We've had some threads on racial issues of late, so there's no doubting the topic is very much on people's minds since Obama was elected.
The night he won the nomination I told my wife it wouldn't surprise me if racial hate crimes in the US started to escalate. Sure enough they are, just as I expected. Here's just one article about it. - WGN Radio - AP Top Stories - In talking that night I also mentioned to her that I hope he keeps himself and his family well guarded because I know what can happen, and I honestly fear someone might try to take his life. Racists aren't all a lot of hot air, they can mean business! The events of year 1968 are just something most of you read in history books. I lived through the assassination of MLK and the ensuing race riots which took place that year. NO WAY do I want to see 2009 become a repeat of 1968. That was one ugly year in US history which still lives in my memory!
I sincerely hope things will blow over after extremists get over the initial shock of having a black president. I'd like to be optimistic that his doing a decent job in office will get racists to somehow be more accepting of him. But, as mentioned on another thread active at the moment, racism is always here with us. It goes underground and appears to be dormant for many years, then something happens for it to reawake in all it's ugliness. I hope for the best outcome in the months ahead, but fear for the worst. I just hope the unthinkable doesn't occur and set race relations in this country back 50 years, if not more. I'm so glad my parents didn't teach my sisters and I to hate anyone because of race, nationality, or any other senseless reason. Unfortunately, too many parents (still) do from what parts of this report brought out.