Thursday, December 20, 2007

Obama's Dance with White Folks

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Frank Rich had me going. Up, then down, then up again.

All while reading about Obama.


A lot of ink has been spilled on Obama and the White vote,
but what these articles don't mention is that Black folks have
to do a VERY similar dance every day.

We constantly monitor our Blackness. We monitor it
during small talk, we monitor how we use our language,
we monitor the food we eat around coworkers. Oh.
Food. I had a classmate who would not eat fried chicken
in the law school cafeteria. He was like, "baked, grilled",
thats fine, but fried, "I'm cool on those."

That bugged me out.

But back to Frank Rich.

So he says some things that had me excited
such as this,

Mr. Obama’s much-derided readiness to talk promptly and directly to the leaders of Iran and Syria, for instance, was a clear alternative, agree with it or not, to Mrs. Clinton’s same-old Foggy Bottom platitudes on the subject.
this,
But much like the Clinton campaign itself, the Republicans have fallen into a trap by continuing to cling to the Hillary-is-inevitable trope. They have not allowed themselves to think the unthinkable — that they might need a Plan B to go up against a candidate who is not she.
and the really juicy part, which is this,
Part of the Republicans’ difficulty in countering Mr. Obama, should they have to, is their own cynical racial politics. For the most part, race has been the dog that hasn’t barked in this campaign despite the (largely) white press’s endless fretting about whether the Illinois senator is too white for black voters and too black for white voters.
Then I was disappointed when he said,
Most Americans aren’t racist, most Republicans included.
According to who? What is racism? How are you measuring it? Based on what?

Then he turned around and said this,
It’s not because those no-[shows [Rebublicans]are racists;
it’s because they are defensive and out of touch.
Now come on Frankie. Come on. Be easy with the "most",
and "many's", and defining the racism levels of entire groups.
You and I both know that unless you have data
to back your assertions up, you come across person
whose integrity has a shot gun blast right in the center.

Other than that, I am pleased with the piece.

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When is AL GORE going to come out the wood work?

Maybe the plan is to make Al the VP?

But then again
he wouldn't go for that. VP?AGAIN?

When was the last time you had to think
about
"who you were" in mixed company?


What made you think about it in the first place?


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6 comments:

Heavy D! said...

I think the fact that Obama is polling either behind Hillary or at the same level that she is (and ahead of a lot of white men) is indicative that we need to get off of this whole "Is Obama black enough" shit. And what does is mean to act "black" anyway? So what if he doesn't have a mouth full of gold teeth or show up at every debate doing the "Soldier Boy?" We need to let the man be who he is and stop trying to gauge his blackness. I never "watch myself" around mixed because I'm the same way around everybody. Life is hard enough without having to put on a false face every time I go out in public.

Also, I have to call you out for assuming that the majority of white people ARE racist without any kind of facts or evidence to back it up. Without any kind of data to shore up your point, you're making the same mistake that Frank Rich is making. There are enough reasons to vote Republican without having to resort to the "All Republicans are racist because they vote Republican" line of rhetoric.

To be honest, Republicans like Hillary because she's an easy target. For starters, her last name is Clinton. That by itself is enough red meat for the Republican base to gnaw on until the 2012 election. If they have to run against Obama, then they got nothing. They hope and pray for Hillary because its what they know, and as the old saying goes, "Better the devil you know than the devil you don't."

What he said about being able to run against Obama without being racist is true to an extent, though. For years, Republicans have tried to get black votes with varying degrees of success. One thing that they never could do was tap into the Black vote, and if Obama does get the nomination, any hope of a black/GOP voting block is out of the window.

The same is true of Edwards, who's probably the most liberal top-tier candidate. If the GOP had to run against him, the best that they could do is try to portray him as "Clinton lite," but the problem is that the Bush presidency has made the Clinton years that much better in hindsight. The GOP has no plan B, so they're putting all of their eggs into the Clinton basket.

Oh, and Gore's not gonna run.

the prisoner's wife said...

Also, I have to call you out for assuming that the majority of white people ARE racist without any kind of facts or evidence to back it up.
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in the words of Michael Corleone: "Who's being naive now, Kay"


Oh, and Gore's not gonna run.
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i totally agree. he's too busy partying like a global warming rock star.

M.Dot. said...

Oh, and Gore's not gonna run.
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i totally agree. he's too busy partying like a global warming rock star.
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I knooooowwwwww but stilll.

It would be UBER HOT.

M.Dot. said...

DAMNNNN DIDDLEY D. You GOT ONE OF THEM LONG ASS-D TMR from the summer RESPONSES.

I think the fact that Obama is polling either behind Hillary or at the same level that she is
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At the time that I thought and conceived of this post,a little after thanksgiving he wasn't.
I should have indicated that.

Also, I have to call you out for assuming that the majority of white people ARE racist without any kind of facts or evidence to back it up
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Fair enough. I wasn't clear with my thoughts.
What I will say though is that racism is as American as apple pie.
Therefore is it practiced both passively and actively, by some whites, mainly those who are in a position of power or authority to do something.
Evidence.
1.Number of Black men shot in the back or shot and killed because they were carrying a cellphone/brush/ and the cities policy that SHOOT TO KILL is an acceptable method of dealing with someone you presume MAY be carrying a gun.
2.No Child Left Behind. How are you going to give kids the opportunity too transfer to another f*cked up school in their district. LET THEM TRANSFER TO A SCHOOL IN ANOTHER DISTRICT. THAT SH*T would be interesting.
3. Jena 6.
Don't even need to speak on that. It's clear.
4. Imus, and all the folks that went on his show and supported him regardless of all the sh*t he spewed over the years. They went because he served their interest even tho he is a bigot.
5. The failure of inner city schools to systematically intervene and support young brown/ Black men. Its egregious. It takes MANY PEOPLE to help a child FAIL and or SUCCEED.
5.Man. The Crack Coke sentencing disparity. Oh. And as soon as I find out the street value of 500 grams of coke its ON AN POPPIN.
6. DUDE. RECONSTRUCTION. I WANT MY HOUSE AND MY F*CKING MULE. KEEP YOUR AFFIRMATIVE ACTION. I know. THE CAPS I get heated when I think about it. My bad.

"Better the devil you know than the devil you don't."
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thats real talk.


LEAVE ME ALONE WITH GORE.
I CAN WISH CAN'T I?

GORE/OBAMA'08.

THE BUG OUT IS THAT OBAMA might get murked.

BIRKHOLD been puttin me on to the legacy of '68. All that public killing is not good for the psyche.

Heavy D! said...

Sorry about the long post. I didn't realize how long it was until I went back and read it. My fault.

in the words of Michael Corleone: "Who's being naive now, Kay"
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Not naive so much as cynical. It's always been my belief that the average white person walking down the street doesn't hate black people as much as they just don't care about them. It's not racism, just good ol' American indifference. Besides, hating people takes time and effort, and white guys have bills to pay like everybody else.

M.Dot - to that list, I want to add "Missing white women" syndrome. I would explain it, but you can probably guess what that is just off of the name alone. But on the bright side, the SCOTUS recently held that federal judges can impose lesser penalties for crack offenses (compared to cocaine offenses) than the federal sentencing guidelines currently mandate. It's not much, but it is a start.

M.Dot. said...

D,

just good ol' American indifference
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I can't co-sign on this.

See. American Indifference is the
seed for benign neglect and benign neglect is the tree on which bigotry is a big ass*d branch.

Its all connected.

American Indiffernce presumes
that it is tolerated, uniform and accepted.

Its NOT. Unless its affecting YOUR tribe.

And if your tribe happens to be apart of the LARGER COMMUNITY that is the DOMINANT community that all to the goodie mob.

IF NOT.

Vanilla Vaseline.


Oh.

More evidence.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
White_flight

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