In that weird and sometimes wonderful land called America we have the first ever Black presidential candidate, Barack Obama,
"strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees" so sang the great blues / Jazz singer Billie Holiday, the song is about the lynching of Black Americans, a practice which was still happening in the 1950's so, well done America, this is progress.
Can he win ? after 8 Yrs. of the worst American President ever IMO, he should be a stick on certainty but, recent events show what he is going to have to 'overcome'
Obama and his wife Michelle were photographed celebrating by touching their clenched knuckles together known as the "the fist bump"
The New York Times called it a "closed fisted high-five" as demonstrated by sportsmen and women and, mainly youths who want to look 'hip'
like Mike Russell of the SNP I prefer a 'hand shake'
In a quite stunning and sinister intervention Rupert Murdoch's Fox News called it a "terrorist fist jab" anyone who hasn't seen Fox News should have a look, it makes The Daily Mail look Liberal, it's Joe McCarthy for our modern times.
Despite the progress that I described earlier, America still has this dark shadow over it and it brings shame on the millions of decent Americans who abhor racism.
We have to consider that a national/international news station (Fox News)saw fit to print this, newspapers today are carrying pictures of the following people doing the "fist bump" Bett Middler, Oprah Winfrey, Prince Charles, Robbie Williams, The Dalai Lama, Will Smith, Tom Cruise, Tiger Woods and Prince Andrew to name a few. Are Fox worried about looking ridiculous ? No they are not.
Some people, and I think most of us here would probably think it's a sick joke, we think it's ridiculous, but it's not. Fox News have run with it because they know that a significant amount of Americans will buy it.
This legendary American satirist would have understood, " no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people" - H L Mencken.
Sometimes progress seems like one step forward and two steps back I fear for Obama's chances and more importantly for his safety but I hope I'm wrong, for his sake and for America.
A black candidate is the step forward and what is likely to be the prominence of the race issue is the two steps back, trust me, there is a lot worse to come from the odious owners and commentators on Fox and others who will join in.