Chill out. It’s not what you think.
I made this post as an answer to all of those people that say, “Why vote for obama?” My reasons are many, and they are political and personal.
They are my reasons, and my thoughts of how one should choose a candidate. Nothing more.
Allow me to start by telling you that I am, only recently, an Obama supporter. I used to allow myself to be drawn in by the political gossip you see
on MSM, and allowed it to formulate my opinion for me. I do not consider myself ‘anything’ on the political spectrum, though, since human beings
DEMAND that you deal in labels, I’d label myself a recovering conservative
who leans more towards his own ideals anymore,
than what other people say he should.
What changed my mind? Well, among many things, the first and possibly most influential occurrence happened right here in my store. I run a sports
memorabilia store, and in the store, we have lots of TV’s for the customers to watch while they shop. I had it on Fox News as they were airing the
live broadcast of Hillary Clintons resignation.
I took notice that there were 4 children watching the TV. 2 black. 2 white. Age is hard to judge for me, but if I had to guess, I’d say 9 or 10
years old. They were standing there talking about the election, as If they had been following it for the entire time.
What was so shocking about this?
To answer that entirely – I have to paint a picture for you.
The parents of the white children seemed to do very well for themselves. I know its not fair to stereotype, but it’s the only way I can paint this
picture of how the situation influenced me. I made my assumptions about the white parents based on their outward appearance.
The parents of the black children, seemed not so well off, again, based off of their outward appearance. So it was amazing for me, when I seen that
not only are white/black coming together, and agreeing on certain aspects of the election, but they’re also coming together despite financial label
differences as well. When the littlest white girl had made the comment (loudly, across the store) to her mother, something along the lines of
“mommy, OBAMA WON, OBAMA WON”
Both sets of parents took notice, and came over to watch the resignation of Clinton. They seemed to marvel, and rejoice. You could feel them
celebrating as if some invisible warm blanket wrapped up the entire store, making everything soft, warm, and fuzzy. You HAD to have been there.
Never before, had I seen people, who I would GUESS, had never taken an interest in politics before, become so involved in the outcome. It was
awe-inspiring for me.
So that got me to thinking
“What do these people find so marvelous about a racist man” I called him racist, because much of what I had read/heard/seen on TV, was to that
effect. “He’s racist because of his church” “He’s racist because of his speech” “he’s racist because he caters to black people”
So, I realized that I was probably letting MSM influence my decision a little too much, and decided it was best to go look into some things myself. I
was skeptical, but that was ALL about to change…
The more and more I read about the man, the more I realized how much the ‘right wing’ media was distorting about him (don’t get me wrong,
‘left wing’ media distorts republicans just as much) but I was, almost immediately, able to disprove a lot of things I had heard from “rush
Limbaugh” and “fox news”
Mainly, they took things out of context, “clipped” certain segments to make it seem a little more saucy. Etc.
My favorite part, though, came when I actually LISTENED to obama’s A more perfect union
Up until I watched it on you tube (for the first time) I was allowing others to influence my opinion on what was contained in this speech.
Basically – I let their spin on his speech, tell me that this was going to be more black panther’esque rhetoric, the types of which I had heard,
time and time again, all over youtube.
Again – how wrong I was!
My favorite parts of this speech:
As such, Reverend Wright's comments were not only wrong but divisive, divisive at a time when we need unity; racially charged at a time when
we need to come together to solve a set of monumental problems - two wars, a terrorist threat, a falling economy, a chronic health care crisis and
potentially devastating climate change; problems that are neither black or white or Latino or Asian, but rather problems that confront us
Although he gives what he believes are reasons for why Wright is the way that he is, he never condones Wrights actions. He says this isn’t the
garbage that is needed. You aren’t helping solve the problem, Jeremiah, you are helping the problem stay. I hadn’t heard that from RUSH
you find that suprising
In fact, a similar anger exists within segments of the white community. Most working- and middle-class white Americans don't feel that they
have been particularly privileged by their race. Their experience is the immigrant experience - as far as they're concerned, no one's handed them
anything, they've built it from scratch. They've worked hard all their lives, many times only to see their jobs shipped overseas or their pension
dumped after a lifetime of labor. They are anxious about their futures, and feel their dreams slipping away; in an era of stagnant wages and global
competition, opportunity comes to be seen as a zero sum game, in which your dreams come at my expense. So when they are told to bus their children to
a school across town; when they hear that an African American is getting an advantage in landing a good job or a spot in a good college because of an
injustice that they themselves never committed; when they're told that their fears about crime in urban neighborhoods are somehow prejudiced,
resentment builds over time.
I really like this one. It puts the frustrations of ‘black people’ into perspective for ‘white people’ in a manner of which they can relate.
It makes everyone realize that its not ‘black problems’ and ‘white problems’ its Everyone’s problem. Our problem isn’t with each other.
Our problem isn’t that “white PEOPLE” hold down black people, or that “black PEOPLE” ruin it for white people
(continued in next post)