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The Ability to realize that....people are people.

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posted on Mar, 12 2009 @ 04:58 PM
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I'm currently watching 'Hardball with Chris Matthew' on MSNBC.

Guests are Bill Cosby and Dr. Alvin Poussant.

The point of the 'rant' is about the perception of the current President of the USA....as being 'black'.

Of course, educated people know that President Obama had a 'white' mother, and a 'black' father.....

I would not like to think that this is even a subject for dispute, in this day and age!!!

My gosh!!! There are many, many examples of lovely mixing of the so-called 'races'!!!!

Why react with hate??

Is it built into our DNA?




posted on Mar, 12 2009 @ 04:59 PM
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Its kinda funny, but we here at ATS either love or hate the man, Obama , but not one time did I hear his color brought into it,



posted on Mar, 12 2009 @ 05:44 PM
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People are people so how can it be, you and I could get along so horribly...

Hmm... I am not sure we will ever get out of this one... It will be solved the day that personal holographic sight re-interpreters replace everyone's eyes. Then people will have the ability to see others as they want to. I would program every third woman to look like Eva Green.....Whoo boy she is hot.



posted on Mar, 12 2009 @ 06:25 PM
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We are conditioned to hate and avoid "otherness" (regardless of its superficial nature).

In part there are survival aspects, but it is subtly reinforced. Divide and conquer. If we can be promoted into hating others (for any reason), we are conquered.

I hope we find a solution - well... I think I have found a solution, and it is within my book.



posted on Mar, 12 2009 @ 09:57 PM
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Thanks for your post, daeoeste.....but I believe the last word in the refrain from the song is 'awfully'.....not horribly....but, still....I never meant to 'channel' that song.....



posted on Mar, 12 2009 @ 10:05 PM
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Amaterasu....

Have not read into your books....but, I will say that your comment seems profound.

My meaning is....we, as a species, tend to react. It is in our DNA, it seems...or, perhaps, is is part of our socialization, as we grow up.

I'll stick to the genetic part....the socialization comes in to it also.

Imagine, with no modern trappings, you and your 'tribe' must fend for yourselves. It is 'EAT', or get eaten.

THIS is the bias that, whether through what Parents teach, or however it comes to be....Humans need to get over it!!!

I have no other way to explain it.



posted on Mar, 13 2009 @ 12:53 AM
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branty,

Thanks for that comment.

Of course, the issue of 'color' wasn't raised whenever someone criticsized GWB, either...

I guess he (GWB) was poked at, made fun of, because of his (affected) Texas accent......

Old news, now.

WE, as a Nation, have a prominent leader, duly elected, this time, who happens to be of mixed race.

AND I say this with all sincerity, we are ALL of mixed race...unless you are kidding yourselves!!!

MY family, my 'heritage' before the US, is from Ireland. Well, history is pretty brutal when it comes to what is known about the events there.

I don't think I need to explain anymore....intelligent people will get it.



edit was for minor spelling....


[edit on 3/13/0909 by weedwhacker]



posted on Mar, 13 2009 @ 01:43 AM
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TPTB want you to hate ANY OTHER GROUP, so long as it isn't the wealthy.

(And by wealthy, I don't mean the guy down the street who has made a couple million from the business that he founded)



posted on Mar, 13 2009 @ 03:05 AM
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Thanks for that idea, sir_chancealot.

I don't think, with due respect, my point was to 'hate' on rich people.

Can envy them.....but, again, not the point.

Well, maybe, you have tapped into my point....Politics involve a capacity, however fleeting, to feel that you are in conrol!!!


Being on TV, or the Radio...since you expect to have an 'audience'....you feel you have some 'control'...

Begin, yet....to see how Power can corrupt>?

I am NOT trying to aim this at any Political figure, past, present or future!!!

My biases are well known...I wish to see this become a civil debate, about how people interact.

The floor is open to ALL inter-personal interactions....

Think of is as....get it of your chest...session....if you wish.

Just please....speak, but don't 'flame' others...

In other words...share your thoughts, but do not make fun of, or critique others....


EDIT....this came off as the biggest douche thing I could do....but, maybe it will help someone.......so, STET!

[edit on 3/13/0909 by weedwhacker]



posted on Mar, 13 2009 @ 03:18 AM
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Originally posted by branty
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Its kinda funny, but we here at ATS either love or hate the man, Obama , but not one time did I hear his color brought into it,


Amen to that.. I have never seen a hateful comment about his color either. Usually it involved .. corruption .. elitism, serving banks, wasting our money, arrogance and so on and so forth.



posted on Mar, 13 2009 @ 03:23 AM
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Really???

Elitism (see the Bush Faimily)

Wasting our Money? (see the Iraq Confict)

Shall I go on?????



posted on Mar, 13 2009 @ 08:08 AM
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Yup, and I suppose that while Obama IS Black, we cannot technically say they are identical twins..... but he did have a white mother, and Barbara is as white as they come..



Anyways, I fail to see the relevance. I say one thing about one particular Socialist, you refute this with saying another thing about another particular Socialist.



posted on Mar, 13 2009 @ 03:04 PM
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Rock....took me a while to understand your last post.

Am I correct in assuming that you are equating President Obama with Fmr. President Bush in some way?

Because, if this is your ploy, then this thread needs to be moved to another category....not sure ATS has one for that, yet. Don't even know what to call it.

I'd like this thread to continue to explore how this man's mixed heritage "colors" other's reactions.



posted on Mar, 13 2009 @ 03:32 PM
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Depends on your history as a white person i suppose, if blacks have commited plenty of crimes against you, you will always hate blacks. Just because people are black does not mean you cannot hate them, this is just a useless argument.



posted on Mar, 13 2009 @ 03:36 PM
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andy, could you clarify?

It seems that you are 'hating' for no other reason except some irrational belief that the color of skin should hasten the 'hate'?



posted on Mar, 17 2009 @ 04:02 PM
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i think why it's a topic is because these "news" networks have 24 hours to fill, and they eventually run out of topics


"is obama black enough" ?

Like it really matters.



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