Okay, ENOUGH!

Posted: September 26, 2008 in Commentary

I try to be very patient with some folks at times, but I think I just lost it.

I can’t begin to tell you how tired I am of getting e-mails from folks that either drag me through quickie tours of the bowels of slavery, the segregated south, Rodney King, O.J. Katrina or the latest rumor where Sarah Palin called somebody “Sambo”, or the YouTube video of the Black kid claiming that he is the father of Bristol Palin’s child–all in an attempt to convince me that as a member of the Black race, I should be voting for Obama. Not one of the e-mails I have received from the E-underground railroad as of late go beyond reminders of the ol’ South, Jim Crow, Bull Connor and nooses to convince me why I should vote with the Black block. Using the fear that nooses could swing again in trees or an attack from a police dog is eminent unless I vote ‘the right way’ doesn’t work with me.

What really gets me is that folks out there are actually running with some of these rumors as if they were true. These are GROWN folks I’m talking about.

I absolutely L-O-V-E my people, but I tell ya’, I getting real tired of this one-trick pony we trot out every election season. Most of the world is talking about the state of the global economy and many of us are stuck on finding the invisible Arctic Negroes Palin could have offended. The same folks that will send you scriptures from the Bible or a video clip from their favorite preacher or gospel singer are the main ones out there peddling some of the most nasty, vile and downright racist e-mails concerning this election. Don’t tell me on one hand that Palin is White trash while the tagline of your e-mail says “Jesus is my co-pilot”. That ain’t right.

Simply put, race should not the only language we speak in the land of politics.

if none of this applies to you, don’t bother commenting.

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Comments
  1. Roni says:

    You betta SAY IT !

  2. LeGioNofZioN says:

    well said Duane, but it will take a while for everyone to get it. Obama has to win and fail miserably at his task. This will empower conservatives (of all stripes) to come together to fix a worsening situation presided over by Obama. Personally I think Barack’s rise in the democrat party will help some of the wise and quick rising minority stars of the republicans to gain ground and the next president could be a black republican of good conscience and great character.

  3. Give it a rest says:

    Duane,

    Everyone does have a right to partaqke in the political process no matter what level of knowledge they possess.
    I will bet you that many of the folks that are reaching out to you are not as well educated and do NOT have as good of a grasp on the current political situation that you may think you have.

    So, NO do not expect to see the average joe forward you information about the economy and foriegn affairs that they truly do not understand or “know what they are talking about”.

    Whether we like it or not either John McCain or Barak Obama WILL be the next president of the United States. Yeah I know there are some other fringe players in the game but honestly they do not have a shot. IF you care you must make a choice between either the democratic candidate or the republican one.
    Obama appears to be the best chance this country has IF we want to see a change. THAT is why sooooooooo many black folks want to see him win.
    Other the otherhand they also want him to win BECAUSE he IS black! What is the problem with that? Not for nothing but he is equally or more qualified than that other dude from Arizona.

    As a blackman with aspirations within the republican party maybe you should be more concerned about all of those “other” people who openly state they will not vote for Obama because his is BLACK!

    Think about it, IF Obama was running as a Rebuplican I am sure the vast majority of black folks would cross the party line and vote for him. While many, many of your white GOP “Friends” would than jump ship and vote for a white democrat.
    The logic is kinda twisted here if you are concerned about people VOTING for someone because he is the same race as opposed to people NOT VOTING for someone because of the candidate is of a different race.

    “rising minorty stars in the republican party” Hehehehehe!
    Oh I guess that was J.C. Watts a few years ago, why dont you ask him what he thinks of the republican party today!

  4. Will says:

    There is no excuse for anyone , especially a Black person, to choose McCain over Obama. There are people on the PTA at our children’s school who are more able than McCain. And Palin? Oh Puhleeeze……… Obama is an intelligent, even tempered, Harvard -educated, young, strong Black man. What’s not to like?

  5. Duane says:

    So, NO do not expect to see the average joe forward you information about the economy and foriegn affairs that they truly do not understand or “know what they are talking about”.

    What I expect is those who claim to be so vested in ‘telling the truth’ and ‘keeping it real’ to do just that. If someone wants to go into the accomplishments of Obama, I have no problem with that. But don’t run with every rumor you hear about the side you don’t support as if it was true. That’s not keeping it real.

    As a blackman with aspirations within the republican party maybe you should be more concerned about all of those “other” people who openly state they will not vote for Obama because his is BLACK!

    Two things:

    1. I’m not a Republican.
    2. According to Democrats, a substantial part of their own party is not voting for him because he his Black.

    Think about it, IF Obama was running as a Rebuplican I am sure the vast majority of black folks would cross the party line and vote for him.

    Puhleeze. Obama would then be known as the half-White candidate who only spent a few years in the hood to gain street cred. You know how this goes bruh.

    The logic is kinda twisted here if you are concerned about people VOTING for someone because he is the same race as opposed to people NOT VOTING for someone because of the candidate is of a different race.

    Not my concern at all. This post is all about folks who cannot engage in political discussion in any way unless they are scaring you with reminders of Blacks getting hosed down in the streets, lynched in the woods or pictures of MLK getting handcuffed. Just treat people like adults and deal with the issues AT HAND.

  6. LeGioNofZioN says:

    Well said Duane, Give it a rest and will are so far off base they must never have left the states. I’m going to back up my statements with facts, without expressing my background or experiences, in the hopes pure logic will educate our friends here. Look at Mississippi, the Sen Eric Powell a Democrat, was elected by a majority white population (state wide speaking) by runnign not on a traditional Dem platform, but a conservative platform, of anti Abortion, pro 2nd amendment and cutting taxes. So a black man in arguably the most racist state in your union can win when running on conservative credentials. As for up and coming rising stars of the republicans … Bobby Jindal the first Indian American elected to govern a state, the great state a Louisiana, Michael Steele, Jc Watts and Alan Keyes are old news, cause now Newt Gingrich’s new conservative organization has Princella Smith, and when you hear that woman talk … you will find it hard to argue with straight facts and logic. And on top of those poised to make a big move within the party there and many young people just like myself (although they at least are American) who have found that conservative principals are of paramount importance to success and moving forward. It’s not a sollution to every issue, but it gives a grounding or base if you will upon which we can grow in sustainable and intelligent fashion. I got cousins that will vote Obama in November exclusively because of race. they barely follow politics and couldn’t be bothered to read a newspaper a day for their lives. and that is their prerrogative. If you are black and you are Christian and you let Jesus Christ into your heart and you ask him to guide you forward…. then in good faith and conscience you could not vote Obama. I am thankful I am a canuck, cause as much as I wouldn’t vote for Barack, I wouldn’t vote for McCain either.

  7. Tamara says:

    Well said Duane. People assume if you are not voting for Obama that you are voting for McCain. Last time I looked at the ballot (at least here in Cali) there were more than two names for president. Yes I am a proud black woman, but I don’t agree with many of Obama’s policies. I just can’ t support him for president with a clear conscience. Does that mean I’m voting for McCain? No. That means I’m voting for the candidate who represents my views and demonstrates that through the policies they endorse and/or create.
    And so far I haven’t seen that from either major party candidate.

  8. Not that I am a fan of Senators as President, but that’s a story for another day. If Democrats were serious about the qualifications and experience argument, Hillary Clinton would be the nominee. Senator Obama claims to be a transformative, concilatory individual. In fact, he has been among the most partisan, ideological members of the US Senate. He has benefited from a media-tailwind. Admittedly, he is an effective organizer, but he is more appearance than reality. The qualifications/experience argument belongs to McCain-Palin.

  9. S. Cain says:

    I think people tend to connect with the presidential ticket and not the coalitions behind them. I suspect Obama’s Cabinet will be more effective than McCain’s. That’s where my focus is. Maybe Clinton will be Sec. of State, and imagine if Obama chose McCain to be Sec. of Defense. It’s not impossible, and may be just what we need as a nation at this time, instead of this obviously partisan nature of these campaigns. What about Palin as Sec. of Energy? Imagine if Obama happen to put on his Cabinet most of the people who actually ran for President, and added a Department of Peace a la Kucinich just to top it off. Lets not be too quick to believe that the slate will be clean after the election, the problems of Nov. 3 will still be around Nov. 5. I personally believe the whole “big government/small government” is a misnomer- it’s just another way to add partisan contrast for differing ways and methods of ruling.
    What I don’t want is Head Start cut.

  10. wien1938 says:

    Duane, excellent points well made.

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