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Ugliness at work [Nov. 7th, 2008|08:00 pm]
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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: hahahasyyke
2008-11-11 12:27 am (UTC)
I haven't heard a single racist remark where I work since he was elected, and that's super nice. I know my grandma had said she was voting for McCain and not "that black man"...

Anyway. I've heard and read a whole bunch from different people, but the people who I've gotten them from were saying them in the same way you are - putting down the insults and such. Not supporting the hatred.

I'm hoping that this term will go well and people will stop living in fear of things that need not be feared. I can kind of understand why they would think they need to be afraid (I mean, if I went and beat the shit out of my little brother and made him do whatever I wanted and treated him like garbage, then the second I got older and more out of shape and he got bigger than me - which isn't too far off I guess - I'd be scared of him) but at the same time everyone deserves the same chance.

Plus, if Obama was planning on taking over and making this a black nation, he wouldn't have made it this far - nobody is that good with deception...
But this isn't about politics, it's about racism.

I think it's changed and maybe calmed over the years, but I tend to think it's still heavily practiced - just expressed or shown in different ways and at different times than before.
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