Sunday, May 18, 2008

Call me a racist If you must but...

... I wouldn't vote for a militant biggot regardless of the color of that bigot's skin. To which bigot am I referring? He speaks for himself in quotes directly from his own book Dreams of My Father. See if you recognize the same "hopeful" Barack Hussein Obama who wants "change" in America.

"I ceased to advertise my mother's race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites."

"I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my
mother's race."

"There was something about him that made me wary, a little too sure of himself, maybe. And white."

"It remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names."

"I never emulate white men and brown men whose fates didn't speak to my own. It was into my father's image, the black man, son of Africa, that I'd packed all the attributes I sought in myself, the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, Dubois and Mandela."

I don't know about you, but the kind of "change" any militant bigot is working toward is absolutely NOT the kind of change in which I'm interested be that bigot black or white.

[Thanks, Paul, for sending me a bit of enlightenment.]


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Smedley said...

I haven't made my mind up about Obama, but you might you are passing on some inaccuracies in this post. Check out Snopes's write-up about the latest Obama email making its rounds:

Dawn said...

Thanks for pointing that out, Smedley. I do check Snopes on a lot of the emails I receive before I post them here. In this case, I didn't check it. Frankly, I'm all too inclined to believe that Obama, for all his lip service otherwise, is not being frank about his racial attitudes.

After reading the Snopes piece, I won't bother to provide any justification for publishing those snippets of his writings. It seems to me that, for the most part, even taken somewhat out of the original context, the intent of the snippets remains pretty much *in context* for me.

I do love how informed and willing to share insights that recent commenters to this blog have been. I hope you'll stop in more often!

Ookla said...

I've read his book. He is describing the identity polarization of his youth, not his current attitudes. It's intellectually dishonest to post these quotes as somehow representative of his current outlook. That's the beauty of blogging I suppose, no one to fire you for unethical reporting.

No, I'm not voting for him but at least I can disagree with him honestly.