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shirley-templeAt the passing of this legend of the silver screen and former US Ambassador to two nations, we should pause to honor her.  She wasn’t a celebrity as we know them today:  Naked, Drugged, Profane, Abused, Abusive, in Jail, or in Rehab.  This was a woman of class and distinction.  The nation should recognize her for her service.

Shirley Temple was born on 28 April 1928.  It is too late for the President to order flags at half-staff—if he hasn’t thought to by now, it won’t happen.  This petition is to get him to do SOMETHING.

I propose 28 April 2014 be declared “Shirley Temple Black Day”.  Join me in this please.

Petition

Thanks!

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MARYLAND RACIAL POLITICS“Michael Steele, who is the first African-American to chair the Republican National Committee, denied Wednesday that race is fueling protests.

President Carter is flat-out wrong,” Steele said in a statement. “This isn’t about race. It is about policy.”

So can we put this question to bed yet?

No.

You see, both Carter and Steele are wrong.

This is the polarization I talked about earlier.  No pun intended, but such matters are not always Black and White.  In this case, one has to admit that there are those who oppose Obama because he is Black, but one also has to admit there are those who oppose him at the policy and principle level of the issues.  And some people may be in both categories.

But let’s not lump everyone in one camp or the other.  Mr Steele is likely not a racist and he opposes his fellow African American, Barack Obama.  Likewise, I am not opposing my fellow African American, Barack Obama, on the basis of race either.

Of course, let’s keep it real here too:  I am negatively targeted by other African Americans who feel I should be fully behind the president come Hell or high water.

Ain’t that American values for you?!?!?!?!?

MORE:

https://trebord.wordpress.com/2009/09/16/racism-and-barack-obama-1/

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/09/15/carter.obama/index.html

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/09/16/feehery.tea.parties.gop/index.html?iref=werecommend

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You think?

Sure, racism plays a role in the opposition facing President Obama, but the problem I have with this—aside from the fact that it’s true—is that it becomes an “out” and a race card for all those in lock-step with the Democrats, Liberals, and President Obama.  It feels like an attempt to polarize the country along racial lines.  Are “they” trying to shame us into quelling our opposition lest we be labeled a racist?  Perhaps.

But let’s face it:  Racism is a contributing factor to his being IN the White House in the first place.  People like my dad are dyed-in-the-wool Democrats but more than that, my dad wanted to live long enough to vote for and see a Black president.  It would not have mattered if it were Fifty Cent or Barack Obama as long as he’s a Democrat.  And as I canvassed for Barack in the primary here in Indiana, I encountered many other African Americans who pledged their votes based on race alone.  The response of “of course I’m voting for Barack” as given indignantly at times as if to say why would they not vote for the Black candidate.  So what about those who voted for him just because he IS African American?  Just as reverse discrimination is still discriminitation, reverse racism is still racism.

Since that time, my position has changed and I would not again canvass for the man.  And as much as I am my father’s son, I am also an independent thinker.  I oppose the liberal agenda that has been revealed since the primaries and do not support Barack Obama.  Am I a racist as one person suggested in a recent comment?  I don’t think so.  That means I do not support him just because I am an African American.  It also means I do not oppose him because he is an African American either.

I stated this in an earlier post:

We needed to be able to oppose Bush and his actions regarding Iraq without being labelled “unpatriotic”.

We now need to be able to oppose Obama without being labelled “racist”.

When people oppposed Clinton, what were they?  Anti-Arkansan?

Let’s put the labels aside and stop hiding behind them to shame others into agreeing with a point of view.  People have opposed every modern president and they always will.  Get over it.

You see, having a Black president doesn’t advance race relations—it has become and will increasingly be a polarizing event in race relations in the US.  Had he not won, it would have been due to racism.  That fact that he won is in part due to the large numbers of Blacks who came out to vote—a form of reverse racism.  And there are those who will always resent having a Black in the White House.

Racism exists in this country and where it needs to be fixed is not in Washington, but right here on my street—right here in Indianapolis—across Indiana.  It needs to be fixed in the workplace.  It needs to be fixed in 49 other states as well.  It’s easy to throw stones at Washington and ignore the problem in our backyards.

MORE:

https://trebord.wordpress.com/2009/09/16/racism-and-barack-obama-2/

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/09/15/carter.obama/index.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8258805.stm

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/13/opinion/13dowd.html?_r=3

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/09/16/feehery.tea.parties.gop/index.html?iref=werecommend

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This election, unlike any other, has electrified the African American voter—so often before complacent with such matters—and pushed many into the deep end of the political pool.  However, with all of excitement elicited by Barack Obama’s candidacy, the African American voter owes it to himself or herself to step back and examine the situation more closely.

For those who say “It’s time we had a Black president”, please do not vote!  Your bitterness and resentment over years of minoritization is no excuse for blindly electing a man who is barely qualified to be a mayor or a governor.

For those who say “I’m going to vote for one of my own”, that’s what you will do no matter which man you vote for.  At the heart of the matter, you are an American—just like the candidates.  Place of birth aside, it is widely accepted that Obama and McCain share your nationality.

For those who say “I never thought I’d live to see a Black president”, I caution you to not hastily jump at this chance just to say you experienced something.  After all, what will it truly matter in your life?  As an experiment, try to imagine this country under “President Jackson” or “President Keyes” or even “President Sharpton”.  I cannot!

Having an African American president is not the end-all, be-all, that many Blacks in this country might think.  There will be no racial validation just because one man ascends to this office.

A “friend” of mine sends me endless emails about why Barack should be president.  In many of them, I see bits of resentment and bigotry.  I am actually saddened by the African American groundswell of sentiment which says, in essence, “It’s our turn now”.

My father—estranged for other reasons—will most assuredly vote for Barack for the following reasons:

1.  Barack is Black.

2.  Barack is a Democrat.

3.  My father wants to vote for a man that looks like him.

Being Black is not a qualification to be president.  Being a particular party member is not a qualification either.  And thank goodness, the president has no genetic or other responsibility to resemble me or my father.

If you want to vote for Barack Obama, do so because you believe he is the best candidate—not because of his race.  Affirmative Action does not apply to the White House.

On the other hand, I will not vote for John McCain simply because he is a Republican—as am I.  My vote will go to John McCain because I believe he has the experience as a senator of 20+ years to lead this country.  While not the best choice either, Senator McCain is the better choice over a junior senator with very little real experience.

My preference would have been for Mike Huckabee, but this country just wasn’t ready for that type of leadership—and may never be ready for it.

 

https://trebord.wordpress.com/2008/10/20/the-african-american-vote-2008-part-ii/

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