I just can’t say or write it any better than this!! Race, racism, white privilege & entitlement, and supremacy is written all over this incident. The implications are long and deep. Hopefully, not just those who are victimized by this type of behavior and thought will speak on it. For it is those with the power that must work to change themselves and their effects on those they victimize.
Racism = Prejudice + Power… Do the Math!
If you understand nothing else, know this. To be Black in America means “we can’t do what they do.” A dear friend spoke those words to me over 20 years ago and I have never forgotten them. Forget making derisive remarks about others in the public square, the fact is we aren’t allowed to get angry or show disappointment openly. To be labeled “difficult” or “angry” is to be marginalized. For African American men and women the vicious stereotypes around what is deemed “aggressive” for us but standard behavior for others is often the difference between a paycheck and the soup line.
“Who do you think you are?” I’ve been asked. “You think a lot of yourself,” the same boss said. I collected myself and quietly left his office that day. I ain’t nobody’s saint but, like Obama, there was nothing I could say without getting frog-marched out of the building.
So Obama will say nothing. He will never address the malicious attacks on his character by respected journalists or side-show carnival barkers. He can’t. He cannot say a nary word about how utterly indecent it all is.
There is something to be said about what we’re becoming. Or maybe it’s about what we’ve always been. A nation with two sets of rules. Mark Halperin may as well have called the president an “uppity Negro.” We’ve been here before. – Goldie Taylor
The healthcare debate needed this. Instead of the “birthers” & “deathers” we needed a dose of reality. Straight Talk. Begrudgingly, this morning (I typically can’t stand the smugness and self-righteousness which is Joe Scarborough), I turned to Morning Joe and became riveted to the television. I couldn’t remember the last time I heard as thorough an argument against the current system of healthcare while dropping balanced rhetoric explaining why a single payer system, while not perfect, would constitute real healthcare reform and why a public option is the least that progressive democrats can settle for.
I think I have a pretty good handle on the politics here. The President wants a bipartisan bill and the polls seem to indicate that the American people want both parties to work together. I completely understand this sentiment. The problem seems to be that while the President has reached out to Republicans the ideological gap between the two parties seems to indicate that the Republicans will not vote for any compromised bill. They will not vote for single payer, thepublic option or the co-operatives that have been recently discussed. The Republicans will not vote for any version of a healthcare reform bill that they have demonized and demagogued and that their shrinking political base has railed against for weeks now. They truly are the party of no. Bipartisanship is a means,not an end. And it seems disingenuous to me for Republicans to claim the Democrats are averse to the bipartisanship that they refuse to commit too. Frank Luntz put out the GOP talking points months ago. Republicans were instructed to say they were in favor of reform but to attack any reform measures as an attack on personal liberties and to frame the debate around the notion of a government takeover of healthcare. This practice is in full effect. It’s time to turn the tables and I think Rep Anthony Weiner (D-NY) may have just helped our cause.
Updated: August 25, 2009
This guy should be tapped by the President to explain what the Healthcare Reform Bill is…when there is one Healthcare Reform Bill. Even a right-wing zealot can understand this guy…I mean if they actually live on planet Earth and not some mythical place they made up in their own head.
I find this topic insulting to my core. The idea that McCain and his surrogates can charge that Obama is playing the race card after 4 straight negative ads that have run since Obama’s much heralded trip abroad is just plain grotesque politics and I am highly offended..On MSNBC’s Morning Joe program it was discussed openly that McCain’s campaign had made a fundamental decision last weekend to attack Obama as much as possible so they could do a few things: 1. Keep Obama on the defensive 2. Control the airwaves and not let Obama control the debate.Now how will this help McCain? By controlling the media jargon you distract the media and the public from “real” issues (ie. Exxon Mobil’s record profits, rising unemployment & food prices and a continually failing housing market – all which has happened under a Republican administration). By keeping Obama on the defensive you keep him from talking about the issues and you again distract those casual voters from the real issues.The idea that Obama is playing the race card is just straight lunacy. Obama has tried to keep the discussion from race for the entire campaign. We all know that a political campaign infused with race is a losing proposition for Obama. It makes no sense.When Obama (a Black man) says that the republicans are goimg to try to make you afraid of him by pointing out his “funny name” (we all know that when Fox News and their pundits continue to refer to him as Barack HUSSEIN Obama they are preying on electorate fears of Muslims and terrorism), and his Blackness (numerous republicans and the RNC ran adds during the primary season that were at best racially tinged to again draw out fears held by a largely white electorate) he has a valid historical point (remember the Willie Horton ad) and this latest “race card” attack is along the same lines. A Black man discussing his blackness as positive is vastly different from republicans or the RNC or swiftboat type organizations discussing race as a way to draw out fears of the white electorate. Just because Obama discusses his race does not mean that he is playing the race card. One is discussing the elephant in the room (All the other 40 or so presidents and vice presidents have been WHITE males…this fact in and of itself is a referendum on racism in America) and the other is “playing” the race card. In a campaign where it is widely known that discussions of race hurt Obama…why is the McCain campaign so eager to discuss race and accuse Obama of playing the race card? This is shades of the Rev Wright controversy all over again. The right wing is very good at talking about race and drawing out it’s negativity as it relates to the white electorate and then hiding it’s hands as if they are not responsible for it. This is an old game…and I am not buying it…you shouldn’t either.