What the South Carolina Primary Says About America
It speaks wonders about our lack of progress.
If the South Carolina Primary showed us anything, it was that some people still desire ignorant bigotries to guide their political views. Seriously speaking, I wasn’t surprised by the results as much as others were. South Carolina, like many states, still holds some racist and insensitive views.
I was raised in South Carolina and I still remember when the confederate flag controversy was taking national news. As a matter of fact, they’ve been debating that flag for the last 50 years. The issue was concerning where to fly the flag. South Carolina first started flying the confederate flag atop the state house in 1962. After a long fight with activists and other people with sense, they took the flag down and placed it on the Confederate Soldiers Monument—which is still on capitol grounds.
For those who are unfamiliar (which I don’t know why you would be), the confederate flag has been associated with racial violence and segregation throughout American history. Flying the flag on capitol grounds in 2012 is just one example of why I’m not surprised by the SC primary results.
Newt Gingrich and his racially insensitive comments surging in the minds of South Carolina voters sends a message about America's progress or lack there of. Whether it was his comments on food stamps, how blacks lack work ethic, or his clear immaturity when it comes to addressing questions regarding infidelity, South Carolina has performed a dumb act. They've shown a sheer lack of care for personal character and history.
The Palmetto state has a history of choosing the eventual GOP nominee. If Newt Gingrich is to win the nomination, President Obama just might bust out in Al Green song again. There's no way Newt Gingrich could win against the streamlined campaign tactics of Obama.
South Carolina was the first in the south primary for this competition.
Let's stay on Florida to see where their values lie and hope this wasn't a foreshadowing of what's to come