reply to post by Mrknighttime32
I am a African American male and I have a question for white Americans out there. I cant help but notice that all the polls in the primary in NH
showed Obama winning by a huge margin. The way im thinking is a lot of people were called during the polls and wanted to vote for Obama, but when it
came down to it people saw the reality of having a black man become president or helping a black man become president and it made them change there
mind. Is this true? Do you think it had to do with something with it? Please be honest.
I am sorry to have to say this Mr K/T/32, because America’s blacks have earned and are deserving of better, but the answer to your question is YES!
Believe it or not, I’m just now 200 pages into Kevin Phillips’ latest book of some 400 pages, “American Theology”
explaining how the South lost the military phases of the Civil War - 1861-1865 - but has consistently - since 1876 - WON the peace that followed. The
high water mark for Southern racism was Plessey v. Ferguson, 1896, when Jim Crow was legitimized by the US Supreme Court. That struggle goes on.
Recall Sen. Trent Lott, (R-MS) felt totally comfortable in honoring SC’s Sen. Strom Thurmond by lamenting his loss in the 1948 election! And his
accompanying anti-black slur.
History. Oh how different our world could have been if war hero turned president Dwight D. Eisenhower had done his duty! On May 17, 1954, the US
Supreme Court over-ruled Plessey and declared “segregation is inherently unequal” in the US. For a few days, the South was shocked by total
disbelief. If the popular president of the United States had spoke out immediately supporting the Supreme Court, we would not be here today making
this conversation. But instead, Ike remained silent as the racists organized. He later remarked that appointing CA's Earl Warren to be Chief Justice
was his “greatest mistake.” Need I say more?
Ike finally acted in September, 1957, more than 3 years later, when he ordered the US Army to Little Rock to make it safe for the Little Rock 9 to
attend a tax supported public school.
Ike, you failed America when it needed you most.
But look what Ike’s ’s predecessor had done in the midst of the 1948 election when he, Harry Truman, was running in a 4 way race against J. Strom
Thurmond on the States’ Rights Party ticket - Dixie-crats - Henry Wallace on the liberal Progressive Party ticket and Thomas E. Dewey on the
Republican ticket. This is the election where Truman was predicted by every poll to be a loser. Truman desegregated the Armed Forces. See Note
I know racism is far from gone in this country and I know it had something to do with it. Just as example older whites seem to vote for
Hillary this is no accident older whites are more prone to be racists or just resist the fact that a black man could be there leader. Please everyone
tell me what you think.
Let’s get to the facts. The ONLY Republican president NOT to play the race card after Herbert Hoover’s term ended in 1932, was Gerald Ford.
I’ve mentioned Eisenhower above. Nixon had his “Southern Strategy” which everyone knew about and he, Nixon, ran in the south condemning school
bussing. Ronald Reagan loved to tell - and Republicans loved to hear - the welfare Cadillac story. Bush Sr had his Willie Horton and Bush Jr has done
everything every time he could to hurt America’s blacks.
I have labeled people like Alan Keyes, J C Watts, Walter Williams, Clarence Thomas and Condo Rice as cannibals. Because they “eat” their own kind
to get ahead. Colin Powell does not. But just look at what happened to him. But the other’s prosper.
Now I’m an “older white” as you put it. Born in Kentucky before 1954, which by the way, I say every white person born before 1954 is prejudiced.
(Kentucky has the dubious distinction of being the only state to join the Confederacy AFTER the war). I will not recite my story as I’m sure you
have LIVED it. I must relate one incident however. Louisville public schools, like all de jure segregated schools, were ordered to bus students to
achieve racial balance in all the schools. Whites offered the usual tripe; wastes time, costs money better spent on schools and was to some extent
dangerous. But not one person reminded that the separate black schools, being scattered across town, had bussed black students forever. But who’s
ox was being gored?
Most public schools are no longer desegregated. Republican judicial appointees have nearly wiped out Brown v. Topeka. All the more are schools
reverting to their old ways when you look inside. A lot of schools have good numbers outside, but inside, where the track system allows for
segregating allegedly on academic grounds, the classes are mostly all or nearly all white or black.
Which leads me to this conclusion. Free advice to America’s blacks. Do not waste more time and energy on trying to become integrated. Instead,
look for ways to make life better in communities that are friendly to blacks. I’m not asking for ghettos, but to accept the reality that you are
not welcome in the gated communities where the R&Fs - rich and famous - who are also the Movers and Shakers of the nation, now reside. Such items as
neighborhood police, employing residents to do those things all neighborhoods need, sanitation removal, painting and fixing, having day care centers,
playgrounds, and the ability to keep out drug dealers, pimps and loan sharks. Now that’s my opinion as you asked for.
On July 26, 1948, President Truman issued EXECUTIVE ORDER 9981 “WHEREAS it is essential that there be maintained in the armed services
of the United States the highest standards of democracy, with equality of treatment and opportunity for all those who serve in our country's
NOW THEREFORE, by virtue of the authority vested in me as President of the United States, by the Constitution and the statutes of the United States,
and as Commander in Chief of the armed services, it is hereby ordered as follows:
1. It is hereby declared to be the policy of the President that there shall be equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in the armed
services without regard to race, color, religion or national origin. This policy shall be put into effect as rapidly as possible . . “
[edit on 1/10/2008 by donwhite]