November 1st, 2011 11:27 EST
A Complicit Relationship
"An individual is complicit if he/she is aware of the occurrence of a crime and has the ability to report and or address it, but fails to do so, "or" having a legal duty to prevent the commission of the offense, and that person fails to make an effort that he is legally required to make."
Since President Obama`s post reverend Wright speech on race relations in America, in which he delivered a compelling address to the American people that the sins of the past cannot be merely swept under the rug - because the residue of institutional racism has left a perpetual stain on the hearts and minds of many in the African American community; the president has done absolutely nothing to address the growing and rising level of racism in American society.
Within the past three years there have been innumerable racially motivated attacks on people of color. To the dismay of many the president has been absolutely mute on the subject. Commencing with President Obama taking the oval office in 2008, the level of racism in America have reached record numbers.
The absence of any sort of redress to the rise of race base groups and the attacks thereof have gone categorically unrecognized and unaddressed by Mr. Obama - which means that the president has not displayed the moral courage required to address the problem, and thus; has engaged indirectly in a complicit relationship with those who are orchestrating the rise of racism in America.
From the effigy of the president categorized as a monkey, to the chants of we want our country back - Afro-socialism and the birther issue, to the countless attacks on people of color including the recent intentional hit and run murder of a black man in Mississippi; in which the perpetrator was heard citing - "I ran over that N#@%*. These blatant acts of racism have gone unaddressed by our nations leaders; more specifically the president himself.
Moreover, during his brief tenure in office there have been many occasions for Mr. Obama to address the nation regarding the countless acts of racism spurred on by his election to the office of Commander and Chief. Unfortunately, the president has continually chosen the path of least resistance and or political correctness rather than taking emphatic measures to address the social sickness of racism in the country that resides over.
In fact, during the dedication of the MLK monument one of the greatest crusaders against racial hatred; it was cited that the president intentionally refrained from using words such as black (when referring to African Americans) and even resigned himself not to use words like racism in his presentation.
Dr. King was one of our nations most intrepid crusaders against racism, bigotry and injustice and never shied away from using the appropriate words to articulate America`s problem. America cannot lead the world without a great leader at the helm. Greatness is derived from not ignoring the ills of the nation, but by addressing them head on for the betterment of all who reside within the sovereignty of these American shores.
Regrettably, the Obama presidency has brought out the worse of the worse within American society, and has surely shown the world that America is not remotely close to reconciling its problem of racial hatred.
The legacy and stain of America`s racially divisive history will not merely evaporate into thin air, nor can it be ignored or wished away - but requires a great leader that is courageous enough to make that all important appeal to the American people for a better society while implementing legislation and education to change the course of the nefarious philosophy of racism.
It`s been three years since President Obama has taken office, and we must genuinely ask ourselves; is he the hope and change we`ve been waiting for? Or just another charismatic politician that knows how to court the American populous with soothing words?
"We the people", are sincerely dismayed at your silence on the racial climate in the country in which you have been elected to oversee; Mr. President. I implore you to not continue the complicit relationship (directly or indirectly) with the worse of the worse within our nation.
The ball is in your court, and so far you have yet to score the adequate points needed to deliver the hope and change that you promised.
America is in dire need of a comprehensive k-12 education on racism. It is essential that we begin to alter the trajectory of this tainted philosophy for the betterment of our son`s & daughter`s - our nation`s future leaders.
M. QUINN is a freelance journalist and activist born in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Author of the books; "Removing the Veil", and RECOMPENSE "A Matter of Human Rights".
He is also the Founder of the Campaign to Remove the Veil"; which advocates incorporating a comprehensive study of racism into the American educational system as a core curriculum.. He specializes in social, political, and historical analysis and commentary.
THE CAMPAIGN TO REMOVE THE VEIL
REMOVING THE VEIL - THE BOOK