Political Heat: The Race, Racism & Real Talk
10/15/2012 10:39:00 AM
I have a love-hate relationship with politics. I love to be a part of voting for social issues that can positively impact everyday people. I love to know my vote counts. But I hate the hypocrisy, lies, selfish agendas, greed, and socio-economic prejudice. Then there’s the whole race issue itself.
Questions have been raised about a photo taken Friday of an unidentified man with a blatantly racist shirt at a Romney event in Lancaster, Ohio man that read, "Put the white back in the White House" below a Romney-Ryan sticker. A Romney spokesperson commented that the shirt was 'reprehensible and has no place in this election, but many say this is proof the GOP has racist undertones. While one writer says he’s a “plant” by the Dems! Now…you know you reaching. Then, in a clip posted on YouTube from a Republican Party Of Kenosha County brunch event, Jason Thompson commented that “we have the opportunity” to send President Barack Obama “back to Chicago — or Kenya,” drawing applause from the crowd! Yes, all that is ignorant and spitefeul, but another aspect of racism was the discussion this weekend: blacks who vote for black candidates simply because they’re black.And what happens when a black denounces a black candidate?
When Stacey Dash decided to announce she is voting for Mitt Romney, that sista with her fab 46-year-old looking-self was called everything but a child of God! After the Stacey Dash backlash, many are addressing does a person of color have so much loyalty they will support them simply on their race. In the Huffington Post, Jesse Washington talks about blacks who support President Obama because of that sole reason: he’s a brother. The article, “Black People for Obama: African-American Support for Obama Called Prejudice, Blind Loyalty”, begs the question: If race is just one factor in blacks' support of Obama, does that make them racist? And then, can blacks' support for Obama be compared with white voters who may favor his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, because he's white?
Good question but is there a clear answer?
Whether you’re a black Dem, GOP or Independent, many black people enjoy seeing a black family in the White House that is loving, successful, educated, who from honest work made it to where they are. It is an inspiration for the black community because in the media and in some of our neighborhoods, we don’t see that family cohesiveness and functionality. But regardless, there are some that won’t vote for him – even if they’re black too. And keep it real: there are some who believe there a need to be loyal only because he is a man of color, as you can see from another portion of the article below:
“…Stacey Dash, who also has Mexican heritage, is best known for the 1995 film "Clueless" and the recent cable-TV drama "Single Ladies." On Twitter, she was called "jigaboo," "traitor," "house ni**er" and worse after posting, "Vote for Romney. The only choice for your future.” The theme of the insults: A black woman would have to be stupid, subservient or both to choose a white Republican over the first black president. Russell Simmons, the hip-hop mogul and Obama backer, called Dash's experience "racism." Said Barbara Walters on "The View": "If she were white, this wouldn't have happened." Twitter users are by no means representative of America, and many black Obama supporters quickly denounced the attacks.
But for people like Art Gary, an information technology professional, the reason Dash was attacked is simple: She is a black woman supporting a white candidate over a black one. "It goes both ways," said Gary, who is white. "There is racial bias amongst whites, and there is racial bias amongst blacks. But as far as the press is concerned, it only goes one way." Antonio Luckett, a sales representative in Milwaukee who is black, called the attacks on Dash unfair. But when people speak out against a symbol of black progress like Obama, he said, ‘African-Americans tend to be internally hurt by that. "
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