In the wake of Barack Obama’s re-election for President, a slew of states have begun petitioning to secede from the Union. A man from Louisiana started an online petition the day after Election Day to secede his state from the nation.

His bold move didn’t go unrecognized; his online site reports more than 36,000 people are in agreement with him in the state of Louisiana. Moreover, petitioners from all 50 states have emerged with more than 675,000 signatures, enough cohesion to reach the President’s desk and become an item to address on his agenda. Hundreds of thousands of people who are unhappy with Obama’s victory are using the petitions as a means of protesting the Obama administration and the ideals he represents.

What is intriguing to note about the petitions is that several of them don’t cite specific reasons for why they want their states to secede. It appears that the attempts are meant to rally a viral cry against the progression of democratic policies to continue in America’s government. The man behind North Carolina’s petition told The Daily Tarheel that he knows the chances of any secessions being granted are extremely slim and that he initially used it as a proposition to show his objection to the government’s growing national debt.

Whatever personal tribulations some petitioners may have with the government, it would be unjust to not recognize the racial hostility that is promoted by the idea of jumping ship. Most of the states that led the viral petition were from states that electorally voted Republican during the 2012 election – places that began to create limitations through voter-suppression laws or supported restrictions for ethnic and gender mobility. As diplomatic as these petitions may sound by calling on the words of the Declaration of Independence to justify the plan to “dissolve … political bands”, they are inherently symbols of divisionism, virtual objections that seek to regress democracy as much as the First Amendment allows.

What ties these present petitions with their racialized past is history itself, which seemingly seems to repeat itself over and over again. The last time states seceded from the Union it was over the preservation of an atrocious act: slavery. As time will reflect, in 1861 there was a desire to hold onto the principles of subjugation that years of imperialism and colonialism had constructed in the minds of some Americans. The secession petitions recall this desire to hold onto the broken glass of a racialized past and present.

What many dissidents and blind petitioners of the present secession have failed to realize is that the glass that once prohibited progress is slowly shattering and leaving holes for prejudiced believers to fall into. A movement backwards such as statewide secession won’t only happen because of the lack of just cause, but also because such a retreat can be – and was on November 6th — averted by the power of liberalism and the 15th and 19th amendments.

Because of the large amounts of signatures gathered on the petitions the White House is expected to respond with their decision in coming weeks. However, it appears that the decision was already made when citizens casted their votes and elected America’s leader – they chose not to go back, they chose not to return to a past that prohibited progressivism, they chose to reject a past that impedes social mobility for minorities.  And although those century old scars still mar several segments of our society and continue to swell up in debates, it is clear that the song for racial freedom rings much louder than the “divide-and-conquer” tune of a half-thought out petition ever will.

  • __A

    Whiny losers. NOW they don’t like the voting system and democracy! They are the divisive ones.

  • Jaslene

    I say let them leave but let me move first. It seems that many forgot that they tried this already and it didn’t work out that well for them. I guess if at first you don’t secede try and try again.

  • LemonNLime

    Anyone who talks about succession is an IDOIT. For all you “patriots” eager to leave the Union, hope you’ve made plans for the following:

    - Defense: You are no longer under the protection of the US so you won’t have our military. Oh and you want to raise your own army, fine, but with what money? Your newly increased taxes since you’re your own country. OH and who are you going to buy arms from because good luck finding a country willing to sell arms to a fussy state that pissed off the US.

    - Finances: So have you created your own currency? Because I doubt the US will allow you to use our dollar. So once you have created this money (which takes $) and introduce it on the world market (more $) and it’s value is worthless what will you do?

    - Education: All those big name research universities, small public universities, US funded grants for education, public grade schools, charter schools, etc. yeah… who’s gonna pay for that? Your newly increased taxes since you’re your own country.

    - Entitlements: You’ll receive not ONE penny of welfare, Medicare, Medicad, emergency relief, etc. OH NO! Your state was just set on fire and now there is a flood! Whose gonna pay for that? Your newly increased taxes since you’re your own country.

    - Business and Diplomacy: NO country in their right mind is going to trade with you. Know why? You succeeded from the MOST powerful country on earth. You think other countries are going to risk their trade, diplomatic, and financial relationships so they can do business with Mississippi (a state known mostly for exporting diabetes)? And good luck getting any other country to actually recognize you as a legitimate independent country! So with no business, exports, or imports what will you do?

    And that is just the start of it!

    Now I’m not a mathematician, politician, or a betting woman, but I would bet you that the amount of money it would take to succeed would push all of these states (many of whom are currently in debt already) into MORE debt. The only difference? It is YOUR debt and the US government won’t help you at all. Hope someone is giving out foreign aid because you are going to need it! That or prepare to sell your soul to the IMF! Either way or you have just gone from being a cushy state in the most powerful country on Earth to a 3rd world country.

    Rather than go through all that, it is much easier to be honest. Just admit you are a racist who doesn’t like having a half black President. Trust me, it is easier to admit to being a racist than it is to set up a new country. I swear people in this country don’t think, a brain is a valuable thing to waste.

  • LemonNLime

    Anyone who talks about succession is an IDOIT. For all you “patriots” eager to leave the Union, hope you’ve made plans for the following:

    - Defense: You are no longer under the protection of the US so you won’t have our military. Oh and you want to raise your own army, fine, but with what money? Your newly increased taxes since you’re your own country. OH and who are you going to buy arms from because good luck finding a country willing to sell arms to a fussy state that pissed off the US.

    - Finances: So have you created your own currency? Because I doubt the US will allow you to use our dollar. So once you have created this money (which takes $) and introduce it on the world market (more $) and it’s value is worthless what will you do?

    - Education: All those big name research universities, small public universities, US funded grants for education, public grade schools, charter schools, etc. yeah… who’s gonna pay for that? Your newly increased taxes since you’re your own country.

    - Entitlements: You’ll receive not ONE penny of welfare, Medicare, Medicad, emergency relief, etc. OH NO! Your state was just set on fire and now there is a flood! Whose gonna pay for that? Your newly increased taxes since you’re your own country.

    - Business and Diplomacy: NO country in their right mind is going to trade with you. Know why? You succeeded from the MOST powerful country on earth. You think other countries are going to risk their trade, diplomatic, and financial relationships so they can do business with Mississippi (a state known mostly for exporting diabetes)? And good luck getting any other country to actually recognize you as a legitimate independent country! So with no business, exports, or imports what will you do?

    And that is just the start of it!

    Now I’m not a mathematician, politician, or a betting woman, but I would bet you that the amount of money it would take to succeed would push all of these states (many of whom are currently in debt already) into MORE debt. The only difference? It is YOUR debt and the US government won’t help you at all. Hope someone is giving out foreign aid because you are going to need it! That or prepare to sell your soul to the IMF! Either way or you have just gone from being a cushy state in the most powerful country on Earth to a 3rd world country.

    Rather than go through all that, it is much easier to be honest. Just admit you are a racist who doesn’t like having a half black President. Trust me, it is easier to admit to being a racist than it is to set up a new country. I swear people in this country don’t think, a brain is a valuable thing to waste.

  • E.M.S.

    Let them try, since they obviously know how to run a country better than the President does lol.

  • Shirl

    I am going to print this, frame it and hang it up in my home!!!! Great Post!!! I couldn’t have said it better. Kudos to you.

  • Mademoiselle

    Girl, if we were in the same bar, I’d toast to that! And if any of these petitioners were around to here it, I’d buy your drink. You made my night!

  • Gell0h0h

    Powerful indeed! Love it.

  • Kay

    Why am I not surprised? The same people will talk about democracy, but I guess that’s only if you get what you want. Like LemonNLime said, if they ever did, they’d have one helluva time trying to trade, settle debts and disputes, and keep everyone housed, clothed and have emergency services. People just don’t realize how hard the people who came before us worked to get this basic things that we take for granted. Some “liberal,” protester back in the day said “Hey! This isn’t right!” And we got things like hospitals, regulations, protections at work and school etc. People enjoy all these benefits and don’t think about it. But as soon as a Black man gets into office, or Black people get a few more crumbs, then it’s all, “This is liberal b.s. we want to secede!” Go right ahead y’all.

  • binks

    Co-sign!!!! But my thing is if you want to leave like that it is called a passport/visa try to get them and use them if you are that disgruntle….lol but I forgot the same people that is complaining are probably the same people other countries don’t want.

  • http://gravatar.com/prxtence Salmon

    They’ll secede Monday, be back Tuesday morning…

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