The media giant, USA Today set off a social media firestorm Sunday with a headline that many found racially insensitive.
Since news of President Barack Obama being re-elected, there has been so much race talk. This is good and bad. Articles such as this are hard to write because you don’t create a website called Multi Cultural Cooking Network because you lack an appreciation of various cultures. My friends span the spectrum of races and cultures so this not an attack on a group but a spotlight on growing trend of overt racism. The 48 hours since President Obama’s election has been telling. Much of the things
said are negative with use of the word Nigger, not used in “playful jargon.” It is being used by racists, young and old alike. I could go as to why using the word Nigger is never a good idea but is another topic for another day. Facebook pages, twitter and surely other media outlets are flooded with racists statements of whoa about Obama being re-elected. According to Time Magazine, “An influx of Asian voters in Virginia helped Obama carry that swing state. Exit polls show that in the battleground states of Nevada, Colorado and Florida, Latino voters clinched the win for the President. ” People are trying to out how Latinos and other ethnic groups helping to create a more diverse America effect the fiber of “American” culture.
A Washington Post parenting section shared, “...parent showed me a tweet from a friend in Ohio who complained that the election wasn’t decided by “real” Americans.” Conversely, many Blacks are guilty of racist gloating comments about the Obama victory. Bottom line, two wrongs don’t make a right. The most common things said are “The Nigger got re-elected” and “F**k White people” within 24 hours of the election results.
Politcsgather.com-Racism is far from being dead, and the last four years have proven that. The relentless Republican Tea Party attacks didn’t stop President Obama from winning a second term, but his victory spawned outrage among a unique demographic: young Twitter users.
These kids are mostly high school-aged, and not even able to vote, but their disgust at an Obama victory is clear. It’s also obvious that their parents and environment have had a major influence in their racist opinions. Some of those, unfortunately, were adults. Take, for example, the woman from Memphis, TN, who wrote, “Everybody go out and vote so we can get this n***er out of office!” The backlash against her tweet as a result of it being displayed on Jezebel.com, was so great, the woman was forced to make an apology. She called her tweet “inappropriate,” and a “mistake.” That’s all well and good, but how do you mistakenly call the President of the United States a n***er? How is it merely inappropriate? READ MORE
Read the AP stats on the rise of blatant racism toward Blacks and Latinos in the USA since 2008.
A poll released by the Associated Press reveals an uptick since 2008 in the percentage of Americans who express negative attitudes towards blacks and Latinos. The poll measured both explicit expressions of racial prejudice and implicit attitudes.
On the explicit measure — prejudiced attitudes people were willing to express outright — the anti-black prejudice ticked up 3 points, from 47 percent in 2008 to 51 percent in 2012. But when one looks at the implicit attitudes the poll measured, the jump is more pronounced at 7 points. In 2008, the measure of implicit anti-black attitudes was 49 percent; in 2012 that number grew to 56 percent. Meanwhile, write the AP’s Sonya Ross and Jennifer Agiesta, “In both tests, the share of Americans expressing pro-black attitudes fell.”
Latinos fared just as poorly in the backlash. Ross and Agiesta explain:
Most Americans expressed anti-Hispanic sentiments, too. In an AP survey done in 2011, 52 percent of non-Hispanic whites expressed anti-Hispanic attitudes. That figure rose to 57 percent in the implicit test. The survey on Hispanics had no past data for comparison.
Article written and compiled by Crystal A. Johnson, MCCN Editor
Amid a national debate over Arizona’s tough new immigration law, Republican Alabama gubernatorial candidate Tim James (and son of previous Gov. Fob James) vows in a new campaign ad that if he’s elected, he’ll give the state driver’s license exam only in English, as a cost-saving measure.
Does this issue stir up divisiveness or does it make sense to you?
“This is Alabama; we speak English,” he says in the ad. “If you want to live here, learn it.” READ MORE