Friday, June 27, 2008

Racism against Obama

I'm on MoveOn.org's mailing list. Why? Because one of my closest friends from Out-of-Town is one of their organizers, and she encouraged me to at least hear what they have to say. I've been getting their stuff for three years now and I freely admit that reading their crap (really, utter crap) was one of the deciding factors in me becoming a Republican. Thank you, MoveOn.org.

So I got an email from them today with this in it:

Right now, FOX is trying to paint Barack Obama as foreign, un-American, suspicious, and scary. They're trying to send Americans the message that our country's first viable black candidate for President is not "one of us."

We've seen this before from FOX. They won't stop until it becomes too painful to continue—until the public calls them out and advertisers start getting worried.

Now is the time to draw a line in the sand by putting FOX on notice that their behavior won't be tolerated. Nearly 100,000 Americans have already expressed their outrage. Can you express yours by adding your name to this message?

"FOX must stop injecting racism, prejudice, and fear into our political dialogue. We intend to hold FOX, its advertisers, and its personalities accountable for FOX's attempts to smear the Obamas."


Yeah, okay, MoveOn.org. Unbelievable. Name ONE, ONE racist thing said by a FOX News commentator. Honestly, are they really accusing FOX of being racists? Really?

Let me make this clear. No one on the Right thinks Obama is unfit for the role of Commander of Chief because he is black. As a matter of fact, everyone loves the fact that he is black. Even though I hope he loses, I think it is historic and important that he got as far as he did. Senator Lieberman beat all odds by becoming the first Jew (not just a Jew, but an observant Jew!!) to get nominated for major office, and we were all proud of that fact, but didn't vote for him because we disagreed with his ideals. The Right didn't withhold their support because he was a Jew! No one thinks Obama would be bad for the country because he is black. But damn right that he is scary. His ideas border on socialism. Yessireee Bob, that scares the hell out of me.

When you accuse someone of racism, you better get specific. I challenge anyone to find an iota of racism in the reporting of FOX News on Barack Obama. Quit playing the race card. Politics is tough, MoveOn.org, so why don't you get on the bus and stop playing victim. Enough.

7 comments:

Henry Morris said...

I'm sorry Fox News might not be attacking Obama in this instance. But they are definitely the most racist new casters out there.

Check out this link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=277gQDcBtMY

They be pushing the limit with there comments and commentators.

WebGirl said...

You know, maybe I'm an idiot (or maybe I'm a racist?), but I watched the YouTube vid, and I honestly don't see how the examples they give are racist. Does discussing race make you a racist? And how can you "use guests to make racist comments?" Your guests will say whatever they want! On ANY network!

I watched the YouTube vid twice, and I still don't understand why you think Fox is racist. Can you quote some specific examples on your own? And btw, Henry, if you didn't read my response to your other comment, welcome to the blog!

Look, regarding Obama: Obama's being black IS a big deal in this campaign and it's disingenuous to pretend that it's not. Obama himself makes it an issue. I see it as a positive, wonderful thing. It empowers black people who might feel disenfranchised because of the racist elements in American society...and that is great. It makes everyone feel good that if a black man can be a candidate for the highest post in the land, our nation has finally shed its legacy of slavery and prejudice. Thank God. But IT'S NOT ENOUGH to vote for the man. He would make a terrible president. He is superbly unqualified for the position.

Glenn said...

soooo happy to hear that a MO gal can be republican. Go team!!!

abandoning eden said...

first of all "No one thinks Obama would be bad for the country because he is black." This may be one of the most naive statements I have ever heard. In fact, my aunt from brooklyn specifically told me she would never vote for obama because he is black...as did my Dad. Maybe my family is super racist, but I suspect that many people think Obama would be bad for this country precisely because he is black, and I'm pretty sure a whole lot of exit polls will agree with me. You may have a good reason not to vote for him, but that doesn't mean everyone on the right does. (and btw his borderline socialism is WHY I am voting for him) :)

As for fox news, not sure what you would count as racism, but here is what fox news has been up to lately:

1. Repeatedly referring to Michelle Obama as Barak Obama's "Baby Mama" which is a slang phrase associated with black unwed mothers

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvZEZL2LmA8&feature=related
check ou the little headlines on the bottom

2. Repeatedly confusing the word "Obama" and "Osama" to the point where it seems deliberate..at one point a fox new commentator was talking about how those Hillary assassination statements, called Obama "Osama" and when corrected was like "Oh, Obama Osama, we'd get them both if we could!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjYpkvcmog0

3. When Barak fist bumped Michelle when he got the nomination (common gesture in the black community...and like, everywhere), a fox news commentator was like "fist bump? Terrorist fist jab? We'll talk more about it later!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3plZq0p9L18&feature=related

not sure if you would count these all as racist, but some (baby mama, terrorist fist jab) certainly have some racial overtones. This is just the stuff I can remember from the past few months. I'm not sure what exactly move on was reffering to, as I"m not on their mailing list.

WebGirl said...

AE,

I gotta run out so will comment fully later but two quick things:

1) You are right about one thing. When I said "No one on the Right thinks Obama is unfit for the role of Commander of Chief because he is black" what I SHOULD have said was "No one on the right of any intellect and thought thinks Obama..., etc." There are always going to be racist idiots out there. It would just make me sick to hear Obama say that he lost the election because he was black. He will hopefully lose the election because he is not fit for the job and people will come to realize that.

2) The most troubling part of your comment was about Obama's ideas bordering on socialism being attractive to you. Are you a socialist?

abandoning eden said...

i'm not active in the socialist movement or anything, but I believe that a social welfare state like many european countries, canada, etc, would be preferable to a capitalist/free market state like the US currently is.

I am a firm believer that the purpose of the government is to make up for failures in the free market...so when things aren't working, the government needs to step in and create environmental protection guidelines, provide universal health care (Cause if 50million people don't have healthcare clearly the system is broken), etc. And I also believe that higher taxes are preferable if everyone everyone had a more equal income.

Then again, i'm fairly libertarian on some issues regarding individuals. For instance, I think most drugs should be legal as long as they are not ones that make you go crazy and hurt people (like pcp), that abortion should be left up to women, that individuals legally have a right to bear arms, and that no one should be able to wire tap my phone without a warrant.

If that makes me a socialist, then I guess I am one. Why does me being a socialist trouble you so much? (besides the stereotypes associated with the word)

Anonymous said...

Racism is an easy charge to make. I just read where a NYC councilman said that any criticism of Mugabe is racism

Some of the comments that AE mentioned might be tasteless, but that's a whole different thing than saying that the arguments against Obama are based on racism. Many people who won't vote for Obama would have been happy to vote for Condi if she were the candidate.

Obama and his supporters are trying to play the race card. But whenever you hear the Left talking about racism, just remember the way the Left treats Condi, Clarence Thomas, Janice Rogers Brown, etc.

Ichabod Chrain