I know that I live in a very rural area. I know that there are lots of racists here. I was raised in a very racist home. When I got older, and joined the Army, I discovered that racism was just one more lie that my parents had told me. Still, I'd be really stupid to think that racism does not exist here. Most racists say their racist comments, but if challenged, back down immediately, explaining they're not racist at all, but...and that 'but' is always followed by a series of rationalizations, most of them biased and ignorant. I've always thought of racists as a bit like cockroaches. They scatter like hell when the light is shined on them. They are courageous only in groups, and they are never willing to discuss their points of view. Instead, they'll stand there and trumpet their right to 'freedom of speech'. Yup. They have freedom of speech. However, so do I.
I know that some of the elderly folks in my church believe that if Obama is elected, it is a sign of the end times. Tim was amazed when I told him that. "Why do they think that?" he asked. I told him that I simply didn't have the heart to ask it, because I just did not want to hear.
Today, though, I saw something that made me gasp out loud. Right there, in the middle of someone's yard, over in Eldred Township, there is a huge handpainted sign on 1/2 sheet of plywood. In big white letters it said: 'Vote Right. Vote White'.
I'll be damned. Hardly ever does a column just fall into your lap....