I read a news feed this morning from News One titled “Divided States of America: 20 States Petition To Secede after Re-Election of President Obama. “ The opening sentence was “Some white people are really having a difficult time facing the reality of a Black president…….” They have since changed their opening sentence to “Some people are really having a difficult time facing the reality of a Black president…..” I commend them for this revision (although they haven’t corrected the hyperlink). I did not feel that the issue is totally racial and disagreed with the writer limiting it to white people. I do believe that there are some serious underlying racial overtones.
The Star-Telegram reports: Hardin County [Texas] Republican treasurer Peter Morrison writes "…..Let each go her own way," demanding an "amicable divorce" from the U.S. and from the "maggots" who re-elected President Obama. Morrison is particularly angry at Asian-Americans and Hispanics who backed Obama, accusing them of voting on an "ethnic basis."
"'They' re-elected Obama," Morrison wrote. "He is their president."
We’ve also seen and read about the post-election tweets, the use of the “N” word, the riots, and the support for President Obama’s assassination. This type of behavior is deplorable and unacceptable. In my opinion some of the perpetrators of these acts have committed treason and should be dealt with accordingly.
Taking all of this into consideration there is no way that any intelligent person can say that there are no racial overtones and that these are not racist attacks on American citizens and our president.
The question is if it’s not all about race what is it about? The answer is quite simple, it’s about power. It’s about the haves and the have-nots. It’s about the two percent. They have been successful in spewing so much rhetoric that there’s a segment of our population who believe that everything is Obama’s fault and that our country is about to fall apart now that he’s been re-elected. They have been clever in targeting those who feel that the federal government should stay out of their business and that Obama’s platform is going to take away their rights. They are running scared and playing every card that they can including race and religion. Bill O’Reilly of FOX News made it quite clear during the election, “it’s not a traditional America any more…..the white establishment is now the minority” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFcAzIWOHpU.
Now these folks want to secede. Petitions have popped up from twenty states so far. To be clear, these are individuals filing petitions to the government. These are not the Governors of these states filing petitions. In accordance with the guidelines of participation for “We The People,” as of October 3, 2011, petitions that meet the listed criteria become searchable on WhiteHouse.gov once — and if — they reach 150 signatures within 30 days. If that is accomplished, for President Obama to actively consider a petition, it must reach 25,000 signatures within the remainder of the same 30-day period.
Let’s do the math, if all twenty states achieve the required 25,000 signatures in a 30 day window we’re talking about 500,000 people. When I last checked the population of the United States is over 314 million. I don’t think anyone is seceding from anywhere. What we have is a knee-jerk, emotional reaction to our president being elected for a second term. I hope the individuals who are signing these petitions really understand what secession means. I don't think there is a single state that can stand on its own without federal assistance. If anyone has any questions just ask Gov. Christie.
However if they think the grass is greener somewhere else and really want to leave…..
Ernest R. Heyward is the Founder and President of the Marketplace for Social Awareness and Social Responsibility Inc.