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Bjorn Against Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:09 AM
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If Martin Luther King were alive today he would be accused of playing the "race card"
Edited on Sat Mar-15-08 11:13 AM by MN Against Bush
As a white man I have never experienced what it is like to be black. It would be really easy for me to ignore the reality of what it means to be a minority in this country. It would be really easy for me to pat myself on the back and congratulate myself because I have never marched down the street with a white hood over my head, I never burned a cross in a person's yard, and I have never yelled out the "n-word" when I saw a black man walking down the street. It would be so easy for me to say, "I am not a racist!" and then go and condemn people like Pastor Wright for bluntly speaking out on issues of race in the way that he did.

Yes, it would be easy for me to do that, but it is always much more difficult to try to understand the reality that so many have tried so desperately not to see. I usually don't notice it when I walk into a store and I am not being followed around by security because they are too busy watching the black man, I usually don't notice it when I am not being pulled over by cop because my skin color makes them presume I am innocent, I usually don't notice it when people automatically assume that I am more qualified to handle a task than another person who just happens to be black. It is so easy to not notice the ways in which I am treated better by society because of my skin color, it is much more difficult to imagine what it would be like to live a life in which I had to deal directly with racism.

There is racism all around us, and most of us don't see it. Blacks are still being treated differently by our court system, they are still way more likely to be sent to prison for using the exact same drugs that whites are also using. They are more likely to have their names purged from the voter rolls. And when it comes time for the city to make new infrastructure improvements it is usually the white neighborhoods that get those improvements first while the black neighborhoods are left to deteriorate.

Yet the moment the black community points out these discrepancies they are accused of playing the "race card". If they point racism they are told they are playing this race card to their own advantage, and they are left asking themselves how they ever got this race card when they were never even dealt a hand in the first place. They know damn well that their race has never been an advantage for them in American society, and yet they constantly hear white people complaining about them having a race card that they can play.

And when a man like Pastor Wright speaks out and says what many of them are feeling, all of a sudden white people are screaming about racism. When white people are complaining about being the victims of racism all of a sudden these charges of using the race card disappear, and in fact it is usually the very people who scream loudest against the use of the race card in pointing out racism against blacks who seem most upset about racism against whites.

As a white person myself though I have to wonder how many of the white people who are screaming about Wright being racist against them are truly and honestly hurt by anything Wright said. I am seeing a lot of mock outrage, and I am doubting that there are too many people right now who are in tears because they have been hurt so badly by anything Wright said. I am not seeing people go through the type of pain that real racism brings over these comments, in fact I am seeing a lot of people gleefully denouncing Wright knowing full well that they can use his words to their advantage. It makes me feel ashamed to know that there is still so much racism in this world and yet we are getting up denouncing the words a man who has been a victim of racism his entire life.

Before anyone accuses me of being some die-hard Obama supporter, I need to make it clear that I am not. I did not vote for Obama in my caucus, and instead voted for a man who had already dropped out of the race. I have been very critical of Obama in the past, and there is not a single criticism I have made of him that I do not still stand by today. Just because I am not a huge fan of Obama though that does not mean I will not defend him from the filth that has been thrown at him in the last week. First he was attacked by Ferraro on the basis of his race, then when Ferraro's racism was called out he was accused of playing the "race card". Just a couple days later though the same people accusing him of playing the race card were now accusing him of being racist against whites. It sickens me, and I am not going to stand by silently while people engage in these repulsive attacks.
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stray cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:10 AM
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1. Didn't Kennedy ask him to tone it down and not rock the boat?
I thought that was the case but MLK and others stayed on course
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bicentennial_baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:11 AM
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2. Most excellent post!!
Well reasoned and thoughtful. Thank you. :hug:
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Enrique Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:12 AM
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3. I agree with you up until a point
at the point where I heard Wright talking about Hillary, I stopped giving him very much credibility.
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Bjorn Against Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:15 AM
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4. I will admit he should have left Hillary out of it...
He is preaching at a tax-exempt church, and he should show more respect for the separation of church and state. I am not claiming to agree with him on everything, but I don't think we should be screaming about racism against whites over anything he said.
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mrcheerful Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:26 AM
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5. Race Card = uppity n***** telling america about the injustices of a minority
another words, puke code word to discredit anything a minority says about america's social short comings. Funny how its been used so much that nobody gives it a second thought about it or how its used against minorities when they get around to voicing their opinions. Yet notice how nothing is said about the white crazies who preach open hate, in fact pukes bring them on stage and encourage them to spew hate and fear.
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Bjorn Against Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 12:15 PM
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9. If there is such a thing as a race card it is being played by the racists not the minority
They don't like their racism being pointed out and so the attack minorities for playing the race card whenever they speak out, but throughout history the only race that was able to use any sort of race card to their advantage was whites. It is now the tactic of racists to pretend that they are at a disadvantage, and pretend that minorities have a card they can play that whites do not have. That is a racist lie though, and it is important that people recognize how the term "race card" comes from racist beliefs.
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MaryCeleste Donating Member (898 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 01:04 PM
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10. I seen the race card played fraudulently in the work place...
In those cases it was done by under performing individuals unwilling to either step up or accept the consequences of their actions. It really pisses me off when that happens. Every false claim undermines the real ones that are out there.
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k8conant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:34 AM
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6. I agree with most of what you've said. I am a white woman, aged 58, who...
came to support Obama after first supporting Kucinich than Edwards. I have been judging the candidates by how progressive they are.

That said, I grew up aware of the pervasive racism in the USA, both in the North (where I lived) and in the South. I have not, however, been a victim of that racism although I am deeply ashamed that it exists to this day.

I have listened to Dr Wright's words and I have read them recently and see that Barack Obama has unfortunately been forced this week to distance himself from some of the truth which Dr Wright speaks. Dr Wright did NOT say just "God damn America" he said God damn America as long as she tries to act like she is God and supreme.

We are people; we can disagree. Take a look at the "Talking Points" that are posted on the Trinity United Church of Christ website:

http://www.tucc.org/talking_points.htm

I note, especially, this point:

" To have a church whose theological perspective starts from the vantage point of Black liberation theology being its center, is not to say that African or African American people are superior to any one else."


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soundguy Donating Member (205 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:37 AM
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7. You Miss The Point Completely
Obama has made his "religion" a central theme of his campaign. People have a right to know what religion/church he belongs to. If you agree with the doctrine and feel the need to defend it, good luck. I will just give you a heads up, 90% of the rest of us Americans will never defend anyone or thing that teaches divisiveness, and anger. Christ never spoke out harshly to those that nailed him to a cross. He forgave them!

Now go ahead and talk to the hand..........
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Bjorn Against Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:47 AM
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8. I am not religious at all, and I have criticized Obama for using religion in his campaign
This is really not about religion though, this is about issues of race. People aren't talking about Pastor Wright's faith, they are talking about his attitude towards white America. If this were about religion then why don't we spend much time focusing on pastors at churches attended by Republicans? They have also used religion in their campaigns, and I can assure you their pastors are often speaking out extremely harshly.

My concern is not with people pointing out Obama's improper use of religion in the campaign, as I have done that myself. My concern is with all the talk of him being racist towards whites, while just earlier this week he was attacked by Ferraro on the basis of his race and when his campaign pointed it out they were accused of playing the race card. That is the issue, religion is a completely separate issue from what I wrote in this post. If you want to read my views on Obama and religion here is the thread for you: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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mrcheerful Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 01:40 PM
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11. Remember since 1979 american values went from Baseball, Apple pie and Chevrolet
to God, Country and Give to the rich. In present day america its no longer political correct to be a non-christian. America has become the land of repeat the dogma and forget ideals or free thought. Look at how fast even the Democratics in here are more worried about who gets the Dem nod for the run then they are about getting pukes out of power. Remember the pres is only one part of it, we also need to rid congress of the infestation of corrupt neo cons and their supporters. From what I am seeing on other blogs its almost frightening how 1 Dem Governor caught with hookers = 100 pukes caught up in selling out america to the highest bidder.
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11 Bravo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 01:47 PM
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12. I disagree that Obama has made religion a central theme of his campaign.
He pointed out that he is a life-long Christian in response to the FauxNoise bullshit attempts to portray him as a Muslim, but he has never beaten anyone over the head with his religion.
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Hawkowl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 02:04 PM
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13. Perhaps you prefer the Muslim lie?
Just because his African American church preaches freedom doesn't mean it comes at the expense of whitey. You are merely doing the rethuglicans talking points for them. And you're doing a piss poor job at it.

He hasn't made his religion front and center. It was forced to the front and center by the "Obama is a Muslim lie". This is a chess game and you are playing checkers. And you're getting your ass kicked.

Oh Wait! Look a shiny object over there! No over there! Fool.
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MadMaddie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 02:28 PM
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14. I actually thought about MLK too....and yes he would be
accused of playing the race card...and he we definitly be on the Terrorist watch list under this administration.

Thanks for pointing out the truth.
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EffieBlack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 02:32 PM
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15. Wow - just wow
You absolutely nailed what so many people are feeling.

Thank you so much.
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alteredstate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:29 PM
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16. Excellent post
:kick:
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AGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:30 PM
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17. if he was alive today, i will also tell him hes a homophobe.
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AGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:31 PM
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18. and nice post , i hope you have the same level of respect for women, gays and transgender
when it comes to seeing how much easy you have it as a white man (assuming you are striaght)
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Bjorn Against Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 05:12 PM
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20. I do, I have written on sexism and homophobia in the past and I will again in the future
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Texas Hill Country Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:32 PM
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19. It's not just the racism... it is the malformed conspiracy theory that got me...
Aids was invented to kill black people... seriously?
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 05:32 PM
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21. I used the phrase "table of brotherhood"
and I was accused of using sexist language. :P
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