Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio yesterday launched a “fresh” investigation into whether or not President Obama is in fact an American citizen. According to the hateful lawman and his Tea Party allies who have long been trumpeting conspiracy theories about the president’s origins, the long form birth certificate Obama released last year may be a forgery.
Now, we’ve heard this story before; in fact, we’ve heard this story ad nauseum since Obama first stepped onto the presidential stage. The President was born in Kenya, many say; He is a Mau Mau revolutionary, Mike Huckabee declared last year; Birther queen Orly Taitz has filed multiple lawsuits on the matter; and Donald Trump used the controversy to raise his profile last spring, an incident that concluded with Obama releasing the aforementioned long form document. That should have ended the conversation, but of course it didn’t.
Anyone with half a brain knows that Obama is an American citizen, and knows that these tricks are both politically motivated — Arpaio is running for his sixth term — and based in racism. The fact of the matter is that Arpaio and his allies simply cannot accept, cannot even fathom, that a black man could be as successful as President Obama. He must be a Manchurian candidate or something, right? There’s no way he could have become president on his own, and there’s no way they will show him even a modicum of respect. Some even go out of their way to be completely transparent in their racist leanings about the president. Remember last year, when California Republican Marilyn Davenport sent around a picture of chimps and said it was an Obama family portrait? Absolutely heinous.
But this isn’t only about President Obama. It is about the entire nation and the fact that in the nearly 150 years since slavery ended, a notable amount of the population are still completely racist. They have no respect for the president and certainly no respect for their more melanin-heavy countrymen. The heinous murder last year of a black man named James Craig Anderson by two white teens is perhaps one of the most high profile and recent examples of this sad fact.
Yes, racism is alive and well in the United States. Arpaio, Taitz and the rest of the birthers are simply the most well-publicized, well-funded and well-organized.