I know there will be individuals who will instantly disagree with me without sincerely taking into consideration what it is I’m stressing isn’t a political partisan attack, but a warning.
I’m not coming against your precious or regarded political beliefs. I don’t care if you’re a Republican, Democrat or subscribe to any other political party. I’m just trying to point out something that some may not realize their actions or the actions of those in whom they support is suggesting.
My intentions are not to personally attack any specific group, because all are guilty of this. I’m raising this point because of the message that’s being delivered over the past year throughout the world that is silently confirming a sad reality in our political and social systems. Damn me if you please, it doesn’t bother me. I hold not political power or influence with any political official to my knowledge.
During the Judicial Confirmation Hearings for Judge Sonia Sotomayor this week, we have patiently listened to some Senators harp on certain questions over and over and over again. What part of the answer do they not understand? If they just read and listen to the context of what the judge had to say they would clearly comprehend what she’s saying. But there’s something else at work here that I’m telling you will backfire if it is continued and if socio-politically aware advisors are paying attention to press the question to voters it will be difficult to dispute.
Race baiting – Now please understand that race baiting is not an exclusive tactic used by politicians, because it has been effectively used in religion too. It’s not an exclusive practice of a political party, because multiple parties have used it. It’s not just used by a specific ethnic group or exclusively directed by another ethnic group, because many ethnic groups including Black and White have used it, so make note that I’m again not suggesting that it’s just one group doing this. The silence of one group’s actions of the other’s use of race baiting is equally as wrong.
Being too timid or apprehensive of openly discussing what can be a sensitive topic of race because of the unwillingness to address the uncomfortable truths in our society is not a good strategy. Own up to it and let’s move on. The more one denies it, the more the other will resent them, however subtle it may be.
So in the nicest way I can put this, Judge Sonia Sotomayor does not dislike White Men. I can come up with some reason to distrust some White men, but I would contradict myself with an equal number of reasons to trust some White men. I have Black family members who I don’t trust and some who I trust absolutely. Stop asking the same question over and over again and just read the speech. Should I say it again? Consider what she is saying, the context of the entire statement and not just what you want to hear. You can take and some have taken a phrase from this blog and attempted to use it against me as if I’m some sort of racist. Not reading the rest of the statement that proves their assumptions false, they just seek an argument and disagreement.
The message some politicians questioning Judge Sotomayor is sending to minority constituencies, which includes White women is negative and a growing stench of some level of racial animosity or lack of cultural socialization or something, because it’s backfiring. It makes the argument I’ve strive to convey to people that White people are not innately evil or racist, because we can point out the same attributes in all races. But if a political party continues to march down this road of racial alienation it will be a party that is made up of primarily White men with an extreme minority of women and other races.
I may not subscribe to the current ideology of ones political party, but I’m fair minded enough to listen and consider what it has to say and even defend certain aspects I agree with. I just hate seeing someone or something destroy or damage itself. Please listen to what I’m saying to you. The race baiting is backfiring, we can see behind the curtain Wizard of Oz. We may disagree politically, but I know you’re smarter than this. Why aren’t the grown-ups of the party doing something about this? More importantly, why aren’t the adults of my own political affiliation speaking up?
In the end of it all Judge Sotomayor will most likely be confirmed. When she is I ask you to watch the reaction of those who are campaigning against her as a racist. Observe the intent of their words and pay attention to their actions.
Racism is not dead, but sincere love, respect and honest cooperation for justice and equality for all can be what helps kill it. Don’t let your silence be the confirmation it needs to continue living.References & Inspirations The Atlantic – 07/15/09 “The Efficacy of Race-Baiting” Human Events – 07/14/09 “Pat Buchanan: How to Handle Sonia” The Daily Beast – 07/14/09 “Yes, It’s All About Race” Huffington Post – 07/14/09 “Sessions Suggests Sotomayor Should Have Been Influence By Her Ancestry” The White House Blog – 06/04/09 “A New Modern Record” U.S. Senate Judicial Committee – “Supreme Court Assoc. Justice Sonia Sotomayor Questionnaire”
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