I was seething when I saw my former US senator decry Blacks receiving food stamps from the government. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania told an Iowa audience this week that he would tackle this “race problem” if elected president, thus echoing the sentiments of his old congressional colleague, Newt Gingrich, who suggested poor students in city schools clean the bathrooms for their more affluent ones, rather than grow up to be pimps or prostitutes.
It turns out, that African-Americans make up only 9 percent of those receiving assistance in the great state of Iowa. The rest are mostly unemployed Whites from single family homes. (More than half of those are children under 18, the elderly and the disabled.) But, facts don’t seem to matter to some seeking high office in my country. They want votes no matter what distortions they have to create in order to get them.
They’re appealing to an all-White, non-college educated group of social conservatives who increase their own self-esteem by looking down on persons they’re convinced are beneath them. They elevate themselves over Mexicans working labor-intense jobs only the unskilled will perform, cheering for electrically charged fences to kill any who dare to cross our precious borders seeking such work. They see minorities as lazy, good-for-nothing leaches on the rest of a society they believe their families built single-handedly with no handouts or help from the government.
They make me sick.
And then I look at myself and ask: what’s the difference between them and me? Aren’t I placing them all in the same class, decrying their hatred for another race, stating that “they” are all alike? How broad of a brush am I using to paint them in such an ugly way? Am I trying to elevate myself over someone else to somehow feel “better”?
It’s a scary thought. Just goes to show, you can’t solve a nation’s woes by attacking a problem by name-calling or pitting one group against another.
Thank God the Almighty has never had to vote in a Republican Primary. He’d make sure that “none of the above” would win throughout eternity.