|Mar. 18th, 2008 12:50 pm Why I won't vote for Barrick Obama|
Obama said today;2 comments - Leave a comment
"In the white community, the path to a more perfect union means acknowledging that what ails the African-American community does not just exist in the minds of black people; that the legacy of discrimination - and current incidents of discrimination, while less overt than in the past - are real and must be addressed. Not just with words, but with deeds – by investing in our schools and our communities; by enforcing our civil rights laws and ensuring fairness in our criminal justice system; by providing this generation with ladders of opportunity that were unavailable for previous generations. It requires all Americans to realize that your dreams do not have to come at the expense of my dreams; that investing in the health, welfare, and education of black and brown and white children will ultimately help all of America prosper."
My feelings are that in life, one is given a choice.
One can be a victim of life or one can accept their own individual responsibility.
Barrick, Michelle and myself are approximately the same age and we grew up during good times, compared to what our parents faced with World War II and the Depression.
Yet, Obama's words reveal a limited perspective of a man from my generation. As a white man born in 1963, I have been raised to be color blind, yet I have been called racist because I owned some shares of Stock in 1988. In public school situations, I've been attacked because of the color of my skin and not because of the content of my character.
As Jeremiah Wright fades away, Obama will get kudos for his rhetoric today from the mainstream media. Yet the question has been answered for me, how will a President Obama handle the leaders of Iran and North Korea?
With his very limited perspective of people, motives and history, Obama is not the uniter that he claims to be.
You are right on target!
But to be white in America now, and to criticize Obama, is to be labeled racist. You can be a victim of your upbringing, regardless of color, and you can blame whomever you want -- but that won't change the world.
|Date:||March 22nd, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)|| |
Re: You are right on target!
Thanks you for the dialog!
My actions in life speak stronger and louder than dirty words or false accusations that some people have said to me or behind my back.
If we are going to move forward in human evolution, we must remember the words we were taught in preschool;
"Sticks & Stones may break my bones,
but words would never hurt me."
Harsh words only harm an individual if one does not confront the harsh and usually false criticism. It is tough to face at first, but truth is a slow, but reliable virtue.