Is It Really Racism?

I like to observe people’s reactions to things.

Yesterday on Facebook one of my friends (who happens to be black) lamented that she was the only person at her office who “knew what was happening” (she was referring to Michael Jackson’s memorial).

When Obama was elected last November, I observed MANY of my friends, black and white, swooning over the historical significance of a black man being elected. NOT, mind you, over the fact a Democrat had beat the Republican. The reaction was a dead giveaway about the true motives behind people’s vote.

While every single one of them said they voted for Obama because of his political ideas, when it came down to it they were excited to be part of the first black man becoming president. Some still cling to the idea that it’s Obama’s policies that they voted for, even as he takes us down the path to socialism and hyperinflation…. I suppose they COULD still like his policies, but that’s a topic for another day.

And that’s fine. That’s their prerogative. It’s completely a BAD reason to vote for someone (just as it would be bad to vote AGAINST Obama because of his color), and it’s disingenuous to say you voted for one reason when you voted mainly because of another reason… but whatever. You can do what you want. This is America.

When OJ Simpson was acquitted, every black person I knew was elated… cheering and dancing in the streets. Every white person I knew was disgusted and incredulous. It was pretty clear to everyone, black AND white, that OJ was guilty. It appeared, at least to me, that the black population was happy that OJ was acquitted because in their eyes, whitey was ALWAYS getting away with stuff and it was about time a black guy got away with one.

Were black people justified in their anger over Rodney King being beaten by the LAPD? I’m not really sure. The police accounts (which were backed up by the video) stated that King was on PCP and kept getting up and fighting even after they started beating him. PCP made him feel invincible and gave him superhuman strength. It’s a scientific reality that those affects are normal for PCP. So if a white guy had been on PCP and acting that way, do we honestly believe the police would have acted any differently? It’s hypothetical so there’s no real answer, but I think it’s worth considering.

What is it about our culture that makes people ASSUME racism?

I have a strong dislike for Obama and his policies. I think Obama was part of the Chicago machine, I think he took money from sleazy unions, organizations, and individuals and then paid them back with appointments and legislation. In fact, I don’t just think that… it’s fact. I think he was literally only elected for two reasons:

One, he wasn’t the same party as George W. Bush.

Two, he was black.

I didn’t vote against Obama because of his color. I voted against Obama because he believes we should nationalize private companies (he says he doesn’t want to, but actions speak louder than words), nationalize health care, abort late-term babies, and play nice with despotic nations intent upon killing anyone who isn’t a Muslim.

Those are some pretty bad things, in my humble opinion. I honestly don’t understand how anyone who is a Christian could vote for someone who adamantly supports late-term, partial birth abortion on demand. I just don’t understand that at all. That’s not compassion… that’s callous and evil.

The problem with America is that a white person can’t say something negative about a black person without being called a racist. I was constantly called racist during the election in 08, because I was always writing anti-Obama articles. I was called racist during the OJ Simpson trial because I thought he should go to jail for killing those people.

It’s racist for you to assume everything I believe is based on skin color.

  4 comments for “Is It Really Racism?

  1. livieloo
    July 8, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    I’m with you 110%.

  2. July 8, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Incredipete,

    Just because a percentage of the population was carrying-on about the fact that Obama is our nation’s first African-American president (yes, I know that’s only half of his genes) instead of his party affiliation doesn’t suggest racism at all. Yes, his race was and is important to a number of people but it’s certainly not the ONLY important thing. The fact it’s of significance to them hardly proves a presence of racism.

    It would be no less ridiculous to say people who supported McCain did so simply because he was a “maverick.” It’s utter nonsense, right? And yet the whole “maverick” thing was regurgitated incessantly by the GOP and his supporters as if it meant something noble or honorable, something worthy of the person who would lead our nation in the Executive office. I frequently questioned whether or not McCain supporters who chanted “maverick” really knew what it meant. After all, we were electing the next President of the United States, not a new local sheriff who was gonna clean up the town, one who would shoot first and ask questions later. It isn’t the Wild West anymore but it certainly sounded they wanted to bring back the good ‘ol days. Yeeha!

    Now, I do agree with the notion voting for someone for a *singular* thing/issue is ridiculous. If anyone voted for Obama simply because of his race, then they’re fools. If anyone voted for McCain because he was … sigh … a maverick, then they need to stop watching action films and actually read something intelligent some day. I also agree those who simply voted for Obama for the whole “Change” thing we’re naive through and through. EVERY presidential candidate promises change. It’s nothing new. When has anyone ever heard of a candidate campaigning with a slogan that says “Status Quo” or “More of the Same” or “If it Ain’t Broken…”?? Again, voting for someone simply because of a singular thing/issue (Obama/Race, Clinton/Gender, McCain/Machismo) is completely ridiculous.

    I know you have your reasons for not voting Obama into the White House and I respect that. You have an educated opinion and I always appreciate hearing what you have to say. All the same, we must learn to govern our passions otherwise even intelligent people will buy into all the mad hype the media vomits onto everyone. Truth be told: Obama isn’t a Muslim any more than McCain is an alien. We should all keep it honest, accurate and respectable.

  3. July 9, 2009 at 8:26 am

    I know a lot of people who voted for Obama. Of that group, there may be two or three (including you) who could articulate real reasons for voting for him. The rest were either on the “first black president” or the “hope and change” bandwagons.

    Maybe your circle of friends are more educated than mine…

  4. July 9, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    Incredipete, you’re a part of that circle of friends. : )

    I think the moral of the story is: A registered voted should know as much about all the candidates as possible in order to make an educated decision, a decision not based simply on one’s gut instincts, feelings or fears.

    Sure, there were plenty of people on all sides who drank the proverbial Kool-Aid. I was just as annoyed at Obama supporters who were shouting “Change!” as I was with McCain supporters shouting “Maverick!” all the time. It doesn’t take much intelligence to read from a political party’s script, chanting the same rehearsed battle cries, offering the prescribed regurgitated talking points, without any original thoughts whatsoever. Ignorance is offensive as well as counterproductive.

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