How Obama Poisoned Race Relations in America

Arnold Ahlert is a former NY Post op-ed columnist currently contributing to JewishWorldReview.com, HumanEvents.com and CanadaFreePress.com. He may be reached at atahlert@comcast.net.


barack obama race*304A new poll by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal reveals that public perceptions about race relations in America have taken a devastating hit since the election of Barack Obama. At the beginning of the president’s first term, 79 percent of whites and 63 percent of blacks had a positive view of American race relations. Those numbers have plummeted to 52 percent and 38 percent, respectively. Meanwhile, 45 percent of whites now consider race relations fairly or very bad, compared with 20 percent in 2009, and the negative views held by black Americans has jumped from 30 percent to 58 percent. Thus, the idea that the election of Barack Obama would usher in a golden age of so-called post-racial relations has exploded. And the president and his administration bear the lion’s share of the responsibility for lighting the fuse.

The poll, conducted in mid-July by Hart Research Associations and Public Opinion Strategies, has tracked Americans’ attitudes about race since 1994. And despite only a single poll question regarding the Zimmerman trial, which asked whether the outcome increased, decreased, or didn’t affect one’s confidence in the legal system, the steepest decline in positive views, and greatest increase in negative views, occurred in the last two years. That the timeframe largely coincides with the Trayvon Martin shooting controversy is likely no coincidence.

The Trayvon Martin case is one of the most visible examples of the Obama administration’s deliberate poisoning of race relations; all in coordination with the NAACP, the racial grievance industry and the corrupt leftist media. We now know that the administration had direct involvement in fanning the flames of racial discord that brought the case to the national stage. The Eric Holder-led Justice Department’s Community Relations Service (CRA) was sent to Sanford, FL to help set up meetings and organize protests. Among other services, the administration arranged an escort for college students participating in a 40-mile march to “demand justice” for Trayvon. When the situation erupted, Obama then famously took the racial motif national, saying, “If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon.”

Even after the jury rendered its not guilty verdict in the Zimmerman trial, Obama, once again, injected himself into the case, this time noting that “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago,” and launching into a lecture on race — despite the fact that a Martin family lawyer, Trayvon’s stepmother, the Sanford police, and an investigation conducted by the FBI all concluded the case had nothing to do with race.

However, well before the Trayvon Martin shooting, Obama made clear he would use the presidency to provide a platform for the race agitation industry. Prior to his election in 2008, the president sought to belittle small town “bitter clingers” who demonstrate “antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment[.]” In July 2009, when black Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. was arrested in front of his Cambridge home after antagonizing police, Obama, despite admitting that he had not seen “all the facts,” still came to the conclusion that “the Cambridge police acted stupidly.” In a radio interview that aired on Univision in 2010, the president urged his Latino supporters to “punish our enemies and reward our friends,” in the upcoming election. That was the same year he made an unsubtle reference to Rosa Parks and segregation in order to belittle Republicans. “We don’t mind the Republicans joining us,” the president told supporters in Rhode Island. “They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back.”

At a January 2012 Washington fundraiser, the president made subtle references to the idea that if he weren’t reelected, minorities would be denied opportunities to pursue the American dream, while he implied Republicans would be the ones do the denying. “The notion that we’re all in this together, that we look out for one another–that’s at stake in this election,” he warned. “Don’t take my word for it. Watch some of these [Republican] debates that have been going on up in New Hampshire.” The following August in Colorado, Obama kept that meme alive, insisting that Republicans, “want to take us back to the policies more suited to the 1950s than the 21st century.”

If such a divisive attitude were limited to the president himself, maybe race relations might not have soured as much as they have. Unfortunately, many members of his administration have also been more than willing to fan the flames of racial discord. Former Green Jobs Czar Van Jones, who referred to Republicans as “assholes,” insisted that “white polluters and the white environmentalists are essentially steering poison into the people-of-color communities.” Addressing the annual NAACP convention in Orlando, FL on July 17, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius likened those who oppose ObamaCare to those who opposed civil rights legislation in the 1960s, comparing the fight against them to “the fight against lynching and the fight for desegregation.” On August 14, 2012, Vice President Joe Biden told a largely black audience in Danville, Virginia, that Republicans wanted to “put y’all back in chains.” Former Assistant Attorney General and current Labor Secretary Thomas Perez viewed virtually every aspect of his former job through a racialist lens, from prosecuting banks for lending discrimination based on dubious “disparate  impact” studies, to promoting the expansion of hate crimes prosecution, which he insisted was a largely white-on-black problem.

And then there is Eric Holder. Holder, who runs the most racially polarized Justice Department in modern history, wasted no time burnishing his racialist credentials, telling Americans soon after he was confirmed in 2009 that “in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards.” In 2010, after being stonewalled by his own department, Christopher Coates, former voting chief for the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, testified that Holder’s decision to drop an already-won voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party was due to “pressure” from the NAACP. Furthermore, he corroborated earlier testimony by J. Christian Adams, a former DOJ attorney, revealing that the DOJ cultivates a “hostile atmosphere” against “race-neutral enforcement” of the Voting Rights Act.

Holder also turned a blind eye when the Panthers offered a $10,000 bounty to capture George Zimmerman “dead or alive.” As for race-neutral enforcement of the the Voting Rights Act, as recently as yesterday Holder vowed to continue insisting that states “pre-clear” with the DOJ any changes to their voting laws. This represents nothing less than a determination to defy a recent Supreme Court ruling that effectively nullified his ability to do so. Texas is his current focus, but in a speech in Philadelphia, he promised that the decision to target the Lone Star State “will not be our last.” The motivation of this effort is clear: to portray red states and whites in general as abusive toward minority voters — as seeking to reinstitute “Jim Crow” through commonsense voter ID laws, as the Democratic Party propaganda goes.

This follows Holder’s decision to continue pursuing the possibility of civil rights charges against George Zimmerman, without a shred of evidence for doing so, making good on a promise he first made during an appearance at racial arsonist Al Sharpton’s National Action Network on April 11, 2012. After praising Sharpton “for your partnership, your friendship, and your tireless efforts to speak out for the voiceless, to stand up for the powerless, and to shine a light on the problems we must solve, and the promises we must fulfill,” Holder made his intentions clear. “If we find evidence of a potential federal criminal civil rights crime, we will take appropriate action,” he warned. To that end, Holder has set up “tip lines” trolling for information he can use to prosecute Zimmerman. The “investigation” has now been ongoing for over a year.

The reason for fomenting this sort of racial animosity is transparently political. Just like in 2010, and 2012, Obama is determined to agitate and mobilize voters for the 2014 election and beyond and to weaken the Republicans with racial innuendo and accusations. He has tainted Democrats by presiding over the weakest recovery on record, one which is currently losing even more steam, with growth rates being revised downward, and one of the worst corporate revenue performances on record. The same is true of ObamaCare, which will be so damaging to Democrats that the administration unilaterally decided to postpone the employer mandate until 2015, usurping congressional authority in the process. This is to say nothing of Democrat-led foreign policy, with Egypt and Syria in free fall, Iraq and Afghanistan on the verge of reverting back to the failed states they were, Iran pursuing nuclear weapons absent any fear whatsoever, and both China and Russia signaling their intentions to fill the leadership vacuum the president’s “leading from behind” approach has produced.

Meanwhile, minority populations continue to suffer and grow disaffected under the reign of liberal policies. Majority-black Detroit is bankrupt. Chicago seethes with black-on-black gun crime, including 62 people wounded and 12 killed during the Fourth of July holiday weekend alone. Black unemployment is 13.7 percent, compared to 6.7 percent for the nation as a whole. The black American illegitimacy rate, one of the surest predictors of poverty, is approaching 75 percent.

Yet in his most recent speech on economics, Obama addresses none of these realities, preferring to blame the lot on Republicans (who have only ever controlled the House since 2010) and warning that if America fails to embrace his policies, “[S]ocial tensions will rise as various groups fight to hold on to what they have, or start blaming somebody else for why their position isn’t improving.” In the Obama era, this should be interpreted as an ultimatum.

It’s going to be a long, divisive slog to the 2014 elections, and racial division continually promoted by the Obama administration is guaranteed to be an integral part of the mix. The fact that Americans view race relations as far worse than they’ve been in years should surely be an embarrassment for the first elected president of African descent. Odds are, however, he views it as an electoral boon for his party.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/melvin.polatnick Melvin Polatnick

    Bringing blacks up to middle class standards and income was
    the dream of MLK; the DOJ under Holder is attempting to make that dream a
    reality. White conservatives that stand in the way and call it an impossible
    dream are called racists.

    • JoJoJams

      MLK would probably be aghast at the heavy racism in the high melanin content Americans, and would probably tell the “inner city youths” to pull up their pants, talk english, learn in school, and have your one woman/wife, to raise your children responsibly in a FAMILY. No matter the melanin content, the ONE defining characteristic of poverty is……broken homes/out of wedlock births – which, in the high melanin content community, is approaching 80%.

    • Mel Content

      The number of black people unemployed and living is poverty in this country is at an all-time high. Obama is doing NOTHING to help the black community move forward economically, merely peddling the same socialism class-warfare that has created poverty and division everywhere it has been tried before…

  • AbsolutelyRight

    The race baiter Obama should give up two of his personal secret service agents to protect George Zimmerman for the rest of his life. It is the least he could do for his creating such a dangerous and irreparable situation with his stupid comments and poor leadership of his own racist DOJ.

    • Trappedincalifornia

      That’s a great idea & the responsible thing to do after creating much of this mess, but I won’t hold my breath waiting for Obama to take your advice.

  • http://www.clarespark.com/ Clare Spark

    I’m surprised that no one posted on O’Reilly’s grand campaign to solve the problem of race relations. I wrote about it here, with some heat: http://clarespark.com/2013/07/27/oreillys-riff-on-race-relations/. “O’Reilly’s riff on race relations.” The comments were interesting too.

  • M_J_Murcott

    There is a different reading of the statistics in this report, other than race relations have changed over the period, Americans have actually woken up to how bad race relations have been for many years. The majority of the population thought that just passing equality laws back in the 60′s everything would then be ok. The truth is that America’s race relations are so broken that it will take an enormous effort to fix, but the first step on the process is to identify that the problem still exists. That step has now been taken and now America can progress towards fixing the problem.

    • JoJoJams

      Which “problem”? The one where low-melanin content Americans, for the most part, no longer let racism define them or their children, but the racists TODAY are by far the high-melanin content American community? That problem?

  • P_Ang

    When did 7.8% for the nation as a whole suddenly and magically fall to 6.7%. Methinks you transposed those two numbers.

  • okokok

    Pretty funny–you conservatives are the predictably consistent haters–today you hate Muslims, blacks, immigrants, gays, Latinos, unions and even single women; in the old days you all hated the Irish, the Italians, Jews, Catholics, Chinese, Japanese, and Native Americans–to name just a few groups conservatives love to hate; every generation you find someone new to despise; it seems like it’s your national pastime; you are just a bunch of phucking bigots;really are just projecting your own self hatred. Get some therapy and leave the rest of us alone

    • Mel Content

      You lefties are predictably consistent liars. You have to lie because you can’t win arguments based on facts or logic.

      • okokok

        that’s right and perhaps why you RWNJs are running around suppressing the vote with new shenanigans–it’s your ideas, m0r0n, obviously, that can’t stand an honest debate; you all are disgusting; but it will backfire again..

        • ziggy zoggy

          You just proved his point, you hopelessly stupid hatemonger.

    • Clarkward

      In the old days, Democrats hated more; who founded the KKK?

      Y no odio a los latinos; ellos trabajan bien y generalmente son muy religiosos y amable a otros. My grammar sucks but I care enough to learn Spanish, and work in a nonprofit clinic serving the campesinos in my area.
      And last I checked a lot of conservative guys dated single women, hard to do if you hate them, neh?

      I rather suspect that you are projecting your own shortcomings onto conservatives as a salve for your self-loathing.

      • okokok

        You are an obvious ignorant moron who simply is unable to comprehend metaphor and hyperbole, entiendes? Now learn some French , pendejo….lol lol

        • Clarkward

          Was your hyperbole where you stated that conservatives were ‘predictably consistent haters’, or the laundry list of people that you say only conservatives hated ‘in the old days’? Y entiendo muy bien que ud. es una persona de mala educación.

  • Drakken

    Silly black, your overuse of the race card has lost its meaning and all you are doing is stirring up whites to resent you more. This will lead to a backlash and you will be surprised.

    • ZaMan

      So you chose to have you head stuck up your butt, or cover your ears like a R-tard saying “lalala” that’s what brain-drad mental patients like you do to deny reality. and the reality is there ARE racists in America, and I’m talking to one of them!

      • ziggy zoggy

        How many articles that destroy your warped collective worlview were written here while you pasted that inanity? How many sane comments?

        • Questionman2

          SO according to you,Anyone who doesn’t
          rant like a retarded d-head who sniffed too much glue and ate too much
          boogers like you makes no sense? I don’t see how you can survive in the
          highly intelligent world, since you are too retarded to think!

          • Drakken

            Ah yes, the ole I hate whitey and everything is all his fault and he owes us nonsense.

          • Questionman2

            Last I checked, a normal person can ACTUALLY point out racism and bigotry! Shocker, the ignorant a-hole comes to defend his racist bigoted a-holes like you always do. That’s just like you scumbags!
            Merely
            pointing out that such bigots exist does not make me one and I resent
            your slanderous accusation. That is the difference between you and me!

            Pat
            yourself on the back for spectacularly failing to understand the basic
            distinction between bigotry and calling someone a bigot. Quite a few
            things that people say are often taken out of context and someone
            somewhere will pull the race card even though i’ve been saying things
            clearly wasn’t/isn’t been racist at all.

            You calling someone else racist is the pot calling the kettle black. It sounds like you have a lot of hate in your heart.

      • Drakken

        Yes it is true you hate whitey and blame us whites for all your problems, and if we just bend over and take it from you folks everything will be just fine and dandy, and of course how could we whites forget that you want so called reparations to make yourselves feel better.

        • Questionman2

          Spoken like a true retarded inbred turd with no facts.

          You deliberately posted a racist rant that depicts blacks as lazy and dishonest. And a bad shot at the president. And the fact that you DID post it shows your true racist colours, if you’ll pardon the pun;

          You continue to prove my point!

          The only thing that Barack is revealing is just how racist you guys are.

  • frodo

    Correlation doesn’t mean causation.

  • ZaMan

    I guess the racist r-tard here Isn’t black otherwise he wouldn’t see comparing apples to oranges like a r-tard!

    • ziggy zoggy

      Blowing your local porch monkey poitician doesn’t make you a watermelon.

      • Questionman2

        do they give out awards for being a retarded inbred tralier trash dumpster btich?

  • dennis X

    Please provide documentation to support your claim that the majority of Blacks were lynched by other Blacks.

    • ziggy zoggy

      The majoritu pf lynch victims were guilty. Do your own f******research.

    • ziggy zoggy

      D!ckless X, please provide documentation that you dont suck d¡cks.

  • ZaMan

    Which is both disgusting, hypocritical, and ignorant! Obama makes one comment about some slain black teen and he’s a racist. Yet for five years, one party have written, said, and started the most racist, bigoted rants against the First Black President, and somehow you still have to galls to call yourself respectful patriots?!?! Please!

    He certainly contributed to the problem, but he wasn’t the cause! Republicans are the current supporters of systemic racism.

    Being a black president, and a Democrat, Obama has so enraged Republicans that they cannot control their display of contempt and hatred of blacks. Their racism has thus become a far more public and contentious issue.

    That right-wing refutation has been found on the fringes of the conservative movement for years, if not decades. And skeptics have often tried to downplay the significance of the problem, insisting that liberals use the issue to attack their political opponents. But in recent weeks, much the way the denial of global warming has become a conservative cornerstone, the blanket denial of the existence of racism has been mainstreamed and embraced as an empirical far-right truth: Racism against minorities has been relegated to America’s past. It’s now filed under “archeology,” as Rubin put it, something historians and academics might study one day.

    claim that racism in America no longer exist often comes from the same right-wing sites whose comment sections for years have functioned as cauldrons of openly racist commentary and insults.

    http://littlegreenfootballs.co

    http://littlegreenfootballs.co

    http://www.theawl.com/2010/04/

    • beezwaxing

      ZaMan, I called you out on this obvious and childish little game of yours a while back. You ignored me. I told you, stop jagging off and get to your point: you’re threatening everyone who isn’t either black or a supporter of Obama with violence. You say it either explicitly or implicitly with everything you write here. So I’m telling you: bring it on. Bring it on, little man. But just remember what happened to Trayvon Martin when he got so arrogant he thought he could just whip that cracka’s *ss, just for following him. Now where is he, and where’s that “cracka”? Remember that before you take to the streets hunting for someone to take out your ignorance fueled racial rage. By the way, if George Zimmerman hadn’t killed Trayvon Martin in self-defense, you might have been Trayvon’s next victim. Black on black murder, aka, murder in da hood, is vastly more common than black on white or white on black. But here you sit, like a fool and a half-wit, raging out against whites just for existing. Good luck, BOY, because you aint gonna live long with that ‘tude.

      • Questionman2

        Spoken like a REAL retarded racist Piece of crap! I guess you got that from your KKK t-bagger meeting?

        You
        deliberately posted a racist jrant that depicts blacks as lazy and
        dishonest. And a bad shot at the president. And the fact that you DID
        post it shows your true racist colours, if you’ll pardon the pun;

        This isn’t the 1960′s anymore, you klansman scumbag!

        • beezwaxing

          Bring it on, Qman. Bring it on.

          • Questionman2

            I know you and the Klan want to beat up black people for looking at you funny, that is no reason the threathen people on the internet!

  • daisypony

    Yep, those folks who want our politicians, ALL OF THEM, to adhere to our constitution and that is hateful and racist? Do you not think Obama and his harpie of a wife aren’t greedy? Did you know their net worth increased by 782% in four years? That not make you go hmmmm? You want a different set of standards for the liberal elite. You give your dem buddies a pass for any and everything.

  • moneekwa

    wake up. the naacpimps and the likes of al sharpton are getting rich, and staying famous, by perpetuating the victim status of the black man. tell me what has obama, sharpton, jackson or jealous done to stop violence, gangs, and drugs? why are they educated but our kids are failing in school and don’t value the right to an education that the likes of Dr. King died to win them? welfare, and the desire of a check, and these girls who know exactly to the penny how much you get if you have one baby, or two, or how many, and what kind of life is that, on a check? real wealth, good jobs and a future that doesn’t keep us dependent on hand outs or “charity” begrudgingly given from our “betters” is out of reach. that is modern-day slavery. just now it’s keep folks in da hood instead of the plantation. and it’s not the ones on a check who are lazy, it’s the ones like the naacpimps who are too lazy to get a real job and do something useful instead of stand on the backs of their own people. no person, black, white, whatever race, if you offer them something free, would say no to that. so it’s not laziness but human-ness that makes the check look good. but it’s poison. it’s kept millions from a life of comfort, careers of value, good health, safety, and freedom. it’s made generation after generation of fatherless and locked-up young men. satan’s minions would do this to their own.

  • moneekwa

    al sharpton is now a thin moron, and has a hot young fiance young enough to be his grand-daughter. just an fyi

  • Questionman2

    Spoken like a retarded racist turd in denial trying to deny and deflect the obvious!

    John Sununu, one of campaign chairman for the last Republican candidates
    for president, referred to Obama with typical racist stereotypes,
    calling him lazy, trying to be “cool”, referred to him as someone
    foreign, not American. Another Republican candidate referred to Obama as
    the “food stamp president”. Another Republican presidential candidate
    pointed out that he doesn’t want to “make black people’s lives better by
    giving them somebody else’s money.”

    i get that there are racists, but who would ever have thought that so
    many were at the top, or vied to be at the top, of the Republican Party?
    Is it then any surprise, then, that Retired Colonel John Wilkerson, a
    Republican who served as General Colin Powell’s chief of staff, would
    remark on national TV that his party is “full of racists”?

    The Obama adminstration isn’t so much the cause of the evil!

    • AbsolutelyRight

      Obama is lazy, admitted it himself. Obama is the food stamp president, as food stamps have gone through the roof under his watch…he’s the biggest lefty ever in the White House. Those are not good things. Sorry the truth hurts you so much you unhinged loser. But you don’t want to help blacks, you want them to be more dependent on the govt and less self sufficient so they will keep voting D…you leftists are truly evil and racists, since you don’t really believe blacks can survive without all the special treatment you lefties want to lavish on them with other people’s money.

      • Questionman2

        The only thing you have right is that Obama said he was lazy!

        not at all, that program existed for decades, he did not institute it!

        If Obama is left-wing, then why did he just give tax breaks to corporations and not small businesses? Sounds more right-wing corporatist than left-wing communist.

        • AbsolutelyRight

          The only thing you seem to get right is the address for posting on this website, although you are loser who uses two names…..other than that you are disaster and a left-wing racist.

          Then I guess you concede Obama is lazy? You must take your leader at his word.

          Food stamps and welfare requirements have been relaxed under Obama. Moochers can use their EBT cards at strip clubs for cash. Plus he has created so much economic misery by his failed Kensyian stimulus, anti-business policies more people have to go on assistance. Thanks Obama, you clown – you deserve your title – “The Foodstamp President”

          Obama is a left wing corporatist, just like that loser Wilson – not a “right wing” one..if he can get cozy up to those in power to get more he will take it for his lefty ends..He’s a left wing totalitarian – A redundant term. Everyone knows he’s not “right wing” you putz – even your fellow lefty loon travelers.

          • Questionman2

            Spoken like a true racist in denial, EVERYTHING is the black man’s fault! The fact is that the growth in the number of people on food stamps while Bush was in office is comparable to the growth under Obama (percentage wise), and most of the time Bush wasn’t contending with the worst recession since the great depression.

            His style is actually right/authoritarian, if you look at his actions rather than what Fox News claims.

            http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/obama-the-centrist

          • AbsolutelyRight

            It is not “comparable”, you progressive liar. and No everything is not the black man’s fault – everything is the leftist’s fault, and you guys bite by any statistic. Go enjoy Detroit you loser.

          • Questionman2

            Wow. I googled your retarded rant and found this!

            http://www.salon.com/2010/01/20/left_2/

            they are right you know!

          • AbsolutelyRight

            Hey idiot,

            Either make a point or go away….none of us have time to read some outside link with no context or relevance ..you are not that important …you want to make a point make it…your incoherent confused leftist ramblings and thoughts, links etc.. don’t interest me or anyone here.

  • beezwaxing

    Don’t lecture us about ideology, ZaMan. If I wanted to know more about political ideology, I wouldn’t ask an ideologue.

  • JesseJ

    But the DEMS get 99% of the Black vote, right? And it’s the result of keeping a high level of “hating Whitey” alive in the Black ghettos….Expect the same strategy by the DEMS with the Mexicans with the same result when the illegals get amnesty.

  • John E Coleman

    ZaMan , { The Man } ????

    R U asshmme 2 sho a pctur of yo face ?? Mo Fokar !!
    Whitch U meen Bi yo blackass wrap shhte ??

  • Clarkward

    Actually, I think Bill Cosby made some pointed remarks a few years ago that contradict you, ma’am.

  • Silly Wabbit

    I think it would be good to look at some long-term data to test whether or not public perceptions of race have changed markedly since Obama took office. I couldn’t find time series data for the poll cited in the first paragraph, but I did find this from Gallup: http://www.gallup.com/poll/1687/race-relations.aspx
    As far as I can tell there are no real changes since 2002. Another Gallup poll suggests that the public believes race relations are improving: http://www.gallup.com/poll/163535/americans-rate-racial-ethnic-relations-positively.aspx
    I was skeptical because the author didn’t present time series data in a nice chart with years running along the X axis…its really easy to confuse people with longitudinal data by picking a low year and comparing it to a high year. The author of this piece may not have intentionally done so, but without more data I think we should be cautious about the conclusions of this article.

    • Sally

      Maybe you should research these surveys more so you have the data in an x and y axis, instead of criticizing the author for not doing so. You do realize this is an online magazine, not a thesis.

  • August

    The worst part is, that black Americans are smart enough NOT to vote for people that they feel hold them in a negative light where as white Americans are to damn stupid and put there heads in the sand and still vote for a man that hates white people (even though he is half white), a man that wont even show the proper respect during the pledge of allegiance, his wife who said for the 1st time she was proud to be American (when he was elected). White people your stupid!!!!

  • GavinVolaire

    kudos, AA.