The Hate-C

29 Oct

If anyone here in London has an image of Orange County (where I’m from in case you didn’t know), they think of sandy beaches, hot girls sunbathing in their bikinis, and of course, “The O.C.” and “Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County” (please). But did you know Orange County also has a lot of racist wackos that make Nick Griffin look like Mother Teresa? In fact, it’s sort of a way of life for some people.

I’ve been reading through the OC Weekly, and it’s funny because there’s not a single day when they aren’t covering the haters. They tag the stories “The Hilarious Haters.” Yes, we have haters–lots of them, such as Orly Taitz, who believes that President Barack Obama shouldn’t be in office because he was born in Kenya. She’s the anointed leader of the “birther” movement as we call it in the States. Then you have the Neo-Nazi groups that are scattered countywide. Then the list goes on and on.

Orly Taitz, Obama-hater

So visitor beware, there are haters abound.

One Response to “The Hate-C”

  1. Paul at 18:06 #

    Racism begins with our families, parents, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, grandparents, people we admire, respect and love.

    However, as we grow and mature we come to the realization that what we were told by our family when we were children were slanted lies base on their prejudices. We realize that most people are like ourselves and not so different and want the same things, like a home, steady work, a Medicare plan and schools for our children (if you travel you will see this). We realize that most people are of good hearts and goodwill.

    This reminds me of a parable from the good book where a Levite and Priest come upon a man who fell among thieves and they both individually passed by and didn’t stop to help him.

    Finally a man of another race came by, he got down from his beast, decided not to be compassionate by proxy and got down with the injured man, administered first aid, and helped the man in need.

    Jesus ended up saying, this was the good man, this was the great man, because he had the capacity to project the “I” into the “thou,” and to be concerned about his fellow man.

    You see, the Levite and the Priest were afraid, they asked themselves, “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?”

    But then the Good Samaritan came by. And he reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”

    That’s the question before us. The question is not, “If I stop to help our fellow man (immigrant) in need, what will happen to me?” The question is, “If I do not stop to help our fellow man, what will happen to him or her?” That’s the question.

    This current climate of blaming others for our woes is not new. We have had this before and we have conquered it.

    Remember “Evil flourishes when good men (and women) do nothing”. Raise your voices with those of us who believe we are equal and we can win this battle again.

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