The election of Barack Obama has led to a number of incidents all over the country, some in my own hometown and school. Each of them was prompted by some sort of racism, in my opinion. I don’t understand it. I have seen emails that contained jokes whose punchine was the assasination of the president-elect, heard about text messages saying the n-gg– needs to be killed, heard from people who’ve witnessed vandalism against black families, and read AP wire stories about the sudden increase in threats against the president, and a dramatic increase in bias crimes.
I am left ambivalent. I am thrilled that our country as a whole has made a mighty move to put racism behind us; I am disappointed and afraid that a significant minority has and will become more vocal and demonstrative. Here’s hoping that the better angels of our nature will prevail as they did on Nov. 4.