“I’m also troubled by, not what Senator McCain says, but what members of the party say. And it is permitted to be said such things as, “Well, you know that Mr. Obama is a Muslim.” Well, the correct answer is, he is not a Muslim, he’s a Christian. He’s always been a Christian. But the really right answer is, what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer’s no, that’s not America. Is there something wrong with some seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be president? Yet, I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion, “He’s a Muslim and he might be associated terrorists.” This is not the way we should be doing it in America. [...] And John McCain is as nondiscriminatory as anyone I know. But I’m troubled about the fact that, within the party, we have these kinds of expressions.”
At the current moment, it’s difficult not to want to thank even a war criminal for saying it. But if we think that Colin Powell deserves credit for saying something he’s supposed to be saying, it’s a testament to how low our expectations have gotten of not only our politicians and country, but of ourselves.
It is very telling that Colin Powell blames racism only on the republican party. Where is the nod to Obama and the democrats’ own racist practices?
I cannot disagree with liberals MORE when they say that there is a difference between someone attacking an entire swath of humanity and not coming to its defense. Kalash’s post was absolutely spot on to say, “I only wish the man you endorsed was brave enough to do so himself.” Obama’s silence on this issue has been deafening. It speaks volumes about how self-serving and opportunistic his political career has become, or has [I am sure] been all along. You don’t reach the level of the candidacy on a major party ticket without losing your soul along the way, I don’t care how Black your ass is.
Powell’s is the same liberal line that makes it difficult for Obama supporters to acknowledge their own racist politics simply because theirs are more sophisticated.
Conservatives are not, I repeat, are NOT the only ones guilty of adopting a politics of hate. But because theirs is so blatant and politically incorrect, we spend all of our energies attacking them.
Certainly, many folks need to hear it and be shamed away from it. But my question is this: Why do we keep talking about this amongst ourselves as if we need to hear it, too?
What continues to surprise me is that we, the overly educated, have such a narrow outlook on what race is. The “ooh look, shiny!” racism of the McCain camp stands in such stark difference to ours that we are immediately convinced that we don’t do it, too, as if McCain’s is where racism begins and ends?
Many of our readers and bloggers have fought all of their lives to bring an end to the racist injustices in Palestine, Iraq, and the rest of the Arab world. Many of them know the hand U.S. foreign policy has had throughout all of it.
Obama has said in a million ways this past year that nothing is going to change for the better. What ending the war in Iraq means for him is starting another one in Pakistan.
I am sick of it.
And I am sick of the stale argument that Obama was against the war in Iraq before it began. Let us not delude ourselves: he wasn’t significant on the national scene in 2002. But his hand-picked running mate, Senator Biden, certainly was. What are we to make of his vote to invade? Dismiss it? Excuse it as an unfortunate oversight on the part of Barack Obama?
If there is one place any president of the U.S. will always be the same in, no matter what the party, it is foreign policy. How ignorant we are when we say things like the Democrats (i.e. Al Gore) would have never started the Iraq war. Clinton, lest we forget, never stopped bombing Iraq. Sanctions were killing Iraqis by the hundreds and hundreds of thousands. Madeline Albright said, “the price is worth it.” The Democrats wouldn’t have had to start anything, they were already in there.
So this is what I don’t understand: why “Arabs for Obama” and “Muslims for Obama” has to be the call for so many. “Capitalists for Obama,” I can absolutely understand. “Neoliberals for Obama” makes perfect sense. “Imperialists for Obama,” yes.
But the use of ethnic and religious subjectivities as support for a man and machine that has done nothing but disrespect said ethnicity and religion: I have nothing but pity. I’m sorry but it’s fucking sad. Please have some self-respect.
I can’t find it within myself to respect anybody — ANYBODY — who once recognized the suffering of Palestinians and threw them under the bus the minute they became a political liability. This goes for both Barack Obama and his “pro-Palestine” supporters.
Like them, Barack Obama has been more familiar about this issue than most Americans. In fact, he has had personal discussions about it with some of the greatest Palestinian minds to ever live. There is a difference between someone who didn’t know much about it and someone so intimately familiar with it. So that anyone who once showed compassion can now show such disdain… there is something immoral and grossly corroded about that soul that cannot be forgiven.
And in the end, it won’t be Obama’s fault. Those who asked that everybody support him so avidly and uncritically as they, are going to be the ones with blood on their hands.
And I’ll be right here, coming back to the numerous times this blog and others* called it out, to remind everybody of it.Filed Under obama, QuiQui, racism