A Community Journal staffer and his wife were on their way home recently after having dinner in Mequon, where they had picked up advance tickets for a movie they planned to see the next evening at a theater next to the restaurant where they ate.
As the couple was driving out of the parking lot, they saw something across the street that made both of them do a double take.
In the expansive yard of a house set several feet from the street, a Confederate flag was swaying in the wind.
So much for post-racism in the era of Obama!
Seeing the “Stars and Bars” of Dixie, in Mequon of all places, came as a surprise to the staffer’s spouse, who thought the suburban community was more open minded in its political ideology. Obviously, someone forgot to mail the memo to the home’s owner to that affect.
Though his wife was incredulous at seeing the odious flag so brazenly displayed, the staffer told us that it really didn’t surprise him that much.
He just chalked it up to being just another example of the increase of racism in America since Barack Obama became President of the United States a year ago.
The owner of the house and the insidious flag represents one of two types of individuals who have emerged in the “majority community” since President Obama took office.
The person(s) is either racially naïve and thinks flying the Confederate flag is a “frat house-like joke,” or a racist who feels comfortable enough—thanks to Conservative talk radio “haters,” the national Tea Party Movement (which is nothing more than an excuse for 21st century, high-tech lynch mobs to vent), Republicans in Congress and a certain former Alaska governor—to come out of his (or perhaps her?) closet and express their racism in full view of the mainstream, which mistakenly believes America had moved past the problem of the color line now that there is an African American at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
The flag is a reminder that nothing has really changed when it comes to the issue of race and racism in America.
As we noted in previous editorials, racism is still alive and frighteningly real.
As African Americans we must not allow ourselves to be lulled into a false since of “post-racism” security.
The fight for true equality and respect for Black Americans is far from over. It is ongoing and will be for the foreseeable future.
Hopefully, a few neighbors or some of the political leadership in Mequon will visit the house where the symbol of the “Old South” flies and remind the homeowner that we are in the 21st century and that these vestiges of racism are not welcome in that community.
August 19, 2012 //
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