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Rolandosoto Donating Member (11 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-16-08 12:39 AM
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Time blogger on overhyped front-page WAPO article on racism
Edited on Fri May-16-08 12:40 AM by Rolandosoto
I agree so much with Time's Anna Marie Cox.

So some people have shown racism against Obama. Duh!
Did you expect 100% of his opponents to be non-racists?

But it did seem to be an overhyped, exaggerated piece, giving the impression that we are in the 1960's. But enough of me. Read her opinion:

That there are still racists in America is an ugly truth, and it shouldn't be ignored, but the timing, tone, and taking-off point of this front page piece in the Washington Post seem to emphasize one of the absolutely least newsworthy aspects of Obama's campaign: Some people won't vote for a black person -- just because he's black. Hey, Hillary's been telling us that for months!
More seriously, you talk to enough people, you're going to turn up a racist or two. Most reporters have probably come across at least one in this long campaign season -- I have -- the attitude is ugly and awful, but whether or not it's representative is another matter. The sheer numbers voting for Obama would suggest it's not. What's more, giving these clowns (the racists, I mean) a front page story does a huge injustice to, you know, the non-racists non-Obama supporters. Yes, there are some! And whether Obama wins or loses the nomination, whether he wins or loses in November, many, many people will find reasons to not vote for him. Some of them will be stupid, some of them will be malicious, and some of them may simply prefer another candidate. That's usually how democracy works.


http://www.time-blog.com/swampland/2008/05/breaking_rac...
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-16-08 12:45 AM
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1. Lots of us agree! Thanks for the article. nt
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democrattotheend Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-16-08 12:47 AM
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2. As an Obama volunteer who has been on the front lines and experienced racism firsthand
I am glad this article was printed and got attention. I have been shocked by how much racism still prevails in this country, a lot more than I thought when I started supporting Obama. On the day of the PA primary, I met a guy not much older than me (late 20's, early 30's maybe) who told me point blank that he could not vote for a black person, and said his grandmother would disown him if he did. I got the sense that most of his neighbors felt the same way, both from what he said and the hostility I experienced knocking on doors in that neighborhood. He also said "don't you think we give black people enough for free in this country?" and said he was afraid that Obama would do special favors for the black community if he were elected. Yet he insisted he wasn't racist...I'm sorry, but if you refuse to vote for a candidate solely because of the color of his skin, that's racist!
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-16-08 12:48 AM
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3. Strawman. No one ever said every last one of Clinton's supporters was racist.
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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-16-08 12:53 AM
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4. Yeah, let's not talk about not talking about racism
because if all of this had come to light during the primary, it would have unfairly scared people. Whereas cries of sexism rallied people to Hillary's side. As usual, Anna Marie completely misses the point.
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boppers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-16-08 12:55 AM
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5. Where you live, and who you know, changes this a lot.
I knew more than a few people living in Atlanta who swore they were not racists, because "they don't hate black people, they just hate n______s".

Likewise, in Arizona, whenever black people showed up in a shopping mall, guess who the security guys tailed?

Now I live in Oregon. It's blindingly white up here (In Oregon, like in Atlanta, I chose to live in a culturally and ethnically diverse neighborhood, because I like people who can teach me new things). Even here, I'd say one out of twenty people still carries around some ugly racial stereotypes or hatred.

So, is it as bad as the 60's? Not as bad.

Have we made progress? Yes.

Is there still a fairly significant portion of voters, and citizens, who are racists? Oh my, yes.

Enough that in West Virginia, they were willing to go on camera and proclaim it (and give her a win, in spite of having already lost in the math), enough that the jokes are already flying on the internet without employees being fired for it, enough that code words are still being brazenly used in public by politicians, enough that most churches are still fairly segregated places.
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The Magistrate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-16-08 12:55 AM
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6. Locked
The O.P. is no longer among us....
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