Friday, October 17, 2008

Obama Bucks And White Pride

During the final debate McCain made quite the point of expressing his pride in his supporters.

Let me just say categorically I'm proud of the people that come to our rallies. Whenever you get a large rally of 10,000, 15,000, 20,000 people, you're going to have some fringe peoples. You know that. And I've -- and we've always said that that's not appropriate.

I'm not going to stand for people saying that the people that come to my rallies are anything but the most dedicated, patriotic men and women that are in this nation and they're great citizens.

And I'm not going to stand for somebody saying that because someone yelled something at a rally -- there's a lot of things that have been yelled at your rallies, Senator Obama, that I'm not happy about either.

All along the way he just happened to have fringe groups pushing a racist message.  Let's just examine a few of the things that these wonderful supporters have done in your name senator,  Obama Waffles, Obama Effigy hanging at  George Fox University, John McLaughlin referring to Obama as an oreo, terrorist fist jab, and Snohomish County's "3$ billThese are the supporters that John McCain declared pride in at the last and final debate. 

Somehow quite fantastically he expressed surprise at being compared to George Wallace.  If you can see obvious acts of racism and say nothing to deter these actions, why should it come as a surprise to be labelled a bigot?

We are expected to ignore the obvious and pretend that the racism and hate is not being actively stoked by the GOP.  We are all just suffering some sort of group hallucination.  We just seem to keep seeing things that either aren't there are misinterpreting the intent of the message.

So today when I read that The October newsletter by the Chaffey Community Republican Women, Federated says if Obama is elected his image will appear on food stamps -- instead of dollar bills like other presidents, I simply assumed that I was yet another participant in the social delusion that is sweeping across North America.


Somehow we are all expected to believe that they did not know that this image would offend anyone.  How could  a black man turned into a donkey with a big bucket of chicken, and a huge slice of watermelon ever be construed as racist.  Black people are just to sensitive.   What is this world coming too when playing on belittling stereotypes causes offence? 

When did it suddenly become so wrong to employ white privilege to define difference? Aren't people aware that America was constructed to benefit whites and therefore any other race should just accept their inferior status as part of residing in the God Fear US of A.  Isn't it enough that Barack was "given" all his privilege due to reverse discrimination? Now people are being asked to accept him as a legitimate leader...what is this world coming too?  There was a time when the negro knew his place. If he and his guilt ridden white liberal buddies are going to say that joe six pack should just accept this, well the GOP is going to be their haven of white pride and purity...Someone has got to think about the message that this is sending the children.  What else will they have to hold on to when they lose their jobs, and see their houses foreclosed on if whiteness has no value relative to the black man?

Well all POC can just take comfort in the fact that John McCain isn't like the long list of white men that have ruled this country.  He and his supporters are as anti racist as it gets.   It makes me feel so much better that after each racist assault there is an apology that is so full of bullshit heartfelt.  I just can feel the love and warmth of multicultural unity.  In fact the inclusivity of the GOP fully explains why their convention looked like this.


I guess all of the black supporters were busy in back cooking and shining shoes.







But hey, at least they have a role for us to play in the grand design of things. I am just grateful to know that despite all of things I thought I saw, and somehow misinterpreted, that John McCain has set the record straight.  There is room for blacks in the GOP, it just happens to be playing the role of slave to the white mans master. 

H/T The Sauada Voice



victoria said...

Thank you for writing about this. I read about it in the SF Chronicle, where the president of the GOP org, Diane Fedele, said that she simply "meant it to represent food, nothing else. I'm not a racist. I'm a German Jew whose (grandparents) had to leave Germany. Why would I be racist?"

Drove me crazy to read that particular quote.

Lindsay said...

I was most pissed off by McCain's self-victimization during the whole question. It's so aggravating when there's actual, serious, potentially-threatening things being said about Obama and McCain gets his feelings hurt and demands an apology. Kind of the same mindset after he suspended his campaign and the polls didn't go in his favor, he said "Life isn't fair." He thinks everything is about him... an obvious example of his privilege.

Shelley said...

Thank you for addressing this. McCain keeps doing what every privileged white male republican does, which is to make racist, sexist, homophobic attacks, and then when called out on it he acts offended by the calling out. It doesn't matter that this time it was about the rallies. I've seen it so many times that it doesn't matter anymore what they are offended by. It's the same old schtick and it's what they do.

Ojibway Migisi Bineshii said...

Great post!

You might like this post at the blog The Kitchen Table...

Black Pride and Native Pride I understand. White pride I do not because it is associated with racism. I want to ask Whites who just claim to be White what their background is or if they even care. I get offended enough as it is when people categorize me as Native and do not ask what my tribe or nation is. Aren't white folks offended for just being labeled white? This is something I want to know...

Angel H. said...

Because I don't know how to do a trackback...

Esme said...

You know, I could believe that turning him into a donkey wasn't intended as anything but an attempt to make "liberal" a slur. But how could anyone justify the chicken, ribs, watermelon, and KoolAid as anything but racist? Obama's not even from the south: he's from Illinois, a place not really renowned for its watermelon and fried chicken. It's not even a geographically appropriate ethnic slur!

These people are sick. They're not even trying to hide it anymore

here-be-dragons said...

@ Ojibway Migisi Beneshii:

White pride I do not because it is associated with racism. I want to ask Whites who just claim to be White what their background is or if they even care.

This is an interesting point, and I think you're right about "white pride." As a white woman, I don't have any feelings that I would call "white pride," because that term sounds offensive to my ears, and I assume that people who do use the term mean it in an ugly, white supremacist way. Plus, there are plenty of things about being white in this society which definitely do NOT make me proud (like that fact that there are still people who think something like the Obama Bucks are acceptable in any way).

The pride that I do have in my heritage is based on where my ancestors are from (Scotland and Poland, primarily, in my case). So, yeah, I do care what my background is, but it's still not really what I'd call "pride." I mean, I think Scotland is a wonderful place, and that it's cool that my ancestors came from there. But it's not like I think Scotland is a better place than any other. It's just my heritage, which makes it interesting to me. Of course, the fact that I don't question that Scotland (and my white ancestors) would not be seen as "less than" or "other" by most people is a form of privilege, isn't it?

I wouldn't say that I'm offended by being labeled "white" though. Again, maybe it's my privilege that being "white" has almost never been detrimental for me, so why would I mind the label? Mostly, I don't think of it being used as an insult. And those times that it is used negatively (like talking about the way white people oppress other groups), well, white people DO oppress other groups, so it's hard to be offended by the accusations. I just need to make sure I'm being aware of ways in which my actions can contribute to the problems, and make changes as necessary. I still don't see a time when being labeled "white" would bother me, though. It's never seemed like an issue. (Probably because of privilege).