Apr 8, 2011
More Racism Against Obama
Here is a new video by Ana Kasparian and Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks discussing this bumper sticker.
It seems every day there's another example of the incredible wrongness of people who want to insist that the criticism of President Obama is anything but racist. I got into an argument with someone on Facebook the other day (always a smart thing to do), and it stemmed from the fact that 46% of Republicans polled in Mississippi said they felt that interracial marriage should be illegal. In addition, 51% of Republicans nationwide in a recent poll claimed that they either thought the President was not an American citizen, or they just weren't sure.
In the process the person I was arguing with seemed to take from it that I was saying that ALL conservatives are racists. I wasn't saying that at all, and I wouldn't say that. There are many good decent conservatives out there who simply differ in political beliefs than I do. However, to say that there is no racism against the President is either blissfully naive or willfully ignorant. I mean, I've posted on here many times over the past few years about the various racist things that conservatives have done. Whether it's printing up "Obama Bucks" which are supposed food stamps that have images of fried chicken, watermelon, kool-aid and ribs on it, or the pictures mocking him up as a pimp or a witch doctor, or the shocking image someone did of all the Presidents portraits, with the final one, Obama's, a plain black square with two eyes peeking out from the darkness.
There's many many examples of this, and as I've said before, the simple act of disagreeing with Obama for his policies or actions (or inactions for that matter) are perfectly fine. Nothing racist about disagreeing with someone who is Black. Where the racism comes in is while disagreeing with someone who is Black or Latino or whatever, you use racist language, or coded language that clearly implies a racist stereotype.
Saying that he is not "one of us" or that he's a secret Muslim or emphasizing his middle name for no other reason than to draw attention to how "funny" his name is, or the old kneeslapper of confusing the words Obama and Osama. Yeah, that's perfectly innocent.
I think this is one of those things, much like the Birth Certificate Nontroversy, in which people who believe this stuff, will not ever listen to reason. No matter how many times you say "no, that's not right. How can you say these things that are blatantly false" they will continue to say it. They have been brainwashed and misled all their lives into believing they are fighting for what's right and good, when in fact they're not.
There is no excuse for the racist attacks on the President that keep on coming to this day, two years into his Presidency.
A friend of mine on Facebook hipped me to a bumper sticker that he saw today that read "Obama 2012: Don't Re Nig". Other variations of this spell the word "Renege" Now while I had not heard this, apparently it's been around for at least a year, as I found some blog posts about it from last summer.
Zazzle even had some shirts for sale, but now seem to have pulled them.
The sad thing about this though, is that so many people will look at that shirt and laugh. Or they'll think 'what's the big deal?" or they may even try to say, "no, see it's spelled "Renege" and it means don't go back on promises and blah blah blah". The thing is though, anyone with a brain can totally see what's going on here.
I get comments from people I know who read what I write and ask me why I keep on about this type of thing. I mean it's not like my writing about it is going to wake people up and make them realize just how abhorrent this type of thing is.
And I realize that I'm probably pissing into the wind on this one. Those who agree with me, probably will still agree with me. Those who don't, won't no matter how many examples I post up of their blatant race baiting. They'll continue to make excuses and act all surprised at people's reactions, all the while talking about how Democrats and Liberals are the TRUE racists.
They might even pull out that tried and true comment about how the Democrats supposedly fought against Civil Rights, and those nice Republicans freed the Slaves and passed Civil Rights. However they usually leave out the part about how back then the parties were reversed, and the Republicans were liberal and the Democrats were conservatives.
So I don't know why I still post this stuff. I think it's because it pisses me off and I think it SHOULD piss off any rational and decent human being out there. But as I said, it's a cognitive dissonance situation here. I'm not recruiting anyone who believes that is appropriate, and anyone who agrees with me probably did to start with.