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ruggerson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-21-07 06:38 PM
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Thoughts on Barack Obama: a parable about racism and homophobia
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So, Presidential candidate Henry Booth really wants to win the State X primary.

He and his advisors have done the math. He needs the good ole boy, white male vote to pull it off.

His opponent, Florence Dowell, has the black vote pretty well wrapped up, and she and Henry are competing for the white Democratic vote, which will swing State X one way or the other.

Henry is a center/liberal kind of guy. He's pretty good on most issues, pro choice, was against the IWR, is a fiscal moderate. But he desperately needs State X to give him momentum for the nomination.

He knows the good ole boy white vote in State X is quietly racist. Old school bigotry. Nothing overt, as that isn't accepted anymore, but privately held views, hardened in stone.

Henry and his advisors decide to hire Chet Strummer to sing at Henry's big fundraising event down in State X. Chet Strummer is a very famous country singer, with a tawdry racist background. Chet was in the Klu Klux Klan when he was a younger man, and publicly, as an entertainer, had fought hard against busing and affirmative action. He comes from a family that had staunchly opposed integration a generation earlier.

Word of Ole Chet's singing at Henry's fundraiser filters down to the black community, where many are enraged. They demand that Henry's campaign remove the racist country singer from the roster.

Henry's campaign refuses. Henry issues a statement which reads:

"I have clearly stated my belief that African Americans are our brothers and sisters and should be provided the respect, dignity, and rights of all other citizens. I have consistently spoken directly to white religious leaders about the need to overcome the racism that persists in some parts our community so that we can confront issues like sickle cell anemia and broaden the reach of equal rights in this country.

I strongly believe that African Americans and the white community must stand together in the fight for equal rights. And so I strongly disagree with Chet Strummer's views and will continue to fight for these rights as President of the United States to ensure that America is a country that spreads tolerance instead of division."

The Henry Booth fundraiser goes off as planned. It is a huge success, and thousands of good ole boys and their wives and sons and daughters turn out for it.

And, surprise, Chet Strummer doesn't just sing at it. He is the Master of Ceremonies from beginning to end. And at the end, he addresses the racism issue, declares he isn't a racist, and then proceeds to launch into a diatribe against affirmative action and talks about the "cultural heritage" of white people and how it is under siege in this country. He touches on every white supremacist code word he can touch. The crowed eats it up and the event is a big hit.

The blacks in State X are furious. They demand an apology from Henry Booth, but never receive one. Henry Booth blithely goes on campaigning, and the event is soon forgotten in the heat of succeeding campaign events.

And Henry Booth's poll numbers pop up nicely. Looks like he might just bag State X after all.

Would you vote for Henry Booth?

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  -Thoughts on Barack Obama: a parable about racism and homophobia ruggerson  Dec-21-07 06:38 PM   #0 
  - thank you  dsc   Dec-21-07 06:41 PM   #1 
  - Nice.. managed to get Barack's name, racism and homophobia in the title. ::wild applause::  K Gardner   Dec-21-07 06:42 PM   #2 
  - wow just wow  dsc   Dec-21-07 06:43 PM   #3 
  - It does for me.  MNDemNY   Dec-21-07 06:44 PM   #4 
  - Couldn't be further from the truth. But I don't have to defend myself to you  K Gardner   Dec-21-07 06:48 PM   #6 
     - So telling the truth about exploiting bigotry  ruggerson   Dec-21-07 06:51 PM   #8 
     - It's ok, dear, you can admit that gay-rights just aren't an issue for you.  MNDemNY   Dec-21-07 06:52 PM   #9 
     - Is this the new catch phrase:  seasonedblue   Dec-21-07 07:03 PM   #12 
     - No you don't. And thanks for speaking truth to power.  ClarkUSA   Dec-21-07 09:06 PM   #20 
        - Unfortunately  ruggerson   Dec-21-07 09:34 PM   #23 
           - Yeah, you're a veritable Bill Shaheen that way.  ClarkUSA   Dec-21-07 09:40 PM   #24 
              - I'm saddened that you find bigotry amusing  ruggerson   Dec-21-07 09:51 PM   #25 
                 - Has Hillary fired her homophobic SC co-chairs yet?  ClarkUSA   Dec-21-07 09:59 PM   #27 
                    - What does Hillary have to do with this?  ruggerson   Dec-21-07 10:15 PM   #32 
                       - Gimme a break.  ClarkUSA   Dec-21-07 10:31 PM   #40 
                          - His *actions* speak louder than his words  ruggerson   Dec-21-07 10:37 PM   #41 
  - I'm sure that the gays and lebsians at DU thank you for your support.  Bluebear   Dec-21-07 06:44 PM   #5 
     - So now anyone who supports Obama is a homophobe? OMG.. that's just a stretch.  K Gardner   Dec-21-07 06:49 PM   #7 
        - I think only those that are not troubled by BHO's decision on this matter.  MNDemNY   Dec-21-07 06:58 PM   #10 
        - No, but anyone who supports him IS CONDONING homophobia.  Jim Sagle   Dec-21-07 07:00 PM   #11 
        - Baloney. I support Obama and I'm not a homophobe. He made  babylonsister   Dec-21-07 07:29 PM   #14 
           - I don't think you're a homophobe  ruggerson   Dec-21-07 07:33 PM   #15 
           - Thanks, ruggerson.  babylonsister   Dec-21-07 08:38 PM   #17 
           - Then you're in disagreement with your candidate  VarnettaTuckpocket   Dec-21-07 09:07 PM   #21 
           - "I think there are a lot of Obama supporters who aren't homophobes."  jefferson_dem   Dec-21-07 09:56 PM   #26 
           - What are your thought on the OP?  ruggerson   Dec-21-07 10:11 PM   #31 
              - Barack = Henry Booth, if they can't say they'd vote for Booth..  VarnettaTuckpocket   Dec-21-07 10:18 PM   #34 
              - You pose a thought-provoking hypothetical...and I appreciate your perspective.  jefferson_dem   Dec-21-07 10:18 PM   #35 
                 - That's valid  ruggerson   Dec-21-07 10:26 PM   #38 
                 - Re: your edit  ruggerson   Dec-22-07 11:37 AM   #63 
           - And that's it right there!  Forkboy   Dec-21-07 10:22 PM   #36 
              - None so blind as those who refuse to see n/t  VarnettaTuckpocket   Dec-21-07 10:25 PM   #37 
           - Let him apologize. He's arrogantly refused.  Jim Sagle   Dec-21-07 08:08 PM   #16 
           - Hi babylonsister  ZombieHorde   Dec-21-07 09:21 PM   #22 
              - Thank you as well.  babylonsister   Dec-21-07 10:06 PM   #29 
        - No. But obviously gay rights is just not an issue for you.  Bluebear   Dec-21-07 10:02 PM   #28 
           - Sorry to rain on your smear-parade but ...  jefferson_dem   Dec-21-07 10:10 PM   #30 
           - Bluebear, attack me, and let's talk. If this an issue you have with me,  babylonsister   Dec-21-07 11:49 PM   #43 
              - I am not attacking you.  Bluebear   Dec-22-07 01:31 AM   #48 
                 - But it is politics, all of it. You must know that given  babylonsister   Dec-22-07 01:41 AM   #50 
                    - As you know,  Bluebear   Dec-22-07 01:43 AM   #51 
                       - Actually,  babylonsister   Dec-22-07 01:49 AM   #53 
                          - I'll be here.  Bluebear   Dec-22-07 01:54 AM   #55 
  - You left out what Henry Booth told Essence magazine during the aftermath  VarnettaTuckpocket   Dec-21-07 07:26 PM   #13 
  - I hope everyone reads your post  ruggerson   Dec-22-07 10:48 AM   #62 
  - Obama's campaign released an official statement that said:  FredScuttle   Dec-27-07 10:41 PM   #65 
  - Excellent post.  Harvey Korman   Dec-21-07 08:58 PM   #18 
  - Blah blah blah bullshit.  babylonsister   Dec-21-07 11:56 PM   #44 
     - You know plenty about my candidate already.  Harvey Korman   Dec-22-07 12:32 AM   #45 
  - What about Florence Dowell's grocery store that employs KKK members?  zulchzulu   Dec-21-07 09:04 PM   #19 
  - he did what he had to  mitchtv   Dec-21-07 10:17 PM   #33 
  - I honestly cannot tell if this is sarcastic  Kurt_and_Hunter   Dec-21-07 10:30 PM   #39 
  - I was channeling  mitchtv   Dec-21-07 10:44 PM   #42 
  - That's exactly what he did. He pissed a lot of people off on DU, but  babylonsister   Dec-22-07 01:16 AM   #46 
     - Oh he enthused the homophobes!  VarnettaTuckpocket   Dec-22-07 01:23 AM   #47 
     - Get over yourself.  babylonsister   Dec-22-07 01:33 AM   #49 
        - He just "weighed his options" "It's politics"  VarnettaTuckpocket   Dec-22-07 01:47 AM   #52 
           - Sigh. He hired a popular musician. I can guarantee he didn't  babylonsister   Dec-22-07 01:52 AM   #54 
              - You're making a molehill out of a mountain  VarnettaTuckpocket   Dec-22-07 02:04 AM   #58 
     - I'm sad and disappointed  Harvey Korman   Dec-22-07 01:57 AM   #56 
        - Don't be. Why? Don't you think that was his intent, as a politician, to  babylonsister   Dec-22-07 02:04 AM   #57 
           - That's not an excuse.  Harvey Korman   Dec-22-07 02:13 AM   #59 
              - Right on, great post! nt  VarnettaTuckpocket   Dec-22-07 02:14 AM   #60 
              - 'just another politician, not some messenger of "hope" or whatever other nonsense he markets himself  Bluebear   Dec-22-07 02:21 AM   #61 
  - Well done  goodgd_yall   Dec-22-07 02:12 PM   #64 
  - Great effort. Hardened in stone seems not to be generational  wiley   Dec-27-07 11:27 PM   #66 
  - Oh. My. God.  avrdream   Dec-27-07 11:33 PM   #67 

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