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From a sad old white guy....on election day

Posted on: November 4, 2008 6:13 pm
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Odd thoughts while wondering whatever happened to Henry Aaron:

I hoped the title made you cringe a little bit. I hope it made you uncomfortable. I hope it made you wonder if what you were about to read would be a racist bash on Barack Obama.

Don't worry, it isn't.

Nor is it a commendation for Obama. What it is, is a sad revelation that I had this weekend.

My church sponsored a 'Trunk or Treat' for neighborhood kids on Saturday, Nov. 1st. One of our families was dressed as secret service personnel. (Actually, they looked more like the Blues Brothers, but we'll let that slide). In discussions with the dad, we discussed the election. In the discussion, we mused to what the job of a secret service worker might be like if Obama wins today. We both thought that the job would become much more difficult.

I began to trace back the thought. Why would it be more difficult? The answer is obvious. As the first black president, Obama would automatically be a target for anti black groups. This saddens me, as a victim of racial violence in the late 60s and early 70s. I was victimized by watching black friends deal with all kinds of bigotry as a young man. I lived in an area with great cultural and racial diversity. During times of racial unrest, I would not be able to see my black and Hispanic friends. It just wasn't good practice. Sooner or later, someone in our group would suffer the consequences. I had full cans of pop and bricks thrown at me by white people for being an 'N.... lover'. My friends received crap from blacks for being an 'Uncle Tom'. Most of this was perpetrated by people from outside our community who came in for the 'fun'.

So, why would Obama be a target. The sad realization is this. We really haven't come that far in race relations. Never, to my knowledge, has a sitting president been a target for assasination because of the COLOR OF HIS SKIN. Thus, the conclusion has to be that blacks have never targeted the president for totally racial reasons. I feel assured that will not be the case if Obama is elected.

Racism is merely clouded by political correctness. No minority group should ever be concerned with the view of someone like John Rocker. He was visible and 'on the record' with his views. He was nuts, but you knew where he stood.  The danger comes from racists who profess to be tolerent of racial differences. Ask our service men and women fighting in Iraq, Afganistan, and formerly in Viet Nam. When you cannot see your enemy, or identify your enemy in a group of people, it becomes exponentially more difficult to fight. Oh yes, racism still exists in great quantity. Now, people don't profess it publicly. They hide it behind closed doors of board rooms , in exectutive offices, or even in community meetings. The racism is more covert than it was in the 60s and 70s, but it is still there.

I welcome minority views. If I am all wet, I apologize. If not, understand that there is one guy out here who trys to get it. I will never know how you feel, but I feel for you.

God bless you all and God Bless America.

Take care.

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Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2008 9:08 pm
 

From a sad old white guy....on election day

Awesome post moms:

I hope I never forget how it felt in those days. My dad was very bigoted, but he never pushed it on the rest of the family. As I got older, and he would 'express himself' around my kids, I would remind him that I didn't want that kind of garbage going on in front of my kids. If they picked up that kind of belief, (and thank God none of them did) I wanted them to learn that hate on their own.

My dad would shut it down immediately. But of course, he was bigoted against everything. Race, religion, body piercings on males, facial hair and long hair. Come to think of it, I often thought my dad was the prototype for Archie Bunker.

One of my hopes is that more people will lovingly correct people show disapproval of the first family because of the color of their skin. Barack Obama is the president elect. He will give people plenty of reasons not to like him once he starts making exective decisions. Let that be how  and why we show our displeasure.

On another front, it is kind of nice to see the world championing us for the results of the election.

Take care.




Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2008 8:59 pm
 

From a sad old white guy....on election day

Thanks Crookedlettaman:

I hope you are right. Most of the good could come undone really fast if some idiot gets loose and does harm to Mr. Obama.

As I watched television, and saw the tears of thousands of African Americans, I couldn't help thinking of Martin Luther King. Was this the moment he was talking about when he quoted the old Negro Spiritual? Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, we're free at last.

To hear the hope spoken makes me believe that perhaps we've turned a corner. At least the shackels are off. Because now, the American dream is open to a whole new American group....both in color and generationally.

Take care.




Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2008 2:15 am
 

From a sad old white guy....on election day

I remember those days, perhaps that's why Tuesday was more important then a lot of people realize.  It had been less then 50 years since men were being killed trying to get black men registered to vote.  That the color of skin determined where you sat, where you ate, what fountain you drank from. 

Thankfully I never forgot how I felt when I heard of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr and Bobby Kennedy.

I remember in elementary school, where "walkers" got to go home for lunch from time to time, especially right before the class parties.  How I use to invite a little girl who lived to far away to walk home and had to ride the bus, to our house for lunch on those days.  How we were friends, through elementary school, through scouts.  How the color of her skin didn't matter to me, nor the color of mine never seemed to matter to her.   Though my parents, who were raised with such prejudices, overlooked those prejudices and never dissuaded us from having friends of any race, religion or gender.  How the neighborhood couldn't understand how my parents could let her come into our house.

I have to be thankful to my parents and grandparents, who had obvious prejudices, never passed it on to us.  That I've taught my daughter not to look at a persons skin or their religion or their financial class to determine her friends. 

How sad that there is still racism, after all this time.  After too many had died to ensure that all men are created equal, regardless of skin color.  And yes, alot of it is still cloaked in political correctness, only professed behind closed doors for the extent, while the more open ones, a minority of which have gone to extremes to recreate the sins of the past. 

Tuesday night I cried, not out of sadness, but out of happiness.  Just as JFK's election was monumental because it opened the door and pushed away prejudices based on religion, this past election got most of us looking past race and again gave hope that not "if" a woman is ever elected President...just when a woman is elected President. 

Hopefully it will be our grandchildren who will completely realize how foolish their grandparents and great grandparents were to hate just because of someone's differences. 



Since: Sep 24, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2008 2:15 am
 

From a sad old white guy....on election day

Excellent post sir.  As a 26 year old, I don't claim to have the breadth of experience you possess. I do disagree, however, that the US has not achieved tremendous progress in race relations.  I think the fact even Obama's opponent, in his concession speech, could speak about the historical significance of electing an African American to the presidency reveals alot about the racial progress we've made.  I also believe the Secret Service has learned from the mistakes that contributed to the assasination and near assasination of JFK and Ronald Reagan respectively.  Let's hope no harms comes to the president-elect because he offers so much hope and inspiration to millions the world over.



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2008 11:46 pm
 

From a sad old white guy....on election day

Neil:

Thanks as always. I appreciate your balance and views. If only we would celebrate our differences. How boring our world would be if we were all the same.

Dr. Martin Luther King was assasinated when I was in the 6th grade. Bobby Kennedy was assinated just two months later. Having witnessed these two strong men in America at a young age gave me hope that some day, this racial bias that we experience might someday be a thing of the past.

I think Dr. King would be quite pleased tonight. Quietly pleased. It was very humbling to see the pictures of so many kids cheering, crying for Mr. Obama. I pray for a ReUnited States of America.

And no, it's you who support the wrong team....but what else can you expect from a Brit.....

Take care!




Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2008 11:40 pm
 

From a sad old white guy....on election day

 Sircheeks....

For one so young, you seem so insightful. My prayer for you is that you live long enough to see some significant shift in the cultural views in this great land. I've often teasingly said that we should all be forced to marry outside our racial group for two generations to put an end, once and for all, to racial stereotyping.

Good luck to you. May your children and grandchildren reap rich rewards from the victory that Mr. Obama achieved this day.

God Bless




Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2008 10:08 pm
 

From a sad old white guy....on election day

Unitas from what little I know of you from your posts I have nothing but respect for you. Back home in England I had friends who were  "Culturally and ethnically diverse" and I too suffered for my friends (Not as bad as you it seems) but it is a sign of who we are and what we believe in.

I am of the personal belief that until we stop refering to people by their colour (BOTH WAYS) we will never defeat the bigotry of race. Judge people by who they are, what they believe in ( not necessarily religion) and how they act. NOT thier color... real simple for me but real hard for many I guess!

Your only problem is you support the wrong football team!!!!

 




Since: Jun 30, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2008 9:00 pm
 

From a sad old white guy....on election day

Here's one for you.

As an African American college student enrolled at a predominantly white school, there are so many social taboos that go unspoken. While many people openly profess their acceptance of inter-racial dating, there are many more who would simply cringe at the idea.

And I'm not just talking about outsiders.

Being in a relationship with someone of a different race comes with so many unwanted labels and feelings. On one hand, it shouldn't matter whether a person is Hispanic, African, Caucasian, Chinese, or Indian. On the other hand, you can't help but feel uncomfortable with the situation - not because of the other person, but because of how other will perceive you. There is a stereotype for every different ethnic group, but what many fail to acknowledge is the stereotype for those who chose to date outside of their race.

A white male dating a black women is viewed as weak.
A white woman dating a black man is inferior or "weird" for doing so.
An Asian woman dating a white male is a "gold digger" or something along those lines.

The list goes on. Whether fairly or not, people are judged and labeled based on who they are with. I had a white female friend who married a man from Ghana. Her parents refused to even show up at her wedding because they were so against the marriage.

It's just not fair.



As far as Obama is concerned, you're absolutely right. There very well may be an increase in assassination attempts and racial slurs thrown around against him. I doubt we'd reach the level of protesting and public demonstrations, but this will seriously test how far we've come as a nation.


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