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We moved from liberal Vermont to a very small conservative town a little over a year ago. I only wear my pro-Obama tee shirt when I am with my husband and I have received some very negative reactions to the Obama/Biden window sticker on my car. I expected that.
What I did not expect was the story our son told us one afternoon after school. He was waiting for 8th grade gym class to start, and overheard some kids talking about snipers. As he listened, he heard a conversation about how "cool" it would be if snipers were perched all along the walls, above the bleachers, and when President Obama walked into the gym, those snipers shot and killed him.
I'm serious. Our son heard this from kids his own age, standing in a gymnasium. I freaked out. I wanted to call the Secret Service, the school, the police, anyone and everyone. Our son didn't know any of the kids who made these statements, and the police would have probably chuckled and said kids will be kids, patted me on the head and told me to lighten up. So, we had no recourse.
Our son is now a freshman in high school, and tells us there are still teens who hate the president. They claim he is going to take away everyone's guns, he is a socialist and, when they're feeling really honest, they just hate President Obama because he's black. Other than seething hatred for President Obama, you know what else there's a lot of in this town? Old, angry white people and churches. Who knows, maybe some of those churches have pastors who asked their congregations to pray for President Obama's wife to be a widow and his children to be orphans.
During the Inauguration celebration Monday, a few rocket scientists decided to Tweet their displeasure with President Obama. The majority of them look, at least from their profile photos, to be in their late teens or early twenties. Brittany Brooke wrote "Maybe Obama will get assassinated, where are all the school shooters lmao let me stop #nobama." JennaRose Chadwick opined "It would be funny if obama gets assassinated on martin luther king day...just saying." And Keiran Kavanaugh chose the direct approach, writing "I truly hope Obama is assassinated sometime very soon." The names and Tweets, along with many others, can be found at publicshaming.tumblr.com.
Parents, what the hell are you doing? Our son is meeting kids in 9th grade who have never heard of EVOLUTION. Mom and Dad Tea Partier, you're teaching your children to hate, to be ignorant, to be violent, racist, bigoted asshats with no hope whatsoever of surviving in the real world. You, Mr. and Mrs. Bagger, are raising the next J. T. Ready. Congratulations?
Stop it. Stop taking innocent children and turning them into hatemongers. Any parent who chooses to fill a child's head with lies and racism and fear shouldn't be a parent. Our son has empathy and compassion, and a sarcasm streak a mile long. He needs that, by the way, to deal with the ignoramuses at his school. Someone asked him last year how the Earth can be billions of years old if it's only 2012. A parent taught that to his or her child, and sent said child off to school to meet my son, Captain Snark. That particular chat ended with our son laughing so hard, he cried.
Do I make fun of conservatives? Hell, yes I do. But have I ever wished harm on any of them? (Real harm, not just locked in a Porta Potty for 3 days.) No. I never wished harm on George W. Bush, never wished harm on Bachmann or Palin or Boehner or Cantor. Never. But liberals are the "scary ones," we're the ones dividing the country and we're the party of hate and racism.
We are teaching our son not to hate, not to judge, not to discriminate. We, I think, are teaching him well. I wish other parents did the same.