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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

America Is A Racist Nation?

Before the elections were over I posted a survey asking what you all wanted to hear more of from me. The results show that you want more of my antics around the city and more political posts. On November 6th I posted "I won't let this happen" and in the comment section I was asked to please keep writing about my thoughts and feelings on the political sitatuations that are happening. So as a mixed bag blogger, I am going to incorporate those posts into the rest of the other topics I bring each day.

I do not promise not to offend anyone. If you're offended and can't hear my side of things then so be it. Switch to another person's blog. I will welcome your comments as long as they are respectful. I am not going to get into heated debates on the comment section either. If that's something you desire...MOVE ON! I'll go a round of tit for tat but not much past that point.

On to today's topic:

So apparently American IS a racist nation. You know I am going to agree with that statement but not for the reasons many people would initially think.

On just about every news channel and even Comedy Central's Chocolate News, all you heard was how this was such a big moment for HISTORY. "We made history" What was the difference? The race of the man elected. That's it folks. RACE.


"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

The day that THIS happens is when true history will be made!

If you were one of the millions of people who could have voted before this years election but did not register to vote previously but voted this year...you did so because of race. That's racist and racism. You judged and voted based on the color of someone's skin.

"I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers."

History will be made when that truly happens.

Not when we elect a man that writes this in his recent memoir:
"It remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names.” He added: “To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. "

If you thought the electing of this black man was somehow an advancedment for the kids today who are bi-racial think again:
"While in college, Obama wrote(he) disapproved of what he called other “half-breeds” who gravitated toward whites instead of blacks."

The day after the election a white woman said to me, "It's a good thing for America that Obama won." I asked her why. She replied, "Because he is black." Then I heard her say to another person in the room, "Can you believe the United States elected a black man. This country elected a black man. I never thought I'd see it because we are such a racist nation."

This got me thinking. Where does all this midguided perception come from? It's really so insane.

First: Please tell me what Western Nation before November 4, 2008 has elected a black man as the leader of their country? England has a large population of blacks. France has a large percentage of blacks. Europeans are always making charges about American culture and race issues at us. Where's their black president?

Second: I never hear people say that they never see any Asian people in high government positions. But really there are so few if any. Doesn't that count for racism? No one seems to give a rats ass about that?

I've never see a Jew get elected to a high office either. When Lieberman ran for VP with Gore there was such talk about it possibly hurting his chances of winning.

Third: We've never see a woman elected to VP or President. Never. Ferraro was the Democratic nominee way back when...and Palin who was crucified for not being seen as pro women's issues ran this year with McCain on the Republican ticket. Hillary saw her chances of being President stolen from her with trickery tactics (Florida and Michigan primaries) and sexism. Although I would not have voted for her I think she would have made an awesome President. She had the experience and knowledge to run this country and our President-elect does not.

So yes, we live in a racist nation. We have a generation of young new voters who haven't the brains to understand that they are extremely racist because they voted for a man simply because he is black and they believe that they needed to show the world that they didn't care if he was black. Therefore they voted based on race. RACISM.


lot 2 learn said...

Great post today, But I think you left out another kind of racism that people turn a blind eye to, like the
and don't forget
Racism is alive and well, but it has become a tool now to help those that are less deserving get what they they have not earned. What will become of us in the next 4 years ?

Lauren said...

@lot2learn -- interesting point. Funny enough, living in NYC I get asked a lot about my background. Especially "where are you from?" I always answer NYC or US and it really upsets people to no end. I get, "No really but where are your parents from?" HAHA...they can't stand that answer either when I say, "here" and grandparents, "here" just makes them super mad. I am an American. For me it's that simple.

Babs (Beetle) said...

This is a subject I don't usually get into, but you have a made a valid point.

I think that the word 'Racism' is often used when, in fact it's Patriotism or a sense of belonging, being part of a pack.

I am English (please notice I say English and not British), and I have never been racist in my life. I have many close friends that are both white and black. Colour or race doesn't come into it. But, for instance, when surfing and reading blogs, if I see that a blogger is from the UK, I immediately feel connected. We belong to the same 'pack' That isn't Racism, that's who we are!

The day we can accept and respect our differences, and stop pretending they don't exist, is the day, we take the first step in conquering racism.

Just my thoughts :)

Lauren said...

@babs -- and good thoughts they are :)

Da Old Man said...

It's interesting how the world judges America differently. Good point that we are the first western nation to have a black leader, while other nations, in a way, judged us as being evil because we didn't have one previously. It doesn't seem to matter that neither did they. WTH is up with that?
It is the most racist thinking imaginable.

InRepose said...

Here are some interesting numbers... 95% of black voters voted for Obama.

But what they did was ***historic*** not racist!

And excuse me, but why...someone please tell me why he is black, when he is half white anyway??

I could care freakin less about the color of someone's skin. Most of the people I know are the same way.

This election was decided because people wanted someone to take care of them like Santa Claus, or better yet, like Robin Hood.

Josh said...

I like the stat that 95% of African-Americans voted for Obama -- although, supposedly on "issues." Look, it's a simple fact of life: Once 95% of people agree with a liberal view, the liberals will then become conservative. They need something to stand opposite; it's their whole purpose of existence.

I don't mind racism, personally. At least not on the scale that people voted for Obama because he's black(?).

What botheres me is that people ignored the fact that he was other things. Black isn't who Obama is; it's his self-proclaimed identifying race. The "man" is a loon, liar and a liability. He's dishonest. He's vain. He's self-righteous.

He's the type of politician that Democrats claim to hate. With his win, he cemented forever the liberal stigma of being uninformed and voting against their best interest. There's too much irony here for my poor brain to handle.

I'm done ranting. I like your blog btw :)

Chat Blanc said...

I think racism will persist all over the world regardless of who the leaders are. A sad reality but many of those who have previously been discriminated against fail to see how they too now reinforce new racist attitudes.

Productive Slacker said...

I'm trying to catch up on your blog today. Great post!