By Jueseppi B.
Comments follow in response to the post: Racism And President Of The United States Barack Hussein Obama
I agree, it’s “time that the shit stops!” I do stop short of executing racists, though. Maybe we could find a place for them to stew and hate together, where they would not contaminate the rest of us – like a leper colony.
I totally agree with you when you said, “The planet is sick with racism, and needs to be healed” but healing implies some degree of compassion for the afflicted. I know that once people are adults, and are exposed to different ideas than the racist indoctrination of their youth, they have to choose to continue that point of view; and that makes them as guilty of racist hate as their parents, before them. But, they are still members of the human race. They deserve to not be killed, on that account alone. This is the same principle where oppressed minorities demand a certain degree of respect, due to their humanity, if nothing else.
But, enough on that. I have been exploring your links to the Black Panther Party. It is very interesting, and I see that I have a lot to learn. The books on Amazon, on the subject, look interesting too.
I do agree that racism has become more blatant since Barack Obama became our President. It amazes me, because he is doing such a wonderful job as President! But, that is me. So many Whites do not want to see the extent of this cancer on our society, that I tend to think that its coming out of the shadows, may have a silver lining. Things do not change much when racism is covert, because it can be denied. I think that blatant racism is much easier to fight.
Romney is a tool. With a difficult economy, uncertain future, and decades of having elite White Liberals invent terms like “Whiteness” and “White Privilege” to lay the sins of Racism and other evils at the feet of White Working Class males… and while Faux News demagogues all of that… President Obama STILL draws one in three working class White Males (over 50) from Romney, and that number will increase to over 40% by the time Obama finishes campaigning. Just like it did when he ran against a legitimate White Male war hero in 2008. That would be like Reagan pulling one in three Working Class Black males in 1984.
What do you suppose President Obama does differently than White Liberals when talking to these guys? Just something for my Brothers of a Different Color to think about.
Juesseppi, It’s looking like some people in America were born to be racists. I’ve travelled extensively around European nations, some countries in the Caribbean and Africa and I have never in my life come across people as hateful as many Whites in America are. This has been my personal experience with a lot of White people here. Even whilst I was on a cruise vacation to the Caribbean, I met American racists and they showed their true colors to me even as we were sat at the same table but when they tried to talk to my husband who is white, he ignored them based on how I was treated. It never ceases to amaze me how they get away with such hate. But look at their media? Their media and society tell them (subliminally) that they’re the master race, that they’re better than every other race and many believe it and act accordingly. I don’t think it’s a small number. I believe that the number of hate filled Whites in the US is very high (and I make a distinction between Whites in the US and many parts of Europe). I don’t understand the hate. Surely, those whom they’ve oppressed for years should be the ones who are hateful towards them? We cannot compare the actions of the Black Panther (New or original) to the actions of hateful whites. The kkk has murdered over 10,000 Blacks, the Black Panther has not done anything as such. The society clearly favors whites over Blacks and Browns and that doesn’t seem to be enough for many hatemongers. Take a look online and you’ll see hundreds (if not thousands) of hate-mongering websites by White Americans. Now go and find a hate site directed at Whites by Blacks (you’ll be hard pressed to find one). I don’t have an answer as to why so much hate. Yes, there are good White Americans but I’m beginning to think they’re outnumbered.
It’s sad, but I am beginning to realize that we really are outnumbered. I used to have more faith in the general goodness of people. I am so thankful that I grew up overseas! It gave me some degree of objectivity to all of this disgusting morass of American racially motivated hate. And yet, I catch myself buying in to it in increments, and have to purge myself of it when I see it. I am sure there are elements of racism in me that I have not identified yet. It is pervasive, and insidious. It is evil. Yet, it is part of our culture, and it is too easy to be blind to the more subtle ways it can creep into our pre-existing anxieties.
Good sane thinking caucasian Americans who are free of racial hatred are very rare Deborah, and any one who travels abroad or here in the United States knows this. Yes, the non racist caucasian is out numbered by the hate filled racist caucasian by a large number.
They hate, and are filled with racism because they fear that which they know to be superior to them. Check the history of America and you’ll see who has survived and even blossomed under horrific conditions. America was built on the backs of people of color oppressed by the caucasians. Racist caucasians envy that strength & intelligence.
I posted a tribute to Black Men around the world on my wall a few months ago and some White people didn’t like it. If anyone deserves medal for mental strength and surviving against all odds and atrocities, I think Black people should especially Black men. My husband was raised in a small village in Austria and didn’t know anything about slavery or racism until he moved to the US 12 years ago. I’ve been his teacher and he’s constantly amazed and disgusted at how whites here get away with many things. His family members who had never seen a Black person in person before loved me from day 1. The question of race never arose with them even though they don’t speak a word of English and my German is broken. All his nieces and nephews call me Aunty Debbie and I’ve never faced any hate in that small village all these years. Now compare that to me going into a small town in the US eh! I doubt if I’ll still have my life!
You’re right GWB will never be seen as bad despite his atrocities just like NO White person will ever be considered bad for all their atrocities just look at how they’re mollycoddling James Holmes who is a TERRORIST!!! If GWB goes to part of Europe, he will be arrested!!!
You said a mouth full. I was wondering just yesterday, had James Holmes walked into a predominately Black movie theater and shot 12 Black Americans and wounded 53 Black Americans, would he be out on bail like Zimmerman?
So what do we Americans do to erase racism, how do we start according to what you suggest?
I don’t know my brother! I don’t know how American type of hate can be erased! Remember that in many parts of Europe, hate speech is a crime. In the US, it’s not. It’s protected! So, I don’t have an answer with regards to hate in this country. It’s too much. There are too many hatemongers making money off the gullible for hate to end. As long as people like Limbaugh, Beck, Palin exist along with their gullible followers, hate will always thrive in the US. Do you know that in Iceland where they don’t have that many Blacks, if you make racist comments, you’re fine or jailed? Same in England, Germany and other Scandinavian countries.
We comprehend it, and we are watching. You have called the racist attacks on this president treasonous. I agree. This president was rightfully elected as CIC in accordance with our constitution. At this point, the fact that I voted for him is immaterial. When I was 17 years old I took an oath to defend the U.S. Constitution against all enemies, foreign and DOMESTIC.
To any Tea Bagger types reading this: If you have policy issues with the president, that’s fine. If you have notions of “revolution”… this is one old “caucasian” you do not want to “bring it on.” Cause the last thing you will see in your gun collecting life is your own blood forming a vapor outside your body. Count on it.
Barrack Obama is POTUS. Cast your vote in November, do not suppress the vote of other Americans, and honor the will of the American People when the issue is decided. Let guys like ole Publius hang by a warm fire with a good book and a pretty lady for company.
My late father, a research psychologist for 44yrs at the US Dept of Labor participated in the March on Washington w/ his friend Rev James Reeb (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Reeb ) made it clear that the election of Obama was going to be like whacking the hornets nest of the racists in this country. My father spent the first 20 years of his career researching and developing employment strategies to move people especially minorities out of poverty. Ronnie Raygun came into office & soon after eliminated the Manpower Employment Admin that my father had worked for. It had been very successful in helping to recognize the unique strengths of impoverished people and develop those abilities through job training so they could be placed in jobs where they could succeed. But Raygun’s effort to punish the so called “Cadillac driving welfare queens” replaced the effort to help people be self-supporting so they could get out of poverty.
He was saddened by the belief that PBO’s election was going to improve race relations because as he said, “History has repeatedly shown that every time a minority advances, be it through recognized rights or a capacity to control their own destiny, there is always a horrific backlash to everyone in that minority group and those who support them.” He tried to warn everyone he knew to prepare for this but many scoffed him claiming he was relying on his experiences from the 60s and race relations in the US had changed dramatically in 40+ years.
Racism will never be fully eradicated in the US unless we can bring everyone up to their full economic potential. As a psychologist, I say this because social psychologists & anthropologists have shown repeatedly through research for decades that racism is adopted by people most often with low intellect and who are low on the social and economic hierarchical totem pole.
People must believe they are doing as well as everyone else or they look for scapegoats. We saw this during the Depression in the 30s when the numbers of people who people who joined the KKK exploded and when Hitler scapegoated the Jews with the unbelievable hyperinflation caused by the Weimar Republic economy in Germany during the 20s & 30s. A down economy drives a great deal of racially biased paranoia because it is too easy to blame another group for the economic perils people are facing. People often don’t understand the complex economic drivers that forced the economy to go south. Factual reality of what caused the economic downturn is replaced by one’s own personal reality based on fear and paranoia. And for these people, the easiest explanation is the most plausible because complex explanations are way over their heads.
With the economy as it is, people are willing to accept any and every easy non-fact based explanation Fox, Limbaugh, Michael Savage, and the GOP can pull out of their posteriors. The GOP knows full well what it is doing by hindering the economic policies of the Democrats & PBO. They use the dog whistle of racism to try to get people to forget what they did that really destroyed the economic prosperity the Clinton left GWB to get votes just so they can be in power.
The only way to stop this is to arm ourselves with facts and start talking to people. Walk away from those who wont listen as they are entrenched in the GOP conspiracy theories and trying to change their minds is pointless. Find the people who don’t understand but are open minded enough to listen and talk to them about what is going on and who has caused it.
Thank you all for these comments posted above.
Racism is a disease. The cure is conversation, frank honest conversation followed by action. Swift, quick, fast action to eradicate racial hatred. Education is the key to this action.
I’ll end this with the comments of a racist asshole named Richard, who has not a clue what makes me tick, I didn’t respond to Richard, I just saved his comments for this post.
You are truly a stupid person, who sad to say, does much to discredit the black race…no matter how much you resent being what you are, you will awake in the morning and still be the same inferior thinking, resentful person you were prior to going to bed.
Like I said, I know what you are up to, I know your kind; genetics can at times be cruel master, I truly do feel sorry for you and your pitiful ilk.
Yes, it is crystal clear to me and most others…thankfully.
My response to Richard is this:
We of “my ilk” built a country you of your ilk stole from Native Americans, then could not cultivate, work, or grow on your own so you kidnapped a race of African people and shipped them to America. We were brought here to do physical work you could not handle. We learned your ways, copied your customs, and while you were raping our proud African women, your lustful caucasian women could not stop nor ignore their attraction to that big strong African male sex appeal.
THAT is the basis of your hatred against anything Black Richard. Your small penis complex has driven the racial divide for centuries. It continues to make you inferior in your mind, it fuels your dislike and disrespect for the President Of The United States to this moment. “Your ilk” who are racist are actually racist because you can never be Black. You will never have the “swag” this President has in spades.
You will never experience, Richard, the fineness, the intelligence, the strength of a sexy Black woman such as Michelle Obama. You will never know what it is Richard, to overcome obstacles placed before you by an inferior mindset, and overcoming those obstacles in just under 400 years to have a Black man in the highest office in the land.
You, and those of “your ilk”, are so jealous and envious that a man descended from the very race of people your ilk brought over to America to work your fields, raise your children and cook your food is now responsible for your children’s future, is now in charge of your food supply and is now your Commander In Chief.
What I feel for you Richard is not pity, I feel joy that your racist backwoods dumbass can’t handle what you created.
You and “your ilk” are responsible for the President Of The United States, Barack Hussein Obama, being a Black American.
Thank you Richard.
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