How Racism Works

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How Racism Works

What if John McCain were a former president of the Harvard
Law Review? What if Barack Obama finished fifth from the bottom of his
graduating class?

What if McCain were still married to the first woman he
said "I do" to?

What if Obama were the candidate who left his first wife
after she no longer measured up to his standards?

What if Michelle Obama were a wife who not only became
addicted to pain killers, but acquired them illegally through her charitable
organization?

What if Cindy McCain graduated from Harvard?

What if Obama were a member of the Keating 5*?
* The Keating Five were five United States Senators
accused of corruption in 1989, igniting a major political
scandal as part of the larger Savings and Loan crisis of the late
1980s and early 1990s.

What if McCain was a charismatic, eloquent speaker?

If these questions reflected reality, do you really believe
the election numbers would be as close as they are?

This is what racism does. It covers up, rationalizes and
minimizes positive qualities in one candidate and emphasizes negative
qualities in another when there is a color difference.

PS: What if Barack Obama had an unwed, pregnant teenage
daughter....
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You are The Boss... which team would you hire?

With America facing historic debt, 2 wars, stumbling
health care, a weakened dollar, all-time high prison population, mortgage
crises, bank foreclosures, etc.

Educational Background:

Obama:
Columbia University - B.A. Political Science with a
Specialization in
Internationa l Relations.
Harvard - Juris Doctor (J.D.) Magna *** Laude

Biden:
University of Delaware - B.A. in History and B.A. in
Political Science.
Syracuse University College of Law - Juris Doctor (J.D.)

vs.

McCain:
United States Naval Academy - Class rank: 894 of 899

Palin:
Hawaii Pacific University - 1 semester
North Idaho College - 2 semesters - general study
University of Idaho - 2 semesters - journalism
Matanuska-Susitna College - 1 semester
University of Idaho - 3 semesters - B.A. in Journalism

Now, which team are you going to hire ?

Interesting post...

It's funny how people would like to ignore how big the race factor is in this election and in this country. There have been several flyers put in rotation in NJ & PA. One compared an Obama administration to that of 3rd world countries that are 95% black, ie: Haiti and most countries in Africa. Others report alleged support of Pat Buchanan (someone who has made countless comments similar to Hitler's own beliefs) on issues of Israel (an effort to scare of the Jewish voters, no doubt). Tisk, tisk America. Shame on it all.

It's long since been time for us to look at our values. Examine why we feel the way we feel. Did we arrive at our opinion after long, meditating thought, or was this theory of an inferior race instilled in us in such a subtle, but effective, way that to distance ourselves from it would almost mean losing our identities?

The truth is, there is a White America, and a Back America. The White America can never understand my reality of being discriminated against or being made to feel inferior even by my own peers because of a deeply rooted slave mentality. Unless you've (or those who raised you) ascended above the secret ideas of "those people", you may not even realize that racism still exists? Do your research.... Read "The Makings of a Slave" by William Lynch. Focus on the section where he speaks about mental control and how if this is instilled in the black community, it would control them for the next 400 years. Then think about it.... mental control. It doesn't just work in the black community. Why did you say you weren't voting for Obama again? Or do you have a reason... Something to ponder.
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all those "facts" over-simplify McCain as the "bad guy" and Obama as the "good guy". Reality is a LOT more complicated.

McCain has blamed nobody else for the end of his first marriage, he has taken full responsibility. A lot more was involved than her "not living up to his standards".

McCain has already been cleared of any wrong-doing with that Keating-Five business.

And you think there HASN'T been hell raised over Palin's pregnant teenager?! PLEASE.
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all those "facts" over-simplify McCain as the "bad guy" and Obama as the "good guy". Reality is a LOT more complicated.

McCain has blamed nobody else for the end of his first marriage, he has taken full responsibility. A lot more was involved than her "not living up to his standards".

McCain has already been cleared of any wrong-doing with that Keating-Five business.

And you think there HASN'T been hell raised over Palin's pregnant teenager?! PLEASE.
Originally Posted by NYCurlyGirly
I think you missed the point...
It's not about anyone being the "good" guy or the "bad" guy, it's about people's reactions and how they differ based on a person's race. Although to be fair, I think in this case it's more of a partisan thing, although race certainly plays a role. If McCain and Palin, with their respective histories and family issues, were Democrats, the Republicans would be screaming "family values" at the top of their lungs (we're talking about a party that wanted to impeach a man over a blow job, here). Likewise, if Obama were republican, they'd bend over backwards to defend him no matter his race.

Here's another article that I came across a few weeks ago. This is Your Nation on White Privilege.
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I liked that so much I'm going to post it here.

This is Your Nation on White Privilege (Updated)

September 13, 2008, 2:01 pm
By Tim Wise
For those who still can’t grasp the concept of white privilege, or who are looking for some easy-to-understand examples of it, perhaps this list will help.
White privilege is when you can get pregnant at seventeen like Bristol Palin and everyone is quick to insist that your life and that of your family is a personal matter, and that no one has a right to judge you or your parents, because “every family has challenges,” even as black and Latino families with similar “challenges” are regularly typified as irresponsible, pathological and arbiters of social decay.

White privilege is when you can call yourself a “****in’ redneck,” like Bristol Palin’s boyfriend does, and talk about how if anyone messes with you, you'll “kick their ****in' ass,” and talk about how you like to “shoot ****” for fun, and still be viewed as a responsible, all-American boy (and a great son-in-law to be) rather than a thug.

White privilege is when you can attend four different colleges in six years like Sarah Palin did (one of which you basically failed out of, then returned to after making up some coursework at a community college), and no one questions your intelligence or commitment to achievement, whereas a person of color who did this would be viewed as unfit for college, and probably someone who only got in in the first place because of affirmative action.

White privilege is when you can claim that being mayor of a town smaller than most medium-sized colleges, and then Governor of a state with about the same number of people as the lower fifth of the island of Manhattan, makes you ready to potentially be president, and people don’t all piss on themselves with laughter, while being a black U.S. Senator, two-term state Senator, and constitutional law scholar, means you’re “untested.”


White privilege is being able to say that you support the words “under God” in the pledge of allegiance because “if it was good enough for the founding fathers, it’s good enough for me,” and not be immediately disqualified from holding office--since, after all, the pledge was written in the late 1800s and the “under God” part wasn’t added until the 1950s--while if you're black and believe in reading accused criminals and terrorists their rights (because the Constitution, which you used to teach at a prestigious law school requires it), you're a dangerous and mushy liberal who isn't fit to safeguard American institutions.


White privilege is being able to be a gun enthusiast and not make people immediately scared of you.

White privilege is being able to have a husband who was a member of an extremist political party that wants your state to secede from the Union, and whose motto is “Alaska first,” and no one questions your patriotism or that of your family, while if you're black and your spouse merely fails to come to a 9/11 memorial so she can be home with her kids on the first day of school, people immediately think she’s being disrespectful.


White privilege is being able to make fun of community organizers and the work they do--like, among other things, fight for the right of women to vote, or for civil rights, or the 8-hour workday, or an end to child labor--and people think you’re being pithy and tough, but if you merely question the experience of a small town mayor and 18-month governor with no foreign policy expertise beyond a class she took in college and the fact that she lives near Russia, you’re somehow being mean, or even sexist.


White privilege is being able to convince white women who don’t even agree with you on any substantive issue to vote for you and your running mate anyway, because all of a sudden your presence on the ticket has inspired confidence in these same white women, and made them give your party a “second look.”


White privilege is being able to fire people who didn’t support your political campaigns and not be accused of abusing your power or being a typical politician who engages in favoritism, while being black and merely knowing some folks from the old-line political machines in Chicago means you must be corrupt.


White privilege is when you can take nearly twenty-four hours to get to a hospital after beginning to leak amniotic fluid, and still be viewed as a great mom whose commitment to her children is unquestionable, and whose "next door neighbor" qualities make her ready to be VP, while if you're a black candidate for president and you let your children be interviewed for a few seconds on TV, you're irresponsibly exploiting them.

White privilege is being able to give a 36-minute speech in which you talk about lipstick and make fun of your opponent, while laying out no substantive policy positions on any issue at all, and still manage to be considered a legitimate candidate, while a black person who gives an hour speech the week before, in which he lays out specific policy proposals on several issues, is still criticized for being too vague about what he would do if elected.

White privilege is being able to attend churches over the years whose pastors say that people who voted for John Kerry or merely criticize George W. Bush are going to hell, and that the U.S. is an explicitly Christian nation and the job of Christians is to bring Christian theological principles into government, and who bring in speakers who say the conflict in the Middle East is God’s punishment on Jews for rejecting Jesus, and everyone can still think you’re just a good church-going Christian, but if you’re black and friends with a black pastor who has noted (as have Colin Powell and the U.S. Department of Defense) that terrorist attacks are often the result of U.S. foreign policy and who talks about the history of racism and its effect on black people, you’re an extremist who probably hates America.


White privilege is not knowing what the Bush Doctrine is when asked by a reporter, and then people get angry at the reporter for asking you such a “trick question,” while being black and merely refusing to give one-word answers to the queries of Bill O’Reilly means you’re dodging the question, or trying to seem overly intellectual and nuanced.


White privilege is being able to go to a prestigious prep school, then to Yale and Harvard Business School (George W. Bush), and still be seen as an "average guy," while being black, going to a prestigious prep school, then Occidental College, then Columbia, and then Harvard Law, makes you "uppity" and a snob who probably looks down on regular folks.

White privilege is being able to graduate near the bottom of your college class (McCain), or graduate with a C average from Yale (W.), and that's OK, and you're still cut out to be president, but if you're black and you graduate near the top of your class from Harvard Law, you can't be trusted to make good decisions in office.

White privilege is being able to dump your first wife after she's disfigured in a car crash so you can take up with a multi-millionaire beauty queen (who you then go on to call the c-word in public) and still be thought of as a man of strong family values, while if you're black and married for nearly 20 years to the same woman, your family is viewed as un-American and your gestures of affection for each other are called "terrorist fist bumps."

White privilege is when you can develop a pain-killer addiction, having obtained your drug of choice illegally like Cindy McCain, go on to beat that addiction, and everyone praises you for being so strong, while being a black guy who smoked pot a few times in college and never became an addict means people will wonder if perhaps you still get high, and even ask whether or not you may have sold drugs at some point.


White privilege is being able to sing a song about bombing Iran and still be viewed as a sober and rational statesman, with the maturity to be president, while being black and suggesting that the U.S. should speak with other nations, even when we have disagreements with them, makes you dangerously naive and immature.

White privilege is being able to say that you hate "gooks" and "will always hate them," and yet, you aren't a racist because, ya know, you were a POW, so you're entitled to your hatred, while being black and noting that black anger about racism is understandable, given the history of your country, makes you a dangerous bigot.

White privilege is being able to claim your experience as a POW has anything at all to do with your fitness for president, while being black and experiencing racism and an absent father is apparently among the "lesser adversities" faced by other politicians, as Sarah Palin explained in her convention speech.
And finally, white privilege is the only thing that could possibly allow someone to become president when he has voted with George W. Bush 90 percent of the time, even as unemployment is skyrocketing, people are losing their homes, inflation is rising, and the U.S. is increasingly isolated from world opinion, just because white voters aren’t sure about that whole “change” thing. Ya know, it’s just too vague and ill-defined, unlike, say, four more years of the same, which is very concrete and certain…


White privilege is, in short, the problem.


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You might be right about it being more about political party. However, I must add that the OP made me have to think about my own racism. I don't consider myself a racist. I believe in equality no matter the race or gender. However, the OP did make me stop and think. Had the races been reversed...I really can see myself saying that this black man McCain ranked that low in his class, that the black woman Palin took a long time to finish college, etc. I think I would've looked at their negatives more harshly. I would've seen white Obama as very qualified.
Instead, I look at McCain's accomplishments and overlook his negatives...I don't ignore Obama's accomplishments but I still somehow question if he's qualified.
Just so you know, I'm voting for Obama, but it took a lot of soul searching. It took more than this simplistic analysis that I unfortunately would've probably done had the races been reversed.
Knowing that, and knowing I don't want to be a racist, I'm going to be more aware of how I judge people.
I am disgusted by my bias. Again, to be clear, I value equality. I don't think white people are superior to black people...but somewhere I guess in my subconscious, maybe in being raised in this society...I don't know...I have to admit I was guilty of what the OP suggested.

Thanks for posting this. I am all for self-improvement, admitting my mistakes, and learning from it. I know I'm not perfect and have made some errors in judgment. This opens my eyes to how much work I need to do in getting rid of my own insidious racism.

I've been aware for quite a long time of how sexism is similar. How judgments are often made more harshly against women. HOw there is a higher standard in judging women. And I knew racism still existed and that there are different standards. What I didn't know is that I was implementing the very same double standard.
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That was a very thought provoking article SpringCurl. And coming from a very white girl (well, 40yo+ woman), I agreed with it.
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all those "facts" over-simplify McCain as the "bad guy" and Obama as the "good guy". Reality is a LOT more complicated.

McCain has blamed nobody else for the end of his first marriage, he has taken full responsibility. A lot more was involved than her "not living up to his standards".

McCain has already been cleared of any wrong-doing with that Keating-Five business.

And you think there HASN'T been hell raised over Palin's pregnant teenager?! PLEASE.
Originally Posted by NYCurlyGirly
I think you missed the point...
Originally Posted by iara
completely and utterly.

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That was a very thought provoking article SpringCurl. And coming from a very white girl (well, 40yo+ woman), I agreed with it.
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McCain -- Service Academy graduate, career Naval Officer, fighter pilot, US Senator with a long and distinguished legislative record.

Obama -- Stayed in school instead of getting a real job, became a community rabble-rouser and race-baiter before launching undistinguished career in the Illinois legislature followed by a short stint as a US Senator where he racked up the most liberal voting record of all 100, further left than Teddy Kennedy.


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Originally Posted by CurlyDad

You scare me CurlyDad... I've seen you in a few forums and on the abortion issue, you seem a little sexist. Now in this forum, you have nothing substantial to say and clearly you didn't understand the meaning of the post. Again, you should check into your values and ask yourself the real reason you're not voting for Obama. If you find that your reasons are legitimate, then fine. But if by chance you discover that you really don't know the reason and you're just pre-disposed to judging him more harshly, then maybe you've taken a page from Mr. William Lynch's book.

Look up a few threads and check out the article on white privilage. You'd probably never admit it, but it's true. The black man has to fly to get to what the white man can walk to.
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...Just so you know, I'm voting for Obama, but it took a lot of soul searching. It took more than this simplistic analysis that I unfortunately would've probably done had the races been reversed.
Knowing that, and knowing I don't want to be a racist, I'm going to be more aware of how I judge people.
I am disgusted by my bias. Again, to be clear, I value equality. I don't think white people are superior to black people...but somewhere I guess in my subconscious, maybe in being raised in this society...I don't know...I have to admit I was guilty of what the OP suggested.

... I am all for self-improvement, admitting my mistakes, and learning from it. I know I'm not perfect and have made some errors in judgment. This opens my eyes to how much work I need to do in getting rid of my own insidious racism.
Originally Posted by Boomygrrl
I commend you. It takes a very big person to see the flaws in how they were raised and go against what they were taught. Evolution is good! Beautiful, just beautiful . We've all got a long way to come, truly. Not just the white race. It's funny, I hear some black people who question Obama just the same. That GOP propaganda goes across the race lines and just becomes self-hatred. I'm not saying that black people must vote for Obama just because he's black. I am saying, however, that the tools that have been in place in this society for hundreds of years are so effective, that we use them on ourselves to bring one another down. No other race has to do it for us... Shame on it all.

But again, your soul is beautiful. Now if we could have a little "Come to Jesus" talk with CurlyDad. That man is in denial and he loves it!
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I am going to ask a question. I don't mean for it to sound racist; just a question. I am one of those western Pennsylvanians Murtha called racist. After a lot of soul searching and listening to the candidates and what some of their ideas are, I am voting for Obama. Race was never something I thought about. I am a registered Republican and have voted predominantly Republican for 40 years. This election I knew I had to look at the issues, the candidates and make an independent choice.

I have been very upset at people like Murtha who think so many of us "whites" are racist and that the reason we won't vote for Obama is because he is black.

My question is. . . how many black people are voting for Obama because he is black. . . and that being their main reason. That to me is just as racist.
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that "white privilege" list is so blown out of proportion I don't know where to start...McCain/Palin have been RIPPED by liberals for most of the stuff on that list, so I guess "white privilige" didn't help them much there...
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My question is. . . how many black people are voting for Obama because he is black. . . and that being their main reason. That to me is just as racist.
Originally Posted by munchkin
Truly, Munchkin, you'd have to recognize that there is a system of oppression in this country. It's so subtle, yet so effective.

On the other hand, it's offensive when people suggest that the ONLY reason black people are voting for Obama is because he's black. As if to say, we don't have brains to evaluate the candidates and make a decision from that foundation.

Consider this...

No black man has ever gone as far as Obama has in this race. For us, it goes beyond Obama himself. I posted this above, but I'll say it again, truly; the black man has to fly to get to what the white man can walk to. We tell our children, you go to school and work hard and you can be whatever you want. Obama is the solidity of that statement. We don't get too many examples that are all over the news, and there's a sense of pride when you see someone who has experienced the same struggles and prejudices that you have on the ticket. I think to myself, this is what those who have come before me died and fought for. It's finally here, in my lifetime. Now the question: should my sense of pride override my logic in evaluation? Certainly not, but truly I want someone in office who understands me, my struggle, who knows what it's like to be in my skin. I'd trust that person to make decisions that were better for my community than I would someone who's never experienced it first hand, or, someone who is sympathetic to my people because they've done some soul searching and indeed recognize the system... Like Kennedy did.

Also, to be considered racist, you'd have to deem your own race as superior to the others. That's not my train of thought, but I do like to see someone who looks like me spoken of in a positive light. Just like middle aged white women loved Hillary, because they could see themselves in her. (I'm from AR by the way, but I've been Obama from the jump!)

In short, I'm not just voting for Obama because he's black, but rather, because he's a representation of the direction I'd like to see this country go in. And furthermore, he's hope to the black race that we so desperately need. I mean think about it... all of our other true black leaders were killed off....
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all those "facts" over-simplify McCain as the "bad guy" and Obama as the "good guy". Reality is a LOT more complicated.

McCain has blamed nobody else for the end of his first marriage, he has taken full responsibility. A lot more was involved than her "not living up to his standards".

McCain has already been cleared of any wrong-doing with that Keating-Five business.

And you think there HASN'T been hell raised over Palin's pregnant teenager?! PLEASE.
Originally Posted by NYCurlyGirly
I think you missed the point...
Originally Posted by iara
completely.

Iris, I've thought about this a lot. I'm really glad you posted that. Thank you.
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that "white privilege" list is so blown out of proportion I don't know where to start...McCain/Palin have been RIPPED by liberals for most of the stuff on that list, so I guess "white privilige" didn't help them much there...
Originally Posted by NYCurlyGirly
The point is that a person of color with those credentials would be laughed off the ballot and not be on the ticket for either party. Do you honestly think there was a chance in hell Obama would have been the nominee if he had that background?

There is a quote that says equality means that you can be positively mediocre and still achieve greatness. A woman with Palin's background is put forth as the candidate for the second highest office in the land and Republicans will fight you tooth and nail and say she is qualified. You cdon't think the party could have done better than her? Really?
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