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Ugliness at work [Nov. 7th, 2008|08:00 pm]
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[d_h_belmont]
A lot of people like to pretend that racism is something of the past in the United States, as if it magically went away decades ago with the civil rights movement. Most people believe that Martin Luther King Jr. would be pleased with current race relations inside the States.

But when Barack Obama became a serious candidate for the United States presidency at the beginning of this year, I started hearing some very nasty things about Obama, and not because he was just some "liberal" politician, but because he was black or "an arab" (which is isn't). Today, I overheard an assistant manager at my store say that they're going to rearrage the layout of the White House to put in a KFC, I heard elsewhere that Hallmark is going to create a Chirstmas ornament of Obama so "we can all hang a nigger from a tree". It makes me disgusted and ashamed to be an American. It's okay to disagree with Obama's views, and be passionate about it. Put him down if you must, but for God sakes! Don't put him down because of the color of his skin! That's one thing that really pisses me off, the hypocrisy. These same people love to gobble up the word of Rush Limbaugh. People like Limbaugh like to claim that it is the liberals who are the true racists, however, I have never heard anyone who could be considered remotely liberal use such nasty words that belong in the distant past. While not excusable, I can see a lot of the typical racist jokes being made about a black man becoming president, but when I hear people use these racial remarks to put Obama down, there is a genuine feeling of hatred in their voice and in their hearts. Why is it that in the 21st century, I should have to hear things like "nigger" and "raghead" so constantly?

I think it just shows how little things have changed in fifty years. Usually, it isn't acceptable to say such things in public, and I think that's why people push the "he's a Muslim" thing on Obama so hard, because after 9-11, it's been acceptable (and it shouldn't be) to hate dark people of middle eastern descent, and with racism brings utter stupidity and ignorance. The mountains of things said about Obama and how he's this or that and NONE OF IT IS TRUE, but no one bothers to check because they want to hate him, but don't have a reason to, so they make shit up so they can get away with it. Now that a non-white is in charge, I think a lot of people have had their racism that they've tucked away so neatly bubble to the surface, and none of them realize how terrible and ignorant they look.

I feel like I'm just bouncing from topic to topic here regarding Obama and racism... I'm just sick of the high level of bullshit and ignorance I hear all day long. People in general are so fucking stupid and they can't seem to have the slightest idea that what they say makes them look incredibly stupid. These same people who flipped out when remarks (that weren't nearly as bad or overtly racist) were made about Condoleeza Rice are now the ones who can't keep their mouths from spewing vile bullshit everywhere. (Hypocrisy, especially of a political nature, is one of those pet peeves of mine that strike the deepest laid nerves within me.)

I'm done.

This board is pretty quiet these days, but I had to get some of that out. It's just so upsetting to see, in some people's attempt to put down a politician, they reveal just how ugly, stupid, and racist the population is. I'm tired of it. I don't like thinking myself as smarter than others, but when I see and hear the things I do (can't escape from it; it's all around me), I couldn't live with myself if I wasn't.
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[User Picture]From: my_wits_end
2008-11-10 06:47 pm (UTC)
Hi. I just stumbled upon this and many of the posts are interesting. I'm a big fan of the deep thinking.

I have also been somewhat alarmed at the racism that has been coming out of people due to this election. Racism is still very much a part of the culture, though perhaps a mostly unconscious part, and this election has brought it out into the open. Hopefully people just need to get these things out of their systems before they realize how wrong they really are. I think that this is not necessarily bad, but perhaps it is an essential part of the healing process.
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From: d_h_belmont
2008-11-11 12:09 am (UTC)

Good point...

I think I agree with what you are saying about the feelings coming to the surface being a means to ultimately get rid of them. I was thinking about something that happened AFTER I posted this stuff. The same guy who said the bulk of the filth I posted here continued on with something about "Hey, guys! I got this new text about Obama! To commemorate Obama as being the first black president, they're going to put his face on food stamps!" My co-worker, who is sort of not involved with the politics of politics ended up flashing this worker a very angry look and stormed out of the break room where we were all at. I followed, and while most of the people in that break room were total bigots, I think it was starting to get through to some that what they were saying was just wildly inappropriate and WRONG.

I think it's okay to disagree with Obama. While I voted for him, I don't agree with him on every single issue. I think it's okay to criticize him on his stances on things, but I think it's just downright stupid to try to attack him because he's supposedly a Muslim or because he's black. If anything, it goes to show that they (these bigots) can't come up with anything better to say about why he isn't the better choice, so they resort to very ugly remarks and play on the latent fears that are buried deep in many American's minds.

Oh, and I just remembered how another person was hoping Obama would "die of lead poisoning, and let the poisoning be carried out by another black man". One thing that's just wonderful about ignorant people is that they, apparently, can never hear the loudness of their stupidity.


I don't know if there is a point to reposting the things I hear at work. Some might think I'm simply spreading the hate by letting their words spread around, but I'm just angry and the things I hear, almost boiling mad and just about ashamed to be where I am from. This seemed to be the place to vent. Maybe by reposting what they say, it puts a face on this ugliness and people can really see just how wrong it is. I dunno. I'd hope some good comes from posting this garbage...

By the way, I really like your display picture!
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