hit the black guy
so i was sitting next to a remarkably boorish and likely racist hockey fan during game five, during which he repeatedly shouted "hit the black guy" whenever subban was on the ice and near the puck. (actually, even when he wasn't quite). my game-time companion remarked at how uncomfortable it was to be faced with such ugliness of expression, and i think there was even a little bit of confusion as to why, race-sensitive as i am, i wasn't more put out about it. however, having watched the regulation portion of game seven with me as well, that same person admitted that, having paid closer attention, it really was easy to dislike pk for some very good reasons that had nothing to do with his skin color. but the guy was still a racist jerk for how he put it.
so it is that we find ourselves in a national discussion about barry obama's birth certificate, or questions thereof.
birthers are sensitive to being called racists, just as i expect it's likely that mr "hit the black guy" would raise a very compelling argument as to why he found it necessary to be saying the things he did and deny that race had anything to do with it. (and i would tell you that he wouldn't be wrong about most all of them, with the single exception of the coincidence of skin color). i can promise you, in a room full of honest and race-blind bruins fans, you would find disgust with mr subban to be unanimous, too. so we must respect obama's opponents opinions about his policies and allow for the explanation of pure partisanship, just as bruins fans and the fans of 28 other hockey teams will tell you that pk subban is all that long-winded stuff i said about him, or, in short, a douche bag.
but one has to look behind the criticism for the reason for it before one can understand it, and here is where i think (i KNOW) the birthers' disingenuous excuses fall down. exhibit a for mr "hit the black guy" would be video replays of seven recent hockey games. for the birthers, for all that barry o has done and is doing to dislike him, (and believe you me i dislike him for all of that, too), it's not so black and white.
pictures of barack hussein obama's birth certificate have been circulated for many years now. newspaper articles from hawaii at the time list the birth announcement in support of that. a woman who gave birth in the same hospital at the same time has attested to his birth there as well, pointing out when questioned about how one remembers such things in such clear detail after 50 years, that a black baby born in hawaii was an extremely memorable event at the time, and demographic data from that time showing that descendants of africans didn't even make one half of one percent of the islands' population at the time lend credence to her story. so why do almost half of republicans still express disbelief in the preponderance of evidence?
african americans attest that it's race-based. white americans sympathetic to birthers' other politics deny the possibility. i have to believe one of two things:
either almost half of republicans aren't fit to vote based on their inability to understand the primary source evidence, or birthers are racists. you pick. i'm ok with either one.