I was quite irritated, and a more than a little horrified by someone's comment on Fox News, that 'most African-Americans are in lock-step with the Democratic nominee.' This was from a viewer, who had responded with an email comment reacting to the revelation that Colin Powell endorses Senator Barack Obama.
How diminuitive and representative of Lemmingburg, America is that? This suggests that some people who make judgements about others, do so without considering race. The implication is that others (blacks) make judgements based primarily on their race.
I don't care what race the person who gave their opinion is.
You, sir or ma'am, are an idiot.
Colin Powell is black, apparently. But is he comparable to John Lewis? Jesse Jackson, Alan Keyes, etc? What would it have meant had any one of these also "black" politicians announced their support for Barack Obama? How about Bill Cosby? Will Smith? Clarence Thomas...Forest Whitaker ?JC Watts? The guy who played Steve Erkel?
If they are all the same or have the potential to stay lockstep with Bush, er Obama; then by the same logic, John McCain is lying about being a maverick just to get into the White House. He is white (?), he is a Republican, he is ex-military...What else is he? By the way, Colin Powell is ex-military and a Republican, in addition to being black. The first two were choices, and ...
I realize that because of one's race, some will disempower the humanity of others, considering it as secondary or worse; particularly when convenient to hate that person. This is the ugly side of so-called white guilt. Flip the script right before you say something sooooooo stupid that reveals what you enjoy passing off as actual thoughts. AKA: poppycock/ balderdash/ politico-babble, douche, WTF? etc. An example of the alternative to making sure we all think clearly, even when not opening our mouths:
A Utah State Senator apparently believes that only babies from his master race are cute.
Republican Sen. Chris Buttars compared Senate Bill 48, which addresses equalizing school construction funds, to a black baby, calling it “a dark, ugly thing.”
Oh, but don’t worry. He “felt bad” afterwards, though there is no indication as to whether he “felt bad” for being a racist
prick, or if he “felt bad” because other people now know he’s a racist prick.
Go see Chris Rock's "Kill The Messenger." I don't agree with all he says, but...
"Yeah, I said it!" ...Pretty much says it.
Leadership on both sides - which unfortunately includes celebrities that exert undue influence in our culture - is encouraging the same narrow-minded tripe, which serves the interests of relatively few. The alternative is that they are raising the standards of what it means to call one's self conservative or liberal, and elevating our important dialogues to include only those of a comprehensive nature - which serves us all.
More importantly perhaps, we must redefine what it means to be Americans. All of us have work to do, in order to achieve what we MUST. My theory is that it necessarily begins with unity of purpose; before we can achieve actual unity, we must feel as one. How?
Demonizing, or even just limiting (actually, dehumanizing) any group, whether Catholic (pre-60's, and when convenient ) Jews (pre- 20th c, and when convenient), Blacks (into the 21st c, when convenient), or most recently 'the Mexican drug dealers,' is a method used consistently by the douchebags on the right, to highlight irrelevant factoids, in a very meaningful - and often successful - attempt at unifying their base. The danger in this lies in shaping the way their base thinks.
If you don't believe in the power of language, go to Google and search "lost child found" then search 'Mexican drug dealer' under the news tab. Then come back and post a comment after reading the rest of this post.
The child who was just found doesn't need to start growing up with 'Mexican drug dealer' in his vocabulary. It is enough to know that this unfortunate, criminally abusive experience that is now part of his past, is something that neither he nor any other - regardless of race - should have to endure. Those are morals, faith-centered values, and principals we can all be proud of, regardless of our real or perceived differences.