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Extra! Extra! Racism Is Pretty Much Dead

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One thing that irks me more than anything else I can think of besides the abuse of a child or elderly person is a white person who says that racism is pretty much gone, a thing of the past or not as prevalent as it once was. My problem with these statements should be pretty damn obvious and that is, how in the hell do they know?

What study did they do? What gives them this supposed inside knowledge? And the stinky thing is they are constantly using this as some sort of precursor or some excuse as to why we should end affirmative action or the racially sensitive laws. Or that because Obama made it to the top shows that racism is pretty much gone.

You know there are women who lived their entire lives without being raped; does this now mean that rape is pretty much gone, so laws should be invalidated? Or some kids live their entire lives devoid of child abuse; are those laws in need of being stricken from the books as well? This is the idiotic thinking that comes around affirmative action. They talk about Obama making it and the end of affirmative action as if affirmative action is only about blacks people.

This is one problem with the American mindset. We constantly have this retarded belief that if one person can do it, everyone can. Truthfully this type of thinking is the farthest thing from the truth. One black person being able to navigate life without racism doesn’t dismiss racism other blacks receive. Nor would all the people who live out their lives to die a natural death dismiss the murder of other people.

This all makes me think of what I read over at Brotherpeacemaker that even if all black slaves dressed up in tuxedos they all couldn’t become the house slave. Someone still has to go out and pick the cotton daily. So everyone can’t possibly do it, whatever it is. Yet to take a look at one person’s circumstances and try and place that over all people remotely resembling that person is just plain absurd.

This type of absurd thought never manifests itself around any other behavior. People believe that when racism is down to some unknown reasonable amount, whatever that amount is, then we can start to do away with protections for black and other minorities. I am just wondering if racism is the reason these people are so eager to rid this country of any means to level the playing field. Are these people so afraid that if everyone has equal rights to everything that was once set aside for whites, they would no longer have the upper hand they had with white only affirmative action?

Whether or not racism is constant or sporadic it isn’t an answer to be levied lightly by someone who has probably less racism experience than they do with playing around rainbows with leprechauns.  People need to be more responsible and understand that the country doesn’t exist in a bubble.  Racism is as much American as is baseball and apple pie.  This country was built on it and the rise of ONE black man has not and will not end racism for the majority of minorities.

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Blacks At Fault For Gay Civil Rights Fail

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I was reading the blogs and noticed a post which was about the gay marriage bill. This person went down the line asking questions about the difference between blacks and gays, I guess in an attempt to show how much harder gays have life. Because according to them blacks caused the gay civil rights bill to fail. Unfortunately I think this person might be living in some sort of a vacuum.

Did your parents disown you because you are black? No? Happens to gay and lesbians every day. I can pretty much guess that if some white father and mother are in the delivery room and a black baby is born, sure I think that white father and possibly the mother would probably disown that baby. If a white father brings his black kid home to his white family chances are they will disown that kid and the father too.

Have you ever been afraid that your family, friends, and work colleagues would disown you if you were black? No? Gays and lesbians struggle constantly with coming and being out. One thing is black people “come out” as soon as they come out of the womb. They don’t have a choice NOT to tell people their race, as it is pretty obvious in most situations.

I guess no black person has ever gone into an interview after being told over the phone that their resume couldn’t be beat. Then when they show up all of a sudden the employer decided to go with someone else. I suppose that a black person has never been an outcast at the workplace. I have been many times at ALL white companies. It doesn’t matter that no one knows you are gay until you say so. Being black announces itself.

Did you get beaten up and bullied at school because you are black? No? Happens to gay and lesbians more now than ever before. Teachers turn a blind eye. I am pretty sure plenty of blacks have had to go to school and be called the N word. Or get beaten up by a bunch of white bullies.  This crap did not only happen to blacks in the past it happens right now as well.  My son has had to deal with being called names because he is black.

Did you have to hide the real you and live a lie because you were afraid to be black? No? Happens every day to gays and lesbians. Blacks constantly have to take the views and culture of the dominant white society.  Black people have to go out in the world everyday and utilize a racially generic outlook in order to fit in with society.  Everyone who isn’t a part of the dominant society has to constantly conform, not just gays.

Do you kill yourself because you are black? No? Gay and lesbians teenagers are amongst the highest percentage of suicides. Plenty of blacks have reason to kill themselves. Just because they don’t in the numbers that gays do does not mean that somehow they are not suffering from ill effects of bigotry, racism and discrimination. Unfortunately this has been a part of black lives for so long that we have adapted to it.

Were you ever denied the right to marry the person you love because you are black? No? Well that’s happening right now in California. Thanks to you. I guess this person has never heard of miscegenation. Miscegenation was laws on the books that forbid whites to marry blacks, natives or Asians. Loving vs. Virginia is the court case that actually said miscegenation is unconstitutional. Even when a parent comes to terms with their child’s homosexuality they usually accept their gay partner. To this day you still have white parents who cringe at the thought of their child coming home with a black man or woman.

Oh, and another thing. Did you make a choice to be black? No? Well neither do gay and lesbians. No one makes the choice to be who they are black or gay is true. One thing I can say is that if you are white and gay no one will treat you differently upon looking at you unless you are overtly dressing and acting in a stereotypical gay manner.  The majority of black people can’t hide their blackness no matter what the situation is, even if they do or don’t act in a stereotypical manner.

So now the truth is out. You got us all supporting your “struggle,” yet you’re just as bigoted as the “white man” you constantly bitch about. No one forced homosexuals to support the civil rights of blacks. In fact a LOT of gays did not support blacks and there are a lot of blacks who didn’t support gays. And I guess homosexuals aren’t CONSTANTLY bitching about straight people (and now blacks) who want to deny them rights? Why don’t someone or this person tell me one group of people who are being discriminated against that ISN’T bitching about it and fighting for their rights?

We were brothers and sisters fighting for the same cause and yet you dare to state that the gay and lesbian struggle is NOT a Civil Rights issue.

Shame on you.

No I say SHAME ON YOU for saying that because some black people didn’t support gay marriage that now you are done supporting racial civil rights. It actually sounds a lot like this person was only supporting racial civil rights so long as they felt they would be getting something out of it in return.

They should be supporting civil rights out of the good for ALL people.  But, according to their own statement that they won’t support blacks rights because some blacks did not support gays.  It should be fine to them that some blacks didn’t support gay rights because some gays didn’t support blacks rights.

Well think about it this way. Blacks did NOT make or break the vote. In fact in most places the black vote was a little less than ten percent. Even though the opponents of these bills failed to do much to educate blacks on the issue, they are looking for them to do what they want. So, as usual people will ignore the blacks until they want something from them like votes.

So even though whites were the majority of people who didn’t support the bill, this person now wants to deny blacks their rights.  When they probably didn’t support blacks to begin with.  What exactly did they do to support blacks or the civil rights movement?  So basically it doesn’t matter what they did to help blacks.  Blacks had better support them.

But as we can pretty much say that it always ends up being BLACK PEOPLES fault. It doesn’t matter that if all the blacks voted against the bill it would have passed anyway. It doesn’t matter that blacks were not the only people voting. Nothing matters except that blacks didn’t vote the correct right way in their mind.

Now this person can tell me when the last time something didn’t go the way people felt it should that people laid all the blame on the gays? Yet for black crime, bad education, unemployment, and even this financial crisis that is happening right now has been blamed consistently on black people. And now whoopty do we can add the failure of gay civil rights.

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Sarah Palin 2012?


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It is funny that no matter how pathetic Sarah Palin is or was people are still out there talking about how great she is and how she is classy, sassy, you name it. That somehow she energized the base and pulled Republicans together like no one else could have during the campaign.

Now people are going so far as to say that she will be a shoe in to run in 2012. And that the Democratic Party is to blamed for all the horrible new information that is spilling onto the media about the extent of her stupidity.

Fortunately the Dems don’t have to spread supposed lies about Sarahcuda. The Republicans are the ones who are shedding light on her. And from the extent of her stupidity during the campaign I highly doubt that these snippets of information are false.

The fact that she couldn’t even name one Supreme court decision, one freaking magazine she reads or that she actually believes that seeing a country gives you foreign policy experience lends a bit of credibility to the thought of her not knowing that Africa is a continent.

Her energizing the base is true.  But like I said about blacks and the Dems, they could have added a Morlock to the ticket and that would have energized the base.  They just needed anything to take the attention off of John McCain.  He just was not carrying the ticket like they thought he would.

The thought of Sarah Palin running for president in 2012 is not scary it is hilarious. She will still have to go through the primaries and trust me whoever she is running against will not be praising her like they did during this presidential campaign. She was not vetted by McCain but trust me before she gets the Republican nomination in 2012 those she is running against will run her through the ringer.

I do find it funny that people are swearing that the Democrats are so scared of her and hate her. I find this funny because if it weren’t for Sarah Palin the race might have been a little bit closer, not much but some. She ran off the Independents, Reagan Democrats and a lot of Republicans. She is not about uniting or building bridges, even those to nowhere, between people. She is about ripping the country apart. These people are patriotic, those people aren’t.

Don’t we deserve better from the Republican Party? Don’t we deserve to have them put forth a candidate who will be willing and able to govern us all without having to have this blind loyalty? We see what happens when you play the “your either with us or against us” game. We get a total lack of help from the world and end up going rogue, which is one thing Sarah knows a little something about.

I firmly believe that she is not hated by everyone who doesn’t agree with her. I think that she became the poster girl for the intolerance and hate that the country voted overwhelmingly to get away from. We need to focus on the future and not continue to try and return this country to the past where Sarah seems to live in ignorant bliss.

We don’t need women who wink their way to power. We need women who use the brain which they filled with education to get ahead like Hillary Clinton and others. Hopefully Alaska will do its civic duty and rid us all of this backwards thinking partisan well before 2012.

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Thanks But No Thanks McCain/Palin

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Well it is finally over and the majority of America chose brains over lunacy. We finally said enough is enough of the failed policies and gave a “real” mandate for this country to be given the makeover that it so sorely needs. And for just a split second I felt seriously sorry for McCain. I started thinking back on the disgraceful race that he waged and all those sorry feelings were quickly replaced by feelings of hope for us ALL.

In the words of Brotherpeacemaker McCain just got Baracked. McCain made some serious errors in his campaign and that to me was the reason he fell with a resounding thud. Keeping Bush’s economic plans was stupid. Picking Palin was to me, the biggest of his mistakes. She brought divisiveness, racism, classism and all sorts of negativity to the campaign as a whole. He made a lot of erratic decisions relating to the economy which was the big issue of the day. By screwing up the hot issue he totally showed his ignorance of the situation.

Palin no doubt believes that she will be in prime condition to wage her war of the crazies again in 2012. I am confident that her ignorance coupled with her divisiveness will keep her thousands of miles away from the White house. But ultimately I agree with McCain the loss was his. He is the one who brought her on the ticket practically un-vetted. He is the one who allowed his campaign to go completely negative and he is also the one who did not have a good grasp on the issues at hand. These are the reasons why Barack was able to flip seven red states.

It also looks as if the House and Senate will not only remain blue they are getting bluer. The people have spoken and they have spoken loudly. The majority made a choice that the issues were much more important than his racial affiliation. They decided that we need to have the smartest and brightest. They understood that it isn’t elitist to do well in school. It isn’t un-American to live in a big city. It isn’t socialism to repeal the Bush tax cuts for the richest Americans. A Muslim name doesn’t make you a terrorist. Acorn didn’t destroy the fabric of Democracy. And we are confident that dirty, negative campaigning does not win an election, anymore.

So congratulations President elect Barack Obama. We the people have chosen with a wide enough margin that there is no doubt. We said no to Joe the Plumber and any other names followed by occupations. We said no to drill baby drill. We said no to palling around with terrorism. We said no to guilt by association. We said no to more war. We said no to racism. And above all we said thanks but no thanks to the McCain/Palin political hate machine. Hopefully McCain will be able to recapture that integrity and “real” maverick spirit he lost in this election.

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Comparing Apples To Oranges With Racism

I just had the serious displeasure of reading a comment over at Brotherpeacemaker’s blog. A person calling himself Anonymous said “Oh, and it IS very annoying to even HEAR someone bring up the topic of the whole lack of compensation for the slavery thing… im not saying you are putting that out there as an arguement, but just as a chance to address it… If anyone thinks that blacks were put into a terrible situation, think about how the Native Americans felt when we came in, decieved them, diseased them, killed them, displaced them, and then gave them a few acres here or there, then labeled them as no good drunks that arent good for anything except running casino’s… talk about lack of compensation. Im not even a native american, but i think their plight goes just as deep, if not deeper than that of the black community.

Now why is it that white people such as this guy always believe that we must constantly compare the African enslavement to something else in order to justify why no compensation was given? What makes that necessary? Was it necessary for white America to compare how the Native American’s were treated, which was horrible by any standard, to the African enslavement in order to sort out their compensation? Or did they figure that what they had suffered deserved some sort of compensation in order to at least attempt some sort of retribution?

Tell me do those who feel the need for comparison compare the Japanese internment to the African enslavement before watching our government dole out the reparations, of course NOT. When the Japanese were interned for the whopping three to three and a half years they then received 1.6 billion dollars to the survivors and or their heirs.

And this fool has the nerve to compare two hundred and eleven years of raping, beating, killing, child selling, and family splitting slavery to being thrown off your land and deeply slandered. Lord knows that I have ancestors who were on slave plantations as well as reservations. My paternal grandparents met and married while living on a Native American reservation. I know that those ancestors who were slaves would have been ecstatic to have their land stolen while they moved to somewhere else AWAY from their tormentors, instead of the slavery they knew.

How many times were the holocaust victims compared to the Native Americans or the African slaves before our government decided that it was a good idea to send them billions a year in aid dollars? No one would dare question the suffering of the Jews at the hands of the white Germans. Yet, it is a popular argument to compare African slaves to any and every other community of people who were maligned. I even had a person compare African slaves to indentured servants. Who by the way were not held indefinitely and their children were never made to serve as their parents. They were born free. So is it just the fact that it deals with Africans/Blacks that we need to compare in order to show that “your ancestors suffering wasn’t the only terrible thing to happen, or the worst.” It is just the worst suffering and maligning that has gone uncompensated.

It is a damn insult for any person to try and compare someone else’s suffering in order to minimize in order to justify not only their continued subjugation but also why they don’t deserve any compensation for that subjugation. How many times have you heard the jury tell some family whose family member was raped and murdered that “hey there are plenty of women being raped and murdered in the fields of Cambodia, so we should just get over it?”

That would be some screwed up junk that NO ONE would stop talking about. Yet, this man and his blatant white privilege will give him the gall to sit and compare apples to oranges in a failed attempt to explain to blacks why their ancestors didn’t suffer, at least as much as others. He says this as if he has some inside knowledge as to how much suffering is needed in order to be worthy of some compensation. I can only say heartless, insensitive and tactless, which is also the wording I would use to describe the blacks experience and also treatment from America.

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