Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tom and Barack and Harold and Shirely and Bill and Juan

Here's an ad aimed at Harold Ford.
Here's this picture.
And then, this ad.

Is this the same "race baiting" as in TKAM?

Threats against the President up 400% since George W. Bush.

And then, more recently, as in July, race became a big issue again, briefly.
And there's been a lot lately about Muslim-Americans. (here too).
And during the health-care debate.
And there's the attempt to cast Obama as somehow foreign, as "The Other"--(here, too) this is both a Republican and Democratic problem.
And we seem not to be able to talk about it very well.
Except, here's the president addressing race during the campaign. Forget the politics of it, it's considered one of the most important speeches on race given in the past generation or more.


Sheryl Miller said...

The Bill O'Reilly/The View clip was interesting. I was watching it and thinking, are people really listening to this pinhead?

Then Barbara Walters, trying to calm the studio down, said, "You have written a book ... called Pinheads and Patriots and at this point, it's very hard to see which you are."

I find it sad that people listen to his bigotry and go along with him, and it's not just with religion, he's sexist and racist too. One of my grandmother's favorite quotes was, "It is better to be thought a fool, then to open your mouth and remove all doubt."

Sheryl Miller said...

I went to all the links you provided us with. The speech by Mr. Obama is one of the few political speeches that left a lasting impression.

It was like JFK's famous "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country" speech, or Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

Frank said...

The photo of the President kissing a "white woman" seems like an appeal to racist to express fears of the "Negro" going after white women, as conveyed in Harper Lee's's really a shame that some people would go so far to push back any progress that we, as a nation of apparently enlightened people, have matter small the baby steps are.