I’m going to be avoiding Facebook tomorrow (today, since it’s after midnight), because I know that it’s going to be full of status updates pertaining to the inauguration, and I just don’t care that much.
Yeah, I think it’s a great thing that a black guy was voted in as President. I just think he was voted in for the wrong reason – he was voted in BECAUSE he’s black and not Republican. I mean, when you think about it, that’s it, unless I missed something along the way, which is possible, since I’ve practically been on a media blackout for the past few months because I’ve been so busy.
The updates are already getting on my nerves:
“[redacted] says 12 hours!”
“[redacted] is basking in the electricity and excitement of the day…..IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME COMIING!!!!!!!!”[sic]
I mean, you could tell me that I’m just not excited because I’m white, and I don’t know what it feels like to be held back and to have to take “orders” from people of a different race. I’ve been through this before, but in Memphis? I’m the minority. And take that how you will, but nearly everything that comes to your mind when you think of the word “minority”, I have experienced at some time or another. I’m talking the kind of shit that would get me arrested if I did it to someone who was black, but that I’m not “allowed” to complain about because it’s assumed because of the color of my skin that I would have struck first if they hadn’t defended themselves prematurely. So I think I have reason to be confused about all the hubbub – I have a slightly different perspective on this than those of you in other parts of the country might, and I don’t know that I would be adequately able to explain it in writing without being called a racist, because I depend so much on my facial expressions when I communicate, and you can’t see that here.
I’m proud of America for voting in a black man. That’s pretty damned cool. I just wish he’d been voted in for something other than his race, that’s all. All I’ve heard are promises – and ones that he will not be able to deliver on without seriously screwing other things up. You can’t have your cake and eat it, too.
I know I sound like a racist to some of you…but I’m not. I don’t think my race is superior. I think that judging someone by the color of their skin is really stupid (as is voting for someone because of their skin color). There are differences in people based on their ethnicity, sure. Some of those differences are disagreeable to other ethnicities. But just because I don’t like a particular part of what has become the culture of one ethnicity, that doesn’t mean I hate everyone who is of that ethnicity.
All of that stuff aside, I’m ignoring the inauguration as best I can tomorrow. I recognize and respect Obama as my President, and I hope he doesn’t fuck up too badly. I don’t agree with him, I think he might be a bit too big for his britches right now, and I think he doesn’t really know what he’s getting himself into – but he’s there, and the more support he has from the public, and the more feedback he gets, the more likely he might do a decent job, we hope.
And with that, I’m going to bed. I totally expect to find comments in my inbox calling me every name but my own, so I’ll just go ahead and give a preliminary finger to those who would comment that way, and save us all some time. How’s that?