By Valentin Zorin | VOR
The US has been swept by startling news. The country’s police and security officials have announced that they have unraveled an assassination conspiracy against President Obama.
Unlike the March 1981 assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan, which was committed by a mentally ill assassin, this time law enforcement agencies have thwarted a scheme by a group of servicemen from the Third Infantry Division deployed at Fort Stewart Base in Georgia.
The conspirators were well-armed and were working on an assassination plan. According to Prosecutor Isabel Polly, they admitted during interrogation that they were motivated by their hatred of the dark-skinned president.
Strange as it might seem, the American news media, so quick to blow even the most insignificant piece of news out of proportion and make a song about it when it comes from ‘someone else’s garden’, have been keeping mum on the conspiracy reports, even though they first came through more than three weeks ago.
In all likelihood, this can be explained by the veiled but still persisting racism of the American society. Ex President Jimmy Carter has expressed concern over racism, or poorly concealed Negrophobia, which has been raising its head at an alarming rate in the US. Carter’s statements were echoed by Professor John Dovidio, who dedicated three decades to the study of racism in the US.
In his book, he says that 80 per cent of white Americans are racist, on a conscious or subconscious level. Racism in the US is mutating to assume entirely new forms, like a virus, the professor says.
As for new forms, this sounds like an exaggeration. Lynching, bloody massacres of the Ku Klux Klan, remain indelible chapters of the American history. The arrival of a dark-skinned president laid bare what the ruling American elite wanted to hide.
Shortly after Barack Obama’s election as president, Facebook organized a survey among its quarter of a billion users asking a provocative question “Should Obama be killed?” The recently exposed plot came as a brilliant answer to the question.
However, this is but the tip of the iceberg. Dark-skinned Americans, whom advocates of political correctness dubbed African-Americans two decades ago, are exposed to flagrant discrimination. According to official statistical data, incomes of dark-skinned Americans are half the incomes of their white fellow citizens.
67 per cent of African-Americans are exposed to discrimination in employment, 65 per cent have difficulty buying or renting accommodation. The bulk of those living below the poverty line are dark-skinned people, and it’s the dark-skinned as well who prevail among millions of unemployed.
The Republican election campaign stakes on mass Negrophobia. It was media outlets supporting Mitt Romney that fed the public the foul-smelling version of Barack Obama’s non-American descent.
The Republican campaigners hope for attracting votes of the racist-minded electorate. This appears to be the main reason why American news media have been hushing up on reports about the uncovering of a conspiracy to kill Barack Obama.
Yet another ugly face of American democracy has thus become visible.