When returning to work after the re-election of President Barack Obama, I was greeted by a headline in my local newspaper of a local woman who was fired for her racist comments on Facebook regarding the Presidential race. Her name was Beth Oglesby. If you look for her facebook account, quite conveniently, it's been deleted.
But it was too late. The damage had been done. Many people who viewed the comment began taking snapshots of it with their Smartphones and the evidence was sealed in cyber in perpetuity.
The trouble all started when Ms. Oglesby quipped "That damn N*gger got re-elected again. God Bless The USA!" Angry comments followed, but Ms. Oglesby was not deterred and she continued to make racist comments
I'm not really shocked by her reaction. I've lived in Georgia for eight years now and this is the true face of white southerners. There are many like Beth Oglesby and she just was bold about her true bigotry against African Americans.
As one, I'm not saddened, hurt or the least bit upset. Why? Because this was a young white woman who obviously had learned her racist views from somewhere. Which gives a true moot response to whites who dare ask: "Is race still a problem in America?"
When was it ever resolved?
African Americans for the most part are not the least bit fooled by the smiles we get in the grocery store, the looks from whites as we go about our business or how whites feign their so called "colorblindness" mantras. No. we are too hip and discerning to by into that. We know what white folks are thinking--even when they try to mask it. It's not so much what they do overtly that condemns them--it's the covert and the subconscious that expose white people.
Beth Oglesby is a representative of this group She was fired from her job for this act of free speech. The place where she worked began to have their business impacted and had to act. Well, this child is in the cyber archives forever. She can delete her account--not what she did. And the world will read about it long after she leaves this earth.
Here's the kicker: Apparently, she had Black friends. Wow! Imagine that.