drugs” came up(for some reason), Romney consistently used the adjective “mexican” in conjunction with “drug lords”…which was ironic since, if I remember clearly, the question was posed by a latina…

    So, once people are educated about these type of little connections they make in their own head (THANK YOU HOLLYWOOD), then they’ll, hopefully, stop making them; and begin to see people as people.

  2. The man’s presidency has been a disaster and we just, somehow, for some inexplicable reason, voted to continue his reign of incompetence and inaction. The 47% comment may have hurt Romney but this election just proved it to be true.

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