Racism and Violence are Facts of Life in America

Somebody planted a bomb along the route of a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Spokane, Washington on Monday, and the mayor said that kind of thing “is unacceptable in our community, or any community.”


I would call it atrocious… revolting… heartbreaking…

I’m sure you can find even stronger words to describe such an appalling act. Think what could have happened if the bomb had not been discovered and disarmed in time.

But, hey, this is America.

Violence is par for the course here, and it’s growing worse.  And racism is a fact of life.

It’s ludicrous to hear Tea Party types and their sympathizers denying that racism has anything to do with the vitriol that’s spewing from talk radio, television and the internet. It’s because of this or that or some other thing, they insist. They don’t really care that the president is a black man, no sir.

I wonder who could possibly be dumb enough to buy that line of bull?

If you still have any doubt that racism is at the root of the bitterness and spite that’s poisoning American politics, I refer you to this excerpt from the AP  story about Monday’s bombing attempt:

The discovery before the parade for the slain civil rights leader raised the possibility of a racial motive in a region that has been home to the white supremacist Aryan Nations.

The Spokane region and adjacent northern Idaho have had numerous incidents of anti-government and white supremacist activity during the past three decades.

Imagine that. White Supremacists are alive and well in America! And from all accounts, the movement has grown stronger since President Obama’s election.

I wonder what Dr. King would think if he could see how his country has evolved in the four decades since his assassination?