For something different today, I was sent a very good article, "Famous Last Words Exploring The Depths Of Racist Conditioning". This article hit home for me, as my grandfather had Alzheimer's and his story was very similar to the grandmother featured in the article. It also motivated me to give my take on the race issues being discussed nowadays. Hopefully the reader will get a good take on where I stand on this issue.
Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech is featured below and is subtitled for your viewing pleasure:
This is a very powerful speech. One of the greatest speeches of all time, without a doubt. The thing for me, though, is that we haven't really taken Dr. King's words to heart. He said "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character".
It reminded me of a South Park Episode called "Chef Goes Nanners" that brilliantly captured the debate about the South Carolina flag and racism in general. It's kind of how I felt about Barack Obama being elected President of the United States (equated with how the five South Park kids viewed the flag). Maybe it's just me growing up in Philly or maybe it's my generation being under the age of 35.
I am not denying that there are those who oppose President Obama and his platform simply because of the color of their skin. There are some sick racists out there. On both sides. Pieces of trash. I am also not suggesting that President Obama's character is lacking. I feel he means well and that his intentions are pure, although it really bothers me that every President keeps trying to gain MORE Presidential powers than the previous President. I just think too many are trying to lump everybody into one tidy little group.
I hate the fact that if I am against the current proposal of Health Care that it means I am automatically an "Anti-Health Care Reformer" as stated by MSNBC's Rachel Maddow. Health care is broken, and I would be a moron to say otherwise. However, I feel we need to go the opposite way. This post will be long enough, so that is an issue for me to address in more detail in another posting in the near future.
I'm not crazy about NY Governor David Patterson saying that the reason folks are calling for him not to run again is because of the color of his skin. Or when Representative Diane Watson of California says "They are spreading fear and they're trying to see that the first president who looks like me -- fails" and "People look at the United States as a country that has changed it's way and elected someone from Kenya and Kansas, I'll put it like that". So if I believe the United States has steadily changed its' ways (and I felt this way when Congress during Bush 43 was passing the Patriot Act and the Military Commisions Act and FISA), Representative Watson is insinuating that it is because President Obama is from Kenya and that there are no other logical or valid reasons. That sickens me.
E.W. Jackson, Sr. had the following to say regarding this topic in a blog posting written today (08-28-2009) entitled "Stop playing the race card". I liked what he had to say in the article, and I think he made some sense.
The people that know me know that I HATED Bush 43. I actually like President Obama as a person more than I like Bush 43. I just don't agree with the ever-escalating expansion of government (coming from both the at-least-honest-about-their-desire-to-keep-expanding-government left AND the hypocritical right that doubled the size of the Department of Education after entering into a "Contract with America" in 1996), and I feel that the fact that people aren't defending the merits of the healthcare bill, as presently construed, inasmuch as they are seemingly accusing those who disagree with their policies as out-and-out racists is damning.
What about the War on Drugs? That's the most racist thing I could possibly imagine going on, and NOBODY in the Obama Administration is really talking about it. Very few people in Washington are talking about it. Well, except for someone whose name is featured in this blog's URL. The Death Penalty is something else that nobody is really talking about now that is pretty racist to me. That ends my comments for now. Thanks for taking the time to read my thoughts, even if you may disagree with some things I said here and there.