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19 March 2008 @ 10:21 am
Racism in real life  
I can't believe Obama's speech. It was honest and addressed what people say when they are home with their families and surrounded by "safe" ears. He spoke about deep concerns that blacks have with the white population. I was thinking...ok yeah yeah yeah because I've heard it a million times. But then he finished that and moved over the other side that NOONE speaks of. White concerns about blacks and other minorities. The dissent that we are not allowed to feel because we are white and "priveledged" and anything that we might see as injustice to us couldn't be because we're white.

When he was talking about white concerns about affirmative action, immigration, and jobs oversees, I was dumb founded. Absolutely have I heard and even spoken some of those sentiments! What I've never heard is a politician take a contrversial issue and admit that it exists, it's not going away soon, won't be fixed overnight, but slowly we can work together to change it over time.

Also, I'm glad to see that he stood by his former Pastor. I have a lot of family in the south and have heard some outrageously racist things come from my own grandparents, aunts and uncles, BUT I still love them even though I hate what they say sometimes. We can love people, care about them, and have them involved in our lives even if they don't believe all the same things that we do. And just because I was rasied with family in my life that spoke of "nigger town" and to this day would be unaccepting if I dated outside the white race does not mean that I have those same feelings and use that same language. So it can be the same of Obama and his former Pastor.

I wish that I could hear this kind of honesty on a regular basis from both parties. Democrats, Republicans, and Independants should take note. This is what America needs, leaders who can address what is really wrong in our country and who tell us what we need to hear vs. what they thing we want to hear.

I do hope that Hillary and McCain take note. No matter who wins the general election, I'd like to see this become more of a trend. Our country isn't perfect and it's about time that a politican addresses an unspoken issue so that dialogue happens which always promotes change.

http://my.barackobama.com/page/content/hisownwords
 
 
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That Girlevaporated on March 19th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
I normally don't get into political debates, and I don't like ANY of the candidates, so I can't get on my soap box about how McCain is any better than Hill or Obama, but, this statement got to me:

And I confess that if all that I knew of Reverend Wright were the snippets of those sermons that have run in an endless loop on the television and You Tube, or if Trinity United Church of Christ conformed to the caricatures being peddled by some commentators, there is no doubt that I would react in much the same way.

Because taking "snippets" out of context is exactly what Obama did when he denounced Don Imus for his "nappy headed hos" comment, which eventually caused so much racial tension, that it got him fired. Those three words. Why is it ok for Obama to excuse the actions of his paster?

I agree whole-heartedly with you regarding our older generation relatives who are ok with tossing around racial slurs - my grandma used to call every black person "colored", as in "That old colored girl...", and there wasn't anything I was ever able to really do about it, and ultimately, we can't choose our family. Most of us are forced to deal with those individuals whether we like it or not. However, a preacher is an entirely different matter. And the fact that he admitted that Rev. Jeremiah Wright had, on more than one occassion, spewed this form of racial preaching, I have to wonder why Obama hasn't selected another church before today.

Just my two cents. It probably doesn't mean much.
chet_lemon on March 22nd, 2008 03:27 am (UTC)
hahaha yes nappy headed hoes was so out of context

wait, no not at all

and that's just a terrible comparison to draw, some stupid dustup with a radio personality being a dick about a bunch of college girls vs a really monumental political speech

i think he was a member of that church for a lot of reasons, i think the biggest reason at first at least was that that was a big tie-in to the community that got him elected to the state legislature. not sure though.
the cutest of the scoobies: Obama Ankenykelbellene on March 19th, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC)
I'm looking forward to listening to that. I didn't have time last night. It sounds like it was exactly the type of speech that almost had to happen before our first black president is elected.

Edited at 2008-03-19 03:52 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous) on March 19th, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC)
Obama
I am sorry to tell you this is a race issue. A black president in the U.S. right now? No, due to all the hand outs we as white Americans have dished out already. We need to start cutting back on these hand outs. and let black America fetch for themselves for a change. Obama would just enhance the hand outs. His action with Rev. Wright is proof! He should have denounced him all together. Now he made it easy for Hillary to win
AJ: Losing Faith in Humanityouttajo on March 20th, 2008 12:32 am (UTC)
Re: Obama
I <3 anonymous commenters!

Awww, you can't spew your racism with your real name? Bummer.

Asshat.
Melodyharm1020 on March 20th, 2008 01:05 am (UTC)
Re: Obama
Ha! I love the calling out of the asshattery.
chet_lemon on March 22nd, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
Re: Obama
who is that? who thinks "hand out" is two words rather than one?
AJouttajo on March 20th, 2008 12:35 am (UTC)
We can love people, care about them, and have them involved in our lives even if they don't believe all the same things that we do. And just because I was rasied with family in my life that spoke of "nigger town" and to this day would be unaccepting if I dated outside the white race does not mean that I have those same feelings and use that same language. So it can be the same of Obama and his former Pastor.

Amen, sister!

My dad thinks the 2nd amendment gives him the unalienable right to carry his (concealed) gun to breakfast. I think it gives a militia the right to arm itself.

I won't even mention how we differ on race, welfare, education, health, etc. Whew boy! Especially not race.

But I still love him more than anything. I feel like this is a "it takes one to know one comment." People who've never loved someone who's ideas they abhor just wouldn't get it, I don't think. It's possible, folks. Promise.
Christy: i like humanitysnoopdawg on March 20th, 2008 12:23 pm (UTC)
I agree 100%. I thought the speech was amazing, for exactly the same reasons.
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