“Obama doesn’t want America to believe that we’re exceptional,” Schlafly said. “He wants us to be just like everybody else, and if Africa is suffering from Ebola, we ought to join the group and be suffering from it, too. That’s his attitude.” [World Net Daily]

IT’S SICKENING to once again be revisiting the horrendous reality in Missouri that revolves around racist tendencies of extremists who continue to have a political and cultural grip on my home state.

Michael Brown‘s killing was a seminal event in stripping away the facade and midwestern mask that hides the history the state of Missouri has with racism. Now another black teen, Vonderrit Myers Jr., has been shot and killed, the circumstances of the event still be sorted out. To add an exclamation mark to these events, Republican heroine Phyllis Schlafly has weighed in on Ebola, blaming it all on President Obama.

Phyllis Schlafly, for those of you who don’t know, is the founder of Eagle Forum and the person most responsible for scuttling the Equal Rights Amendment. She was part of the long dead “moral majority” that rose up under Ronald Reagan. As an aside, back when my big brother was in politics, Phyllis Schlafly is one of the people he debated, because he was a women’s rights advocate in a political party that long ago made him an Independent. Schlafly provided the template for all the right-wing women’s groups and other fundamentalist clans who are fighting to take America back to the bad old 1950s, though she’d prefer the 18th century.

As Ebola has set off a major health alarm of the early 21st century, it’s given Schlafly an opportunity to reveal herself fully. Her most recent comments to World Net Daily not only expose her ignorance, but her bitter hatred of President Barack Obama. Tying him to Africa and the Ebola outbreak then hurling accusations that show her for what she’s always been. Part of the racist tradition in Missouri that’s being exposed through clashes with St. Louis police that are leaving black youths dead on the street.

Conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly – author of “Who Killed the American Family?” – said she agrees Obama is responsible for allowing diseases to enter the country.

“There are all kinds of diseases in the rest of the world, and we don’t want them in this country,” Schlafly said. “And it’s Obama’s job to keep them out.

“Out of all the things he’s done, I think this thing of letting these diseased people into this country to infect our own people is just the most outrageous of all.”

[Right Wing Watch]

Recently St. Louis Cardinals fans taunted Michael Brown protesters at Busch Stadium, shaming further the St. Louis community and a state that must be challenged to change this culture that has been left to breath just underneath the surface for far too long. As a life-long Cardinals fan, the incident made me very ashamed, because there are far more good Missourians than racists in the state.

Unfortunately, there still lives a good old white boy mentality there, coupled with a religious belt that makes politics in the state rancid, which was perfectly represented in Todd Akin. I left the state as soon as I got out of college, immediately after my mother died, because there was no room for a feminist rebel in the state.

There’s a reason one of the first questions I got as Miss Missouri during the interview portion of the Miss America Pageant was what I thought about busing. Race has always been a tinder box in the Show Me state and we can only hope the 21st century will finally burn it out.