Sunday, October 12, 2008

Please, Don't Play the Race Card. McCain, Obama.

You know, I am so disappointed that McCain is having his hands tied by the "race card." I completely understand how exciting it is for African Americans to have a black person running for president. I totally "get that". But, please don't see this election as having anything to do with race.

Palin has had her share of problems with being treated in a sexist way. We have a painting of her naked. We have pictures of her feet at the debate. I have heard very few people talk about the horrible things that have been done to Sarah Palin. But yet, now I am hearing reports about McCain's comments about terrorists as being racial. May I remind everyone Ayers is caucasion. This is going to happen. But these comments from Representative John Lewis are horrible.

In a statement issued Saturday, Lewis said McCain and running mate Sarah Palin were "sowing the seeds of hatred and division, and there is no need for this hostility in our political discourse."

Then went on to say,

"George Wallace never threw a bomb. He never fired a gun, but he created the climate and the conditions that encouraged vicious attacks against innocent Americans who were simply trying to exercise their constitutional rights," said Lewis, who is black. "Because of this atmosphere of hate, four little girls were killed on Sunday morning when a church was bombed in Birmingham, Alabama." Basically accusing McCain of duplicating this.

But you know this clip about the "N' word from "The View" made me physically sick. I hate the "N" word and I don't understand this thinking at all. It made me sick because I, like Elisabeth, think of hatred when I hear that word. I don't say that Whoopi can't say it if she wants but don't say you want equality, say you want to be paid back for what was done to your people. At least be honest about that.

I don't think some African Americans understand what it is like for a white person like me, who had a very racist grandfather and rejected all those ideas. I have always believed we are all equal. I did not live in the Civil War. I did not ever believe in slavery. I never ever have believed in discrimination. In another "The View" clip. Whoopi asks Senator McCain if he is going to be a slave again because he believes the constitution should be interpreted the way our founding fathers intended. Meaning, if you want to change it you don't decide yourself from the bench. You vote on it or have the states figure it out. To ask if that means McCain wants slavery is once again playing the race card. And he is asked to take on her feelings from her past. Is this fair?

Does she really believe that? I am sorry but it is hard for some us that keep getting blamed for what happened long before we were born and the worst part of all this is it ties our hands. It keeps us from being able to say what we believe without being judged for our words. It is hard to be treated like that. It is reverse racism, in my humble view. I know how difficult racism has been for people. I really do. Please just understand this, I didn't do this. I did not treat Whoopi unfairly. There is a lot of racism out there but I didn't do it. Is there anyway you could see me as a person and not a race? I don't for one minute take away what was endured by you. But blame who really did it. Not me, not many of my friends and not John McCain.

This clip of a man getting heated at a McCain rally has had the race card played with it.

And of course, some racists have been trying to come out of the woodwork. Socialism has nothing to do with racism. Please don't turn this into race. Sarah Palin has not complained one bit about the rude, gender-biased jokes sent her way just because she is a woman. Let's just say no to racism and sexism.


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