Taking the Bait

Final Argument – Part 1

We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

Regardless of political affiliation, if you are to believe that racism in this world is a thing of the past I say you must be living under a rock. The overwhelming silence of John McCain and the few Good Republicans left is amazing.

So I ask again, Black Republicans, Asian Republicans, Hispanic Republicans, Muslim Republicans and even White Republicans who are supporting John McCain Where Are You?

You can not tell me that you approve of this behavior. How can you just stand there silent?

One can change the world, but it takes one to want to change it. You may disagree with me politically, but to not do something about this is not who you are. I respect your right to buy into the Republican philosophy, but you must stand against overt racism within it.

Again we watched another Republican, McCain Supporter and Campaign Volunteer poke the verbal accusation stick of race into the growing bonfire of hate, ignorance and fear. All too often we find people of all races anxious to believe the worse.

To add more coded and divisive language we look at the rogue republican Sarah Palin. We hear that she excites “The Base”. What base is that? Why hasn’t she talked inclusively instead of the…

We believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the Real America, being here with all of you hard working, very patriotic, very Pro-America areas of this great nation.– GOV. SARAH PALIN (R-AK)

What?

So you’re acknowledging that there’s two America’s. Haven’t we seen this before? We’ve tried the Separate, but Equal strategy. We’ve tried the North vs. the South strategy. The notion of the Pro & Anti-America, Rich & Poor America, Red States & Blue States America and even the White & Black America? And the end results are the same, a divided America.

Mrs. Palin if John McCain does become President which America will you look out for, Pro-America or all of America? Don’t try to spin this into “what she means is…” crap, because the actions of this campaign are explanation enough of what she means.

Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) who felt comfortable enough saying on Hardball with Chris Matthews “I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out, are they Pro-America or Anti-America. I think people would love to see an expose like that.”

Well this is your expose; do you like what you see?

Racism, Race Baiting, Fear Mongering, Xenophobia and other divisive and coded language. Has become common in the campaign season. Why? Because there’s a serious contender that dispels the misconceptions, inaccurate accusations and biases that has been accepted in American towards Black men and anyone else for what it’s worth.

We saw it in the Democratic Primaries although not as blatant as we’ve seen in during the General Election. Each time I called on those who were silent to speak up and speak out against it.

Everything isn’t racial, but it’s hard to deny the ever growing documented list of elected officials in addition to regular citizens who choose to expose their biases. The common denominators of the vast majority of the perpetrators are White Republicans.

The silence of the White Republicans who disagree can barely be heard by the roar of the outrageous ones. I know that they’re out there and I’ve tried to name some of them. Some has decided to speak out late, but at least they have spoken. Now do something.

I have multiple examples, but I have provided multiple additional resources and suggest you just do a search using the word “Racism” in the search bar on the right of this blog to see other examples.

John Moody, Executive Vice President of FOX News was one of those anxious to believe the worse and use it as some sort of Political Rosewood styled indictment of Barack Obama. Insane, but the true indictment of his post was this line… “If the incident turns out to be a hoax, Senator McCain’s quest for the presidency is over, forever linked to race-baiting.”

Well the silence is deafening from FOX News, Conservative Talk Radio and the Right-Winged Bloggers who love to bash so-called “Liberals”. Where’s your outrage now? How does it feel to have one of your own escort you down the path of forever linked to race-baiting?

Sen. McCain, this is not who you are. I defended you in 2000 when Karl Rove, George Bush and other members of YOUR party use these tactics against you in South Carolina. George Bush I even defended your sorry ass when Black Democrats accused you of being a racist. I know that you’re not a true racist. But when you stand silently on the sidelines without demonstration or opposition to the injustice; you in fact become apart of the problem instead of working towards the solution.

What have you become? Have you taken the bait Mr. Jim Crow has dangled in front of you? Would you really rather lose your integrity to win an election?

If you win next Tuesday, what type of win would it be? Who would have really won?

I’m done.

Additional Resources:
New York Times – 10/08/08 “Politics of Attack
Atlanta Journal Constitution – 10/24/08 “The Aftermath of Ashley Todd’s Story
Time – 12/14/02 “Lott, Reagan and Republican Racism
Huffington Post – 10/08/08 “Campbell Brown Blasts McCain Campaign for Race Baiting
Atlanta Journal Constitution – 10/15/08 “McCain’s Silence Lends Weight to Race-Baiting
MSNBC Countdown “Special Comment
SeattlePI.com – 09/04/08 “GOP revives culture and class wars
The Hill – 09/04/08 “Westmoreland calls Obama ‘uppity’
USA Today – 04/14/08 “Lawmaker sorry he called Obama boy
The New York Observer – 10/07/08 “Black Congressmen Declare Racism in Palin’s Rhetoric
Crooks & Liars – 10/16/08 “McCain/Palin Supporters Let Their Racist Roots Show
Pittsburgh Tribune Review “Police say McCain worker made up attack story”
CBS News “Cops: McCain Worker Made Up Story…
KDKA-Pittsburgh – 10/24/08 “McCain Campaign Volunteer Faces Charges in Attack Hoax
FOX News Forum (John Moody) – 10/23/08 “Moment of Truth
ABC News – 10/17/08 “Local GOP Group’s Mailing Shows Obama’s face, Watermelon, Ribs, Fried Chicken on Food Stamps
The Press-Enterprise – 10/16/08 “Inland GOP mailing depicts Obama’s face on food stamps
The Seattle Times – 10/15/08 “…Waterboard Obama
Baltimore Sun – 10/13/08 “Hateful GOP rhetoric looks like bad omen
Washington Post – 09/23/08 “McCain Loses His Head
Honolulu Advertiser – 10/12/08 “GOP Accused of Hatred, Hostility
And Many More…

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2 thoughts on “Taking the Bait

  1. I agree, racism and discrimination is alive and well in this country, and it emits from all races about all races. But we need to stop the hypocrisy if we truly want it to go away.

    When you have a presidential candidate that “pokes the verbal accusation stick of race into the growing bonfire of hate, ignorance and fear” by calling saying things like “they don’t want you to vote for me because I don’t look like the other presidents on those dollar bills”, or when referring to his grandmother, he used a phrase like ‘typical white person’, you have to ease up on the other campaign as they’ve said nothing remotely as inflamatory. Imagine if McCain said something like “typical black people will only vote for the black guy”? Or “don’t vote for him because he doesn’t look like the guys on the dollar bills”?

    The same goes with companies that have to fill certain racial quotas, even though they may pass over more qualified candidates.

    What’s wrong is wrong. You can’t have one side do it, and not the other. What our country did to the slaves was horrible, disgusting, and so on, but at this point, all we do is perpectuate racial anger by pointing out someone’s race when it comes to office, hiring, financial aid etc.

    I believe MLK Jr. was right in that we should judge a man, not by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character. I have hired people based on talent and character, chosen my friends based on this, and done business accordingly. I have been discriminated against because of the color of my skin, and it hasn’t been fun. However, it has made me more resolved to be more successful, and prove that discrimination based on color is inherently unjust and wasteful.

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