I think it is kind of ironic that the Berlin Wall fell 25 years ago today. Supposedly it was one of the key events in the collapse of Communism and it led to the unification of Germany.
Americans view this event as ronald reagan's greatest foreign policy achievement.
I say that this is ironic because 25 years later, here in America, the country is more divided that ever.
White folks blame president Obama, but we (meaning those of a darker hue) know better.
We understand that the election of Barack Obama made racial matters worse because certain people resented his presidency and everything it stood for.
They pretend that they wanted racial harmony, but they did not. Eric Holder said we were "cowards" when it comes to race, but what he should have said is that we are stubborn and ignorant.
Right now there is a sort of political Apartheid going on in the Southern part for the country, where minorities vote one way and folks in the majority population vote another.
This, of course, is having an adverse effect on the democratic party, because it is a party which tends to have an overwhelming number of minority supporters.
Think about this for a minute, after the defeat of John Barrow in Georgia , there are now zero white congressmen from the South. ZERO. White men have figured out which party they belong to, and they are smart enough to jump ship from the one that is getting increasingly darker.
"Mr. Gorbachev tear down this wall" was the American president telling the Russian leader to let East Berlin join the West so that Germany could be reunited. He should have been paying attention to his own legacy and the country he ruled.
Instead of making America an example to the rest of the world, ronald reagan was doing his best to make it just another example of a country steeped in racial and social inequality. He was proud of the of country that he helped to create and he was its biggest cheerleader.
"Reagan’s race-baiting continued when he moved to national politics. After securing the Republican nomination in 1980, Reagan launched his official campaign at a county fair just outside Philadelphia, Mississippi, the town still notorious in the national imagination for the Klan lynching of civil rights volunteers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner 16 years earlier. Reagan selected the location on the advice of a local official, who had written to the Republican National Committee assuring them that the Neshoba County Fair was an ideal place for winning “George Wallace inclined voters.” Neshoba did not disappoint. The candidate arrived to a raucous crowd of perhaps 10,000 whites chanting “We want Reagan! We want Reagan!”—and he returned their fevered embrace by assuring them, “I believe in states’ rights.” In 1984, Reagan came back, this time to endorse the neo-Confederate slogan “the South shall rise again.” As New York Times columnist Bob Herbert concludes, “Reagan may have been blessed with a Hollywood smile and an avuncular delivery, but he was elbow deep in the same old race-baiting Southern strategy of Goldwater and Nixon.”'
The Wall is gone in Berlin, but there is still one in Philadelphia, Mississippi.