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Wed Nov 7, 2012, 06:11 PM

Thirty years ago, my dad told me he'd never vote for a black man.

Three days ago, he told me that it would break his heart if President Obama lost this election.

Don't let the wingnuts fool you: America is becoming a better place, one heart at a time.

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Reply Thirty years ago, my dad told me he'd never vote for a black man. (Original post)
ThatPoetGuy Nov 2012 OP
Logical Nov 2012 #1
johnq45 Nov 2012 #2
SayitAintSo Nov 2012 #3
Doctor Jack Nov 2012 #4
efhmc Nov 2012 #5
AverageJoe90 Nov 2012 #11
DireStrike Nov 2012 #6
tavalon Nov 2012 #14
mikki35 Nov 2012 #18
DireStrike Nov 2012 #19
12AngryBorneoWildmen Nov 2012 #7
savebigbird Nov 2012 #8
joshcryer Nov 2012 #9
XtopherXtopher Nov 2012 #10
hunter Nov 2012 #12
tavalon Nov 2012 #13
whttevrr Nov 2012 #15
Smuckies Nov 2012 #16
barbtries Nov 2012 #17
Laelth Nov 2012 #20
Grammy23 Nov 2012 #21
ThatPoetGuy Nov 2012 #22
Floyd_Gondolli Nov 2012 #23
JCMach1 Nov 2012 #24

Response to ThatPoetGuy (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 06:14 PM

1. Nice story! You should be proud of your dad!

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Response to ThatPoetGuy (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 08:17 PM

2. WOW!!

 

Tell your Dad "Good Job"! How can you get beyond the growth your father has experienced? Tell him he's a good man and I'm proud of him!

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Response to ThatPoetGuy (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 08:20 PM

3. I love this post ...Bless you both! n/t

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Response to ThatPoetGuy (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 08:24 PM

4. My grandma used to be a hardcore racist

My dad said when he was a kid, both of his parents absolutely hated non-whites. By 2008, she was so excited about Obama that he was all she talked about for nearly a year. 10 or 15 years ago, she was an extreme right winger. She hated gay people, hated minorities, hated anyone that didn't live by "traditional christian values". I'm not sure what happened but she is probably as liberal as I am now.

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Response to ThatPoetGuy (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 08:30 PM

5. My thought is that once you get to know the quality of a person's

character and if you are a person of good character, you do not care about the color of ones skin.

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Response to efhmc (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 10:11 PM

11. Very, very true.

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Response to ThatPoetGuy (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 08:31 PM

6. My dad used to tell a joke

A man meets God and says to him: "When will America have a woman president?"
God replies: "Not in your lifetime."
The man asks: "When will we have a gay president?"
God replies: "Not in your lifetime."
The man asks: "When will we have a black president?"
God replies, laughing: "Not in MY lifetime!"


It makes me really happy that not only did one of these come true, but the others seem possible as well. I wonder when god thinks we'll have an atheist president...

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Response to DireStrike (Reply #6)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 05:36 AM

14. I wonder when we'll have a government that truly embraces

The separation of church and state?

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Response to DireStrike (Reply #6)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 03:42 PM

18. I would bet a bunch of money we've already had an atheist in the WH...

but, whoever it was, would have NEVER fessed up to it.

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Response to mikki35 (Reply #18)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 03:57 PM

19. Oh definitely. There's no way I'll believe Poppy Bush was religious.

I guess I meant an "open" atheist.

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Response to ThatPoetGuy (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 08:47 PM

7. Really good.

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Response to ThatPoetGuy (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 08:53 PM

8. I think the American public may finally be growing up.

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Response to ThatPoetGuy (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 08:59 PM

9. Yep. There is only one direction for the United States.

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Response to ThatPoetGuy (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 09:14 PM

10. I never let the wingnuts fool me...

I always knew we were moving in this direction. This is the real American story. Thanks for sharing it.

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Response to ThatPoetGuy (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 10:46 PM

12. I have my great aunt's high school yearbook.

She lived more than a hundred years and saw many changes. She herself changed over the years and I think she would have loved Barack Obama.

A boyfriend wrote this in her yearbook:



When grapes grow big as pumpkins
When Rockefeller hasn't got a cent
When Bullfrogs start singing Bees Knees
And we have a colored President
When Ivory soap sinks in water
And the crust of the earth fall thru
And when we don't have any more movies
Then I might forget about you.

This boyfriend was long gone when my great aunt married a guy born in Italy, the love of her life, a divorced Catholic gentleman her White Anglo Saxon Parents parents or she herself as a high school girl would never have accepted.

People grow.

I hope we don't have to wait for the hateful hearts to die. I hope we can change them one heart at a time.



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Response to ThatPoetGuy (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 05:34 AM

13. Man, that's beautiful

Fucking awesome, in fact. The racists in my family never recovered, they just died off, like dinosaurs.

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Response to ThatPoetGuy (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:23 AM

15. Wow... very powerful words.

Thank you for sharing this.

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Response to ThatPoetGuy (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 11:07 AM

16. Thats an amazing story. Thanks for sharing nt

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Response to ThatPoetGuy (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 11:13 AM

17. i wish my mom had lived this long.

maybe she would have let go of her racism too. good on your dad.

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Response to ThatPoetGuy (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 04:40 PM

20. True. k&r n/t

-Laelth

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Response to ThatPoetGuy (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 04:46 PM

21. Any idea what changed his mind and his heart?


Whatever it was, we need to bottle it and give it away for FREE. Congratulations for one more conversion. At least his life and yours will be better for his transformation.

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Response to Grammy23 (Reply #21)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 07:24 PM

22. I'm not really sure...

he was always the old-fashioned kind of working-man's Democrat, the union supporter who wasn't a social liberal. That has been something of a divide between us over the years, though I'm behind his pro-labor stances 100%. He supported Hillary in 2008 and "reluctantly" voted for Obama over McCain, and mostly because McCain chose a psycho for VP. So it surprised me when he was this emotionally attached to the President. Surprised me in the best of ways. He wasn't like this when it was Clinton vs. Dole.

I'm still not going to raise the issue of gay marriage at Thanksgiving dinner. But he's an elderly man, and he knows where the President stands on that issue now, and he still stood by the President. So I'm proud.

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Response to ThatPoetGuy (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 07:30 PM

23. Id love to hear more details

 

I love these conversion stories. What changed for your dad? Was it a gradual change, or was it quick?

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Response to ThatPoetGuy (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 07:36 PM

24. My father and grandfather were serious KKK

My father has now voted for Obama twice and frequently tells off idiot racists when and where he finds them.

For that change, I am proud of him.

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