Mar 16, 2012

The picture to the right is of a bumper sticker that caused a firestorm on Facebook recently. The bumper sticker says 'Don't Re-Nig' when it comes to the re-election of President Barack Obama. Most of us are intelligent enough to realize that the reimaging of the word renege into 'Re-Nig' (you know for Nigger) is just another way for these so-called bigots and racists to get under the skin of black people. But I say don't let it.

Oprah Winfrey says, "What you focus on expands." If all we do is focus on every little thing that is said or done by a racist, nobody then we do nothing but give them the attention that they so desperately desire.

The truth of the matter is that there is always going to be racists in this country and that stems from the system of white supremacy and white privilege. Racism is real and the sooner the rest of the country faces that reality the better off we will be, but until that day comes I'm just going to keep my eye on the prize.

For me, the prize is getting our President re-elected. Unless bumper stickers like the one to right motiviate you to vote and bring along 10 or 15 of your friends then don't focus on that nonsense. If you really want to get even with the bigot and the racist then help ensure that the man in the White House gets another four years.

We have to re-focus our energy into being mobilized and getting out the message about these Voter ID Laws.

While we are being distracted by bumper stickers, states are passing Voter ID Laws that are going to make it hard for minorities and seniors to vote. This is something that deserves our anger. This is an issue we can do something about. We need to be proactive and make sure that everyone we know have some form of government issued photo identification. If not, then we need to figure out how to get it for them.

I know this is not a sexy issue like that of a racist bumper sticker, but it is honestly the thing that has a more direct impact on us. We cannot be easily distracted from that in which we are trying to achieve. Don't let things like the bumper sticker distract you from what's really going on. Use that same fervor you used to spread the word about the bumper sticker to spread the word about Voter ID Laws.

Besides, read this and you'll realized it's really not racism you have to combat as much as it is the ill-informed, which when you think about it goes hand and hand.


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