I was 13 years old when Roots hit the airwaves. We watched every night of the mini series and I remember how I felt each day when I went to school. I lived in a predominantly white area and I remember the pure hatred I felt for white people after watching Roots. To me, every white person represented those bastards in Roots. I didn't see the history. I didn't see how far we had come ... you know why? Because in 1977 it didn't feel like we had come very far at all. My brother was still beating up kids for using racial slurs against me. Now in 2009, it still doesn't feel like we've come very far and it makes me want to cry.
It was difficult for me to come to work today. Difficult to be cordial and deal with folks who are probably saying "What's the big deal?" about the cartoon in the Post. This whole thing has me pissed the F off. I can't stand this. I'm not saying I feel the same way I did 32 years ago after watching Roots but damn ... is this what the next four years is going to be like? I know the President is fair game, Lord knows Bush II gave us plenty of material over the last eight years but shouldn't we draw the line at blatant racism? Shouldn't we?
I was so proud to live in a country that would elect a Black president. Now I'm just pissed.