Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Benny McIntyre ain't Voting for No Black Man.

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Class mobility is mind boggling. I remember being in high
school
and Jua's momma told us that once we graduated
from college "that where we come from is going to be irrelevant to
people
". I understood this to mean that people would look at our clothing
and the way that we spoke and come to their own conclusions
about which
box to place us in.

Implicit in her moms statement was that school would sanitize us.
On one hand, we would have access to opportunities that our
parents didn't, on the other hand our backgrounds would become
murkey, and perhaps non existent and that it would be up to us
to reconcile that.

This is a lot to ask a teenager to navigate but young people do it
everyday.

This conversation came to mind while reading about Hillary's new
working class identity. Jodi Kantor
writes in The Times,

Whatever the results of the primaries on Tuesday in Indiana and North Carolina, Mrs. Clinton has accomplished the seemingly impossible in those states. Somehow, a woman who has not regularly filled her own gasoline tank in well over a decade, who with her husband made $109 million in the last eight years and who vacations with Oscar de la Renta, has transformed herself into a working-class hero.

In promoting herself as a champion of ordinary Americans in a troubled economy, Mrs. Clinton has also tried to cast her rival, Senator Barack Obama, as an out-of-touch elitist. She has made her case at all the right stops (an auto-racing hall of fame) and used all the right props (lately delivering speeches from pickup beds).

It's amazing. Her husband is single handedly responsible for ensuring
the acceleration of wealth distribution outsourcing.
Read about it here, here and here.

If a $28 an hour job is moved to Mexico, and now pays $3, who is
pocketing the difference? Why do we continue to buy from companies that
move our jobs to other countries, pocket the difference and then
TURN AROUND and STILL attempt to sell us their goods.

This behavior makes the d-boys look like girl scouts.

Never thought I would say that in public.


Paul Rockwell lays out the evidence of Hillary's dual
positions on outsourcing,

Siddharth Srivastava reported in Asia Times, March 1st, 2005: "Hillary Clinton made it apparent where she stood on outsourcing during her India visit...Hillary has been at the forefront in defending free trade and outsourcing. She faced considerable flak for defending Indian software giant Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) for opening a center in Buffalo, New York." (TCS provided hundreds of special visas for foreign employees to work in New York for substandard, non-union wages.) She praised Clinton's "strict adherence to the principles of free trade and outsourcing that affect India directly."

Outsourcing is inherent to global free trade, the attempt of corporate goliaths to move resources, jobs, money, capital in search of profits anywhere in the world without accountability.

Clinton's globalization speech in India would hardly be noteworthy today, except that, in her current campaign for the nomination, she is saying exactly the opposite of what she said in India. She was a globalizer in India. Now she's a protectionist in Pennsylvania, and voters have a right to ask: Which is the real Hillary Clinton?

Not only are Hillary's working class roots showing, but some
of her supporters are actually speaking honestly about
their unwillingness to vote for Obama, if he is nominated.
In an article in the Christian Science Monitor a voter came RIGHT OUT
and said that if Hillary wasn't the nominee that he wasn't going
to vote at all. Talk about party solidarity. Alexandra Marks writes,

Benny McIntyre represents Hillary Rodham Clinton's strength and Barack Obama's challenge here in the Tar Heel State.

Sporting a Democratic donkey on his baseball cap and wearing wraparound sunglasses, this white, retired factory worker came to the train depot in Salisbury, N.C., this week to show support for Senator Clinton. As for Senator Obama, Mr. McIntyre says he's got "nothing against him, he's a good man." But if Obama is the Democratic nominee, come November McIntyre may just stay home "for the first time in 40 years" – even if that means four more years of GOP rule.

"That's just the way I feel, I guess," he says.

McIntyre represents a pivotal Southern constituency for Democrats: the white working class.
My question is, if he has nothing against, Obama, then why
not vote for him?
What is implicit in that quote is that Obama
is a good man, but McIntyre
ain't voting for a Black man.


As the election gets tighter are folks going to become more
honest about their politics?

13 comments:

gforce414 said...

benny mcintyre is the reason we're i the mess we're in right now. these people don't think about anything, they just know what they know, and they ain't changing.

they don't deserve to vote, and they don't deserve any of the other freedoms and rights they take for granted.

they deserve to be harassed and humiliated and shamed. and that goes for every other person who talks about the "race" factor in this campaign, as if we were talking about foreign policy. let's call it what it is: the "bigot" factor.

disgusting.

M.Dot. said...

they don't deserve to vote, and they don't deserve any of the other freedoms and rights they take for granted.
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really?

I don't know if Jefferson would agree.

The Constitution begins, "We the People...."

the "bigot" factor.
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I vote for the archie bunker factor.

gforce414 said...

oh, i'm not calling for anybody to change any laws; people are legally entitled to do lots of things that many don't deserve: have kids, get married, and wear leggings as pants.

living in wisconsin, i see lots of these kinds of people, and i personally don't believe non-thinkers are in a moral position to vote. you might disagree, but it offends me.

i knew a woman who let her three year old decide her vote for president in 2004, because it was too hard to think about. but of course she had a legal right to vote, and of course i was appalled and told her she ought to be ashamed what she'd done. all those women didn't march in those ugly mormon dresses and wool hats for the right to vote so she could throw it away like that.

/rant

by the way, i like what you're doing up in here. thugs and feminism? nice.

M.Dot. said...

wear leggings as pants.

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Gurllll....Me. Green/Yellow/Turqo Amer Apparel Dresses and silver leggins...Like Punky Brewster meets WONDER WOMAN. IT ROCKS!!!!!!



living in wisconsin, i see lots of these kinds of people, and i personally don't believe non-thinkers are in a moral position to vote.
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Morality and Voting. I hear you. But thats a slippery slope. The question easily becomes...where do you draw the line?
Morality is dumb subjective.

by the way, i like what you're doing up in here. thugs and feminism? nice.
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Yeah. I tries. Thank you for stopping by.

Christopher Wilde said...

Let me add my voice to the conversation with the following article.
http://www.futureosophy.com/2008/05/hilary-clinton-major-setback-for.html

Model Minority said...

C Dub....Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

I wrote a long, painful, enlightening piece on my unwillingness to give up Mobb Deep, lets call it the Mobb Deep Shift and I think that your words along with a music video that I saw yesterday, are the final kick in the @ss that I need to "be okay" with it.
Thank you.

"It has long seemed to me that a final hallmark of social equality for minority groups is to have the freedom to criticize the group you are from without turning back the clock on the gains that group has made.

"White men don't fear to criticize one another in any terms their conscience will allow. Black men should have, should feel free, and should criticize themselves and everyone else with impunity."
Dead. Alive. Dead. Up....steaming Peerless.


WOW.
"I firmly believe that the biggest detriment women have in enjoying real equality is their willingness to criticize and expose this kind of thinking among their fellow women. "

Who are you? I am strongly considering starting a site where I interview artists and you need to be on the list.
m.dotwrites@gmail.com. Make ya'self known fam.

Have a fly Wednesday.

Heavy D! said...

they deserve to be harassed and humiliated and shamed. and that goes for every other person who talks about the "race" factor in this campaign, as if we were talking about foreign policy. let's call it what it is: the "bigot" factor.
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That's the one thing that's pissed me off the most in this campaign, and I blame the mainstream media. I get sick and tired of people asking if "race is going to be a factor." Goddammit, race is ALWAYS going to be a factor. The simple fact that we have to ask whether it is or not, means that it will be.

My only problem with Benny is that he should just come out and say what he feels. If he doesn't want to vote for a black man, then he should just come out and say it. The only problem I have with racism is that people need to own up to it. If you're a bigot, then be the best bigot you can be.

And as for Hillary, I lost all respect for her when she started doing shots at the bar to connect with "regular people." That is pandering in the worst way, and besides, she's too old for that shit.

Christopher Wilde said...
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Christopher Wilde said...

Thanks for your kind comments and for reading my article. I just opened my own domain and you can read all of my blog at www.futureosophy.com

After you read all of what I have to say and are still interested we can discuss an interview.
Thank You,

Christopher Wilde

Anwar said...

I think from this election we are going to find a lot of people sounding off on their closeted fears of a black man being nominated. This election is slowly becoming what I thought it would... America's desire to be looked at by the rest of the world like a rich grandfather that spoils all of his children and grandchildren with gifts and riches… The fact is, America is actually that grandfather that has been raping his first born and racism was the offspring. This is why the republicans want Hilary rather than Obama, not because she is a lesser candidate but because a black nominee will in fact tear the hoods off of all of those that have been hiding in the bushes and white house for years…

Model Minority said...

If he doesn't want to vote for a black man, then he should just come out and say it. The only problem I have with racism is that people need to own up to it.
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Diddly D. Its very difficult to own up to the uncomfortable.

I struggled, all last weekend with the fact that I enjoy listening to Black men talk about murdering other Black men. Thats real ish fam.

So. Yeah. Lets not PRESUME that people want to grow. Most don't. Many can. But most. Nahhhh.

Its the "Road Less Traveled".

Model Minority said...

The fact is, America is actually that grandfather that has been raping his first born and racism was the offspring.
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Aiight Malcolm...I mean Anwar....

Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T said...

well it still is amerikka

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