Hate is a strong word. In my house, it was ranked right up there with evil, hell and Satan. We couldn’t even say it unless we meant it and even then, we had better have a really good reason for it. So when fourth-grader, Terence Scott used that word in the same sentence as the President of the United States, I wondered if Terence really meant it. Did he really believe that people hated President Barak Obama? He seemed geniunely distressed when he questioned the President at a town hall meeting in New Orleans, Thursday, October 15, 2009. But his follow up comment was even more heart wrenching. “They are supposed to love you,” he said. “God is love.” The President visibly struggled to give an age appropriate, politically correct answer. However, the question still hangs in the air like strange fruit dangling from southern trees at a church picnic. Why do some people hate Barak Obama? Not disagree with, or dislike, but hate so strongly that they can’t see straight. One blogger even accused President Obama of setting up the town hall question and playing the race card. “…In the usual, underhanded way so that he can claim that he was above it all. Sure, sure it wasn’t a set up…sure.” Seriously? So let me get this straight. President Obama planted this 9-year-old boy in the crowd, fed him the question before hand, and then proceeded to exploit him on national TV with his parent’s permission? For real? Okay, we really need to stop the madness. One way to do that is to simply answer the question posed by the young boy in New Orleans. Why DO some people hate the President. I’ll tell you. Becaue he is the most powerful man in the free world, and he is a black man. Yeah, I said it.
You can almost see the pitchforks and shotguns in hand as the birthers, extremists, protestors and right-wing conservatives, charge after the President day after day, wanting to literally destroy him and his presidency. Birthers claim and are devoted to proving that Barack Obama isn’t eligible to be President of the United States because they contend that he wasn’t born here. One passionate believer, New York preacher, James Manning declared at a National Press Club session in December that the President is, “…the most notorious criminal in the history not just of America, but of this entire planet.” This is out of control. Extremist say that he is a Muslim out to destroy, “our America”; protestors compare him to Hitler, and right wing Christian conservatives call him a liar in the Halls of Congress. They can’t stand it that there is an intelligent, articulate, gracious, honest, God-fearing, sitting black president in the White House. And their despicable mob tirades unearth the unspoken truth that even after the election of this Nations’ first African American President, America still has the blood of racism dripping from its mouth. Sure, we have made progress, but we still have a long way to go.
Yes, President Obama gave the politically correct answer in summation, “…it’s all apart of the job description”. But while some of that may be the case, President Obama is getting a lot heavier dose of what is politically customary and what is morally appropriate. And the hate flying in his direction is not just from the usual suspects mentioned above. Parents pull their children out of school so they won’t hear the President encourage them to get an education and contribute back to America. He wins the Nobel Peace Prize and an entire news day is focused on voices crying out against it in dismay. His religious identity, patriotism and citizenship have been questioned, and he has been called a liar, racist, communist and a terrorist. At the risk of sounding like a 9-year-old child, Terence Scott some people hate the President because of the racism that still blackens the hearts of the ignorant. It is evil and someday the offenders will go to hell and meet Satan. Yeah, I said it, with good reason, and I meant every word.