Dexter Rogers

Dexter Rogers

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Neo-Nazis: Threats to kill the innocent and Obama are real

The Associated Press recently reported two Neo-Nazi skinheads were arrested October 22nd for plotting to shoot and decapitate 102 random African Americans and attempting to assassinate Barack Obama.

According the A.P. report Daniel Coward, 20 of Tennessee and Paul Schessleman, 18, from Arkansas were determined to get the job done. The report stated, "They seemed determined to do it. Even if they were just to try it, it would be a trail of tears around the South."

The report continued, "They said that would be their last, final act — that they would attempt to kill Sen. Obama. They didn't believe they would be able to do it, but that they would get killed trying."

When asked about whether he’s concerned Obama stated,
“I have the best protection in the world. The secret service.”

First it was Mike Huckabee joking about the possibility of someone shooting Obama as he spoke at N.R. A. convention. Hilary Clinton raised the possibility with bringing up the assassination of Bobby Kennedy. Now we have two young Neo-Nazis willing to take out 102 innocent African Americans and Obama.

Obama understood before he took on the Herculean task of being “the first.” He understands he’d have to endure because it’s just part of African Americans historical resumes.

Everyone knows you have to pay the costs to be the boss. I just hope Obama doesn't have to pay the ultimate price. What might that price be?

The ultimate price one pays for their dreams is death.

Wake up folks. The threats against Obama are real. Unfortunately, I believe there more threats are on the horizon. We are days before an historic election yet an unfortunate atmosphere of hate exists because racial intolerance and ignorance.

People think about race but reframe from discussing it. The bottom line is a segment of white America will not vote for Obama because of color. Also, a much smaller segment would like to see Obama killed to thwart his quest for presidential glory.

This recent climate of hate is inducing someone to ante up on their ignorance and attempt to disrupt history. The same atmosphere of hate was created when Robert Kennedy, Malcolm X, Medgar Evers, Martin Luther King, and Bobby Kennedy were slain in the 1960's. It halted change, stymied growth, and robbed America of the visions the latter men had.

This assassination plot shows things aren’t as good as being projected. Irrespective of what polls suggest racism is alive and genocide still exists in the world. For example, in Darfur humans are being slaughtered over race and religion. China buys oil from the Sudanese government who in turn sells weapons to the Sudanese they use to kill Africans. Oddly as hundred’s of thousands are murdered mainstream media reframes from widespread coverage.

Part of what contributes to lack of exposure is the media lacks diversity. According to a recent study by Central Florida’s Dr. Richard Lapchick revealed over 90 percent of information disseminated comes from a white male vantage point.

The significance?

When topics like an African American president facing assassination or innocent people being slaughtered abroad most newspaper staffs aren’t equipped to write or report from a standpoint of true understanding. In short, most staffs have few if any African Americans as journalists.

Lack of diversity is one of the primary reasons Obama’s safety isn’t becoming covered with a higher level of persistence.
Most newspapers lack the life experience that’s necessary to write or report on racism. Most simply bring their life experience to their work. This leads to a glossing over of a topic (Obama assassination) or ignoring it all together (Darfur) due to lack of understanding.

With the media being a vastly white world how can one get parity in terms of coverage?

The latter can be thwarted with more African Americans becoming journalists: but it will be of little significance if those who hire at mainstream newspapers aren’t open to embracing diversity.

Just because Obama has done so well some think America has advanced in terms of racial tolerance. There's merit to the latter but when Neo-Nazis talks of randomly killing African Americans and a presidential hopeful I think we still have a long way to go.

Let’s keep it real: I think Obama has endured more than any of us could imagine. Whether Obama wants to publicly admit it he knows the possibility of having his life taken because he's a black man seeking to occupy the White House is real. This is why Obama has steered away from racial situations and focused on running a clean campaign.

Obama understands because of the permanent tan he sports comes with a potential price. I just hope and pray he doesn't have to the pay the ultimate price.

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