I ran across this picture on the net and was struck by the complete wrongness of it all:

South Carolinian newspaper Rock Hill Herald

(Click to enlarge)

The photograph at the top of this newspaper page (from the South Carolina Rock Hill Herald) is of students fleeing from Shady Hook Elementary School after the tragic shootings that occurred there. The photograph at the bottom of the newspaper page is an advertisement for a Holiday sale at a local gun store. We won’t even go into why Santa is pushing guns this Christmas.

The paper has since offered an apology for this insensitive ad placement, saying that the page layout decision had been made the day before the Shady Hook tragedy took place.

Ah, American capitalism, remember –  those guns represent jobs and those jobs represent money so that people can purchase the good things in life for their children who can go to good schools where those guns….

Hey all,

Through eight years of policy that has left this country devastated and divided, I can’t recall ANYONE talking about Killing George W. Bush. Today we have a (so-called) Pastor calling for the death of our president and a recent Facebook poll about whether it should be done or not – here’s a link: The Political Carnival

How sick are we as a country?

Thank God it’s not all of us. I received this beautiful article from a friend, it’s well worth sharing:

Andrew M. Manis: When Are WE Going to Get Over It?

For much of the last forty years, ever since America “fixed” its race problem in the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts, we white people have been impatient with African Americans who continued to blame race for their difficulties. Often we have heard whites ask, “When are African Americans finally going to get over it?
Now I want to ask
: “When are we White Americans going to get over our ridiculous obsession with skin color? Recent reports that “Election Spurs Hundreds’ of Race Threats, Crimes” should frighten and infuriate every one of us. Having grown up in “Bombingham,” Alabama in the 1960s, I remember overhearing an avalanche of comments about what many white classmates and their parents wanted to do to John and Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King. Eventually, as you may recall, in all three cases, someone decided to do more than ” talk the talk .”

Since our recent presidential election, to our eternal shame we are once again hearing the same reprehensible talk I remember from my boyhood.
We white people have controlled political life in the disunited colonies and United States for some 400 years on this continent.
whites have been in power 28 of the last 40 years. Even during the eight Clinton years, conservatives in Congress blocked most of his agenda and pulled him to the right. Yet never in that period did I read any headlines suggesting that anyone was calling for the assassinations of presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan, or either of the Bushes. Criticize them, yes. Call for their impeachment, perhaps. But there were no bounties on their heads. And even when someone did try to kill Ronald Reagan, the perpetrator was non-political mental case who wanted merely to impress Jody Foster.

But elect a liberal who happens to be Black and we’re back in the sixties again. At this point in our history, we should be proud that we’ve proven what conservatives are always saying — that in America anything is possible, EVEN electing a black man as president. But instead we now hear that school children from Maine to California are talking about wanting to ” assassinate Obama .”
Fighting the urge to throw up, I can only ask, ” How long ?” How long before we white people realize we can’t make our nation, much less the whole world, look like us? How long until we white people can – once and for all – get over this hell-conceived preoccupation with skin color? How long until we white people get over the demonic conviction that white skin makes us superior? How long before we white people get over our bitter resentments about being demoted to the status of equality with non-whites? How long before we get over our expectations that we should be at the head of the line merely because of our white skin? How long until we white people end our silence and call out our peers when they share the latest racist jokes in the privacy of our white-only conversations?
I believe in free speech, but how long until we white people start making racist loudmouths as socially uncomfortable as we do flag burners? How long until we white people will stop insisting that blacks exercise personal responsibility, build strong families, educate themselves enough to edit the Harvard Law Review, and work hard enough to become President of the United States, only to threaten to assassinate them when they do?   How long before we start “living out the true meaning” of our creeds, both civil and religious, that all men and women are created equal and that ” red and yellow , black and white ” all are precious in God’s sight?
Until this past November 4, I didn’t believe this country would ever elect an African American to the presidency. I still don’t believe I’ll live long enough to see us white people get over our racism problem. But here’s my three point plan :
, everyday that Barack Obama lives in the White House that Black Slaves Built, I’m going to pray that God (and the Secret Service ) will protect him and his family from us white people.

Second , I’m going to report to the FBI any white person I overhear saying, in seriousness or in jest, anything of a threatening nature about President Obama.
, I’m going to pray to live long enough to see America surprise the world once again, when white people can ” in spirit and in truth ” sing of our damnable color prejudice,
We HAVE overcome .”

It (now) takes a Village to protect our President !!!

(Andrew M. Manis is associate professor of history at Macon State College in Georgia and wrote this for an editorial in the Macon Telegraph.)

See ya

(Thanks Annie)

Next Page »