BREAKING NEWS: VOTERS VOTE FOR CANDIDATES THAT ARE ARTICULATE!!!!

Of course to 99% of American’s this is nothing new or shocking. But then again, 99% of you aren’t GOP Congressman Joe Walsh who decided to pull the ‘ TEH BLACKS MAN WON CUZ HE WAZ …” argument in an interview with Dave Wiegel.

Why was he elected? Again, it comes back to who he was. He was black, he was historic. And there’s nothing racist about this. It is what it is. If he had been a dynamic, white, state senator elected to Congress he wouldn’t have gotten in the game this fast. This is what made him different. That, combined with the fact that your profession” — another friendly tap of the bumper sticker —”not you, but your profession, was just absolutely compliant. They made up their minds early that they were in love with him. They were in love with him because they thought he was a good liberal guy and they were in love with him because he pushed that magical button: a black man who was articulate, liberal, the whole white guilt, all of that.”

This is the kind of thing conservatives say that shows they don’t hangout with many black folk. Or history professors for that matter.  Because had Joe Walsh paid any attention to the…oh the last 30 or so years of presidential politics, he would have noticed that voters tend to like candidates that have a knack for communicating their message. Which is why people voted for Reagan because he was “The Great Communicator” or Clinton because “he felt their pain” or Dubya because “he was the kind of guy you could sit down and have a beer with”.  And yet President Obama was elected because “he was articulate AND black”.

SHOCKING I KNOW!!

Forget the fact that after eight years of President Bush, the 2008 election was the Democrat’s election to lose, or the fact that he ran a revolutionary ground campaign or the fact that Republicans nominated John McCain and Sarah freaking Palin to represent their party. Obama only won because he was a black man that didn’t use ebonics and shit.

Of course, I shouldn’t be surprised that a party that doesn’t believe in evolution, global warming, birth certificates, and science in general would be shocked, SHOCKED I SAY, by an intelligent black man.

But still, if you consider yourself any type of intelligent conservative you should feel at least a little ashamed that your party is filled with candidates who so regularly say outright retarded things.

I’m just saying…

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The Real Face of Racism in America

This article by Ta-Nehisi Coates is one of the best articles on race that I’ve read in awhile. You should read the whole thing but here’s a key excerpt :

We spend a lot of time attacking people for playing the race-card–I’ve done my share. But what largely animates this idea that crying racism is an overused tactic (as opposed to say crying antisemitism) is this notion that among polite, thinking people, there are no employers of racism. Racism is the trade of the American savage–the man who flies the Confederate flag, has an undiscovered dead dog under the porch, and lives in West Virginia. This man doesn’t walk among the civilized.

But here is your political correctness run amok:

James Watson argues, not simply that there may be a biological explanation for IQ differences, but says of notions of intellectual equality, “people who have to deal with black employees find this not to be true,” and be held up as a truth-teller.

A series of newsletters entitled the Ron Paul Freedom Report, The Ron Paul Survival Report, The Ron Paul Politcal Report are revealed to be incredibly racist. (“Order was only restored in L.A. when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks” Martin Luther King “seduced underaged girls and boys.”) But Paul knows nothing about them, and is the farthest thing from a racist. (“Ron thinks Martin Luther King is a hero.”)

Duane “Dog Chapman is recorded repeatedly calling a black woman a nigger, but his son says the following of him, “My dad is not a racist man. If he was he would have no hair. He’d have swastikas on his body and he would go around talking about Hitler. That’s what a racist is to me.”

Geraldine Ferraro claims that a black guy has only succeeded at presidential politics because he’s black (twice!) but is most offended by the notion that someone would think she was racist. (Since March, when I was accused of being racist for a statement I made about the influence of blacks on Obama’s historic campaign, people have been stopping me to express a common sentiment: If you’re white you can’t open your mouth without being accused of being racist.”)

Michael Richards, repeatedly, yells at a black heckler, “He’s a nigger!” then goes on national TV and says he’s bothered that people think he’s racist. “I’m not a racist,” Richards said. “That’s what’s so insane.”

We live in a country that may well be offended by racism, but it’s equally offended that anyone might actually charge as much.

Truth to power man, truth to power.

Measuring History One Child At a Time

This seems pretty significant

Last week I shared with you all my challenges in discussing race with my six-year-old, and I just wanted to share what’s happened since.

After the MLK assignment, which required him to color in Dr. King, Justin was given an assignment on Abraham Lincoln. As with the MLK homework, Justin was instructed to color in the president, or he would actually lose points onhis assignment. With no instruction from us we left him to color in the picture of Abraham Lincoln. The image above is what he created.

Yeah So we asked him why he colored in Abraham Lincoln brown. He could have said a number of things, like “he’s on a penny, and a penny is brown,” or he “looked brown in the picture.” And it’s unlikely he’s read Leroy Vaughn¹s book, Black People and Their Place In World History, which asserts that Lincoln indeed had African ancestry. So why did he do it?

“He was a president and the President is brown.”

Wow. Wherever you stand on the debate of Barack¹s race and its relevance to us, the impact has been made and it is undeniable

Jesse Jackson Jr To Replace Obama In The Senate?

Man I wish my dad was famous.

For those looking for a reason to not vote for Barack Obama here’s a big one. If elected, there’s a good chance that Jesse Jackson Jr could replace Obama in the Senate.

That would be the same race baiting Jesse Jackson Jr who accomplished the rare double whammy when he managed to play the race card AND the Hurricane Katrina card, not once but TWICE in less than two minutes.

…there were tears that melted the Granite State. And those are tears that Mrs. Clinton cried on that day, clearly moved voters. She somehow connected with those voters.

But those tears also have to be analyzed. They have to be looked at very, very carefully in light of Katrina, in light of other things that Mrs. Clinton did not cry for, particularly as we head to South Carolina where 45% of African-Americans who participate in the Democratic contest, and they see real hope in Barack Obama.

And:

We saw something very clever in the last week of this campaign coming out of Iowa, going into New Hampshire, we saw a sensitivity factor. Something that Mrs. Clinton has not been able to do with voters that she tried in New Hampshire.

Not in response to voters — not in response to Katrina, not in response to other issues that have devastated the American people, the war in Iraq, we saw tears in response to her appearance. So her appearance brought her to tears, but not hurricane Katrina.

Obama Surrogate: Obama Is First Black Leader Who Is Not A “Victim

What this man has done, Barack Obama, is, he, for the first time I think, as a black leader in America, has come to the American people not as a victim, but rather as a leader.
— Obama-backing Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo

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I wonder how:

Martin Luther King Jr
Malcolm X
Jesse Jackson
Bill Cosby
Fredrick Douglass

and other black leader feels about these comments.

I don’t think she meant these comments to be horribly offensive but I do think it was an “off the script” moment that gives insight into the thoughts of many white liberal elites who support Obama. It’s comments like this that show there’s this underlying stereotype that, even among liberal elitles, that black people as a whole are more focused on playing the victim then lifting themselves up in America.

I agree with Barack Obama, as many people do, that there’s a diversity of feelings in the African American community. Of course there is. But the Deus Ex Machina phenomena that surrounds Obama is rooted in the fundamental prejudice and stereotype that afflicts the African American community. Or rather, when people claim that Obama is special because of his abilities and his race, they also infer that the stereotypes around African Americans is true.

It’s not Obama’s fault and certainly McCaskill didn’t intend to offend with her VERY poorly choosen words, but it just goes to show that many people who support Obama to “promote race relations” are also entrenching the prejudicial mindset.