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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Time to talk about race

I saw this video on YouTube and had an interesting reaction to it. Although I sure do understand what the message is about, and to whom it is addressed, I have to question whether or not this is a good political call. Because, and this is a tough thing to say, but it's true, I believe that there are a huge segment of Americans who would be scared out of their minds by this video.

Americans who refuse to consider voting for Obama because of his race exist. You know it, I know it, and we're not really talking about it. But when I saw this video, all I could think of is how negative this would go over in white enclaves in the mid-west, the pacific northwest, and the south. A video showing the actual diversity in America is one thing, but this video focused on African Americans as if they are the vast majority in this country. Not quite factual, and a horribly scary notion for those who are still living in the Republican National Convention reality of old, white, and rich.

The point is, race is a factor in this election, even if we don't want to discuss it. Or even face it. I've met people in liberal Massachusetts who have called Obama the N-word and have said that they would never vote for him because he's black. They just won't even consider it. I know that I'm not alone, I KNOW that this happens all over the country every single day. In the coffee shops and diners, in corporate lunchrooms, in schools and in backyards we hear people speak these henious words and we say nothing. We don't want to start another race war. We just shake our heads and think "How ignorant" and "What a jerk" and move on with our lives.

Watching the RNC and seeing miles and miles of white faces concerned me. I started counting people of color that I saw. One night I was thrilled to see 5 black faces, 2 Asian women, and a Hispanic. That was the extent of the Republican diversity. It was shameful. It said to me, and to others who I spoke to that people of color weren't welcome in the Republican party. Not a big shock. It's always been that way. But after seeing this video I have to wonder if it's not just a not welcome sign hung out, but if the republicans are so afraid of people of color that they want to pretend they don't exist.

I don't know what it is. I don't have answers. I don't know how we've gotten to this point. I don't understand the fear of races other than our own. I don't get it like I don't get why people still hate the Jews or fear every Muslim.

What I do know is that I think this video would be a real negative for the majority of white Americans. Shameful as it sounds, it seems to be the case.

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Blogger Jendeis said...

I agree with everything you're saying here. I think you hit the nail on the head when you mentioned how the ad treats African Americans as the true majority in this country. For most white people, no matter how enlightened you are, deep down, that's scary.

22/9/08 10:10 AM  
Blogger Daisy said...

It's frightening that race is still a factor in this election. I keep hoping that after Obama wins (oh, please, he has to win!) that race will be a non-factor for all who follow.

22/9/08 10:08 PM  
Blogger margalit said...

I don't think race will ever cease being an issue in the US. We're an incredibly racist society, even though we hide it well. Do you think we'll EVER have a Jewish president? I don't. Because if a Jew ran, the Elders of Zion Protocols would be quoted all over the place and ever missing kid would be blamed on Jews using him for matzoh. Sad, but true.

Meanwhile the new PM of Israel? A woman.

22/9/08 11:11 PM  

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