Photo is offensive

September 11, 2013

Dear Editor,

Racism is racism and it is alive and well in Richmond County.

Everyone has a right to disagree with our President but the photo on Highway 177 posted on the right as you exit the north end of Dobbins Heights, or to your left on the first residence as you enter Dobbins Heights from the north, is offensive and disrespectful to Mr. Obama, to the office of the Presidency, and to every decent citizen in the United States. There once was a certain civility and decorum exercised by citizens of this once great country that the majority of honorable veterans would have respected.

However, having an African American in the White House seems to have caused once intelligent people to lose all sense of reasoning and logic. The facts just seem to escape people these days. The fact the president inherited a collapsing house left by the former Republican President seems to have somehow been disregarded by those who would blame President Obama for everything wrong in this country. For some reason the Affordable Care Act became Obama Care. But even with the unofficial name change why would any Jesus loving person not want people to have health care? I once thought Americans were smart people but they can’t seem to separate the bull crap from reality.

Either they are walking around in a fog or surely they have blinders on and a closed mind.

President Obama won the election not once but twice and the racist in this country have at every turn fought his leadership. Some would rather see this country go to hell in a handbag than agree with anything from his office. This president is one of the smartest men ever to grace the Oval Office, yet the lowest common denominator of citizens have the audacity to look down on him. Just as Biblical Old and New Testament prophets were rejected, scorned and dishonored in their time so is President Obama, and that would put him in the company of those who are equipped and called to serve.

With the passing of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, many had hoped that by now America would be beyond the stereotypes placated by an era of racism.

But as Dr. King knew then and as we know now, we are at dangerous crossroads, stalled short of respect and equality.

Alyce M. Calmore