Reblogged from The Secular Jurist:
This photo provided by Jameson Hsieh shows a clown wearing a mask intended to look like President Obama at the Missouri State Fair on Saturday Aug. 10, 2013. (Photo by Jameson Hsieh/AP)
Just weeks after President Obama attempted to bridge a national divide over the George Zimmerman verdict, the rhetoric surrounding race in America is increasingly hot. In the last month, several ugly episodes surrounding anti-Obama protests have prompted bipartisan denunciations, and ignited debate over the role of race in conservative opposition to the president. During the same period, Republican officials have excoriated prominent Democrats over remarks on race that they consider inflammatory.
This weekend, a state fair in Missouri featured a rodeo clown dressed as President Obama. According to one widely shared account by an attendee, “the crowd went wild” after announcers asked who wanted to see Obama “run down by a bull.” The attendee, Perry Beam, likened the scene to “some kind of Klan rally.”
Commentary by The Secular Jurist: It is our contention that this kind of racial animus is just the tip of a dangerously large iceberg floating beneath the turbulent seas of American politics. Contrary to mainstream opinion, the nation’s inherent cultural disharmony plays a more central role in determining the outcome of elections than does topical domestic and foreign policy issues. We demonstrate our case by comparing the 1896 and 2012 presidential election maps. See: http://thesecularjurist.wordpress.com/2013/08/12/what-would-the-u-s-look-like-if-it-split-into-two-nations/