I really should cut all media until I'm feeling more whole ... .
It occurred to me after listening to the southern defenders of the Right to fly the flag of the Confederacy at the State Capitol that - were I that young man sitting in a cell awaiting the wrath of judgement to come down -- I might be wondering why I'm not being hailed as a hero for saving the nation from the army of the Black America! He does have his defenders who will declare him mentally ill. I'm beginning to wonder whether he doesn't represent a growing number of perfectly sane white southerners with lingering smoldering leftover remnants of the Reconstruction period running in their veins.
The rhetoric that includes code language such as, "... we must take back our country ..." coming out of those in Washington's seats of power sends messages that encouraged the tragic scene at Mother Emmanuel. This has got to refer to the presidency, right? The hatred of President Obama and the outrage of southern racism is so strong that the "Solid South" is willing to sacrifice everything to prevent what is seen as the rise of black America to full equality.
Yet, there has obviously been a significant change in South Carolina despite all. Those crowds gathered as mourners have been racially integrated and the obvious warmth of the citizenry holds promise even on that hallowed southern ground.
One would have to be really out of touch to not see the possibility of the obvious, and we've not yet arrived at real democracy -- not yet.
That we're still ready to fight and die for, but are not yet ready to live by its principles.
I can't recall a time when I've felt greater despair; or as hopeless as I do this day ... .