Special thanks to Hotchimera, our latest contributor to the44Diaries. Her diary is both poignant and thought-provoking, while we all try to navigate the strange new political landscape of 2009. We have heard and seen alot about how Republican’s are scared, but I thought it was important to also talk about how some African-American Democrats are scared too. In these crazy times, it cuts both ways.
DKos/Hotchimera—Everyday I pray for my husbands’s safety.
He travels really far for work on public transportation and I am worried about the environment out there.
I did not want to write this diary but the nastiness is rising so fast out there that I have to share how I feel.
The other day my daughter and I were walking to the PO and someone yelled
‘Black Bitches” at us from a driving truck.
I even worry about standing at the bus stop alone waiting for my daughter to get off the bus. The only place to stand is right on the corner of the mains street and it is very quiet and empty.
There is a Confederate flag hanging prominently on our way out of the neighborhood.
The school speech given by Obama was banned by our kid’s school with no notice sent out and my daughter really felt hurt by it.
What am I to tell her? I told her the truth.
Everytime we turn on the tv we see people ranting and raving and hating our President.
I go to bed with a feeling of disquiet every night and I go through the day with the same feeling and it is not going away.
I feel as if something is in the air: as if something is imminent.
There is a Preacher calling for the President to die.
The President is treated like a boy in Congress and the person who did it is now a hero.
Obama signs with him posed as a witch doctor.
Signs of him compared to a Gorilla.
Prominent politicians and radio personalities are spewing racist invective daily and all I see is a rabble of white angry faces screaming in support.
Then I turn on the tv this morning to see Morning Joe with Peggy Noonan and Pat Buchanan saying Democrats are playling the race card.