“Who is in the kitchen cooking my Chinese dinner?”
“Is it a Mexican?”
“Where is that guy from?”
“He looks like an Armenian. They are bad people.”
“Look at the lips on that one would you.”
“You know who is responsible for all the shit that’s going on? They’re the reason we can’t have a good country.”
These are the words I heard from a man who is from the greatest generation. He and just about every member of that generation define everything, everyone, every event with race.
I’m standing beside a pool in Ocala, Florida with the residents of the retirement community. The chit chat includes why you can’t go into town at night, the Coons. Why you can’t go across the tracks, the Cubans. Why it’s only safe to get a haircut in a particular shop because they don’t cut niggers hair.
All of these people attend the local Baptist church. They pray to God at every meal. Cry and lift each other up as they die. Bring hot casseroles and pies to those left behind.
Yet behind the church is the Black church. Right there on the main road into Ocala.
The black is not welcomed into the white church in the black churches front yard.
Oh, they help the black church the white church does. They collect up the used Sunday school workbooks and give them to the black church. There’s nothing like a work book all ready filled out about Jesus to tell you how much he and the white parishioners love you.
You’re not going to change these people. Each one of them will cling to their prejudice with their last Medicare assisted breath. They’ve learned at the knee of our past racist American forefathers the meaning of, “Everything has its place and a place for everything.”
To allow anything out of place is a sin against Gods word.
“You going to hell boy if help them coloreds!” From the lips of the church deacon.
Now, we have the Baby Boomers, the children of the greatest generation. How are they doing on that racism, bigotry thing they surely fed from as children?
Our current president is one of them.
The GOP is dominated by them.
The House and the Senate leadership is well manned by them.
Do you see anything?
Can you hear anything?
Do you feel it?