From The New York Observer
As the McCain campaign ratchets up the intensity of its attacks on Barack Obama, some black elected officials are calling the tactics desperate, unseemly and racist.
“They are trying to throw out these codes,” said Representative Gregory Meeks, a Democrat from New York.
“He’s ‘not one of us?’” Mr. Meeks said, referring to a comment Sarah Palin made at a campaign rally on Oct. 6 in Florida. “That’s racial. That’s fear. They know they can’t win on the issues, so the last resort they have is race and fear.”
“Racism is alive and well in this country, and McCain and Palin are trying to appeal to that and it’s unfortunate,” said Representative Ed Towns, also from New York….
….Ms. Palin told donors in Englewood, Colo.,…. “This is not a man who sees America like you and I see America,” she said. “We see America as a force of good in this world. We see an America of exceptionalism.”
An Associated Press analysis characterized those remarks as “unsubstantiated” and carrying “a racially tinged subtext…..”
“Some may say their true colors are showing,” said Representative Yvette Clarke of New York. “Others may say they’re just not being thoughtful. But certainly a lot of the language I’ve heard I consider to be incendiary. I believe it is meant to generate a certain sentiment within their base that engenders fear and certainly appeals to a group of people within our society who would pursue this along racial lines.
“It’s very clear,” she said.
Ms. Clarke also found a racial subtext in Ms. Palin’s repeated appeals to “Joe Six-Pack” and “hockey moms.”
“Who exactly is Joe Six-Pack and who are these hockey moms? That’s what I’d like to know,” she said. “Is that supposed to be terminology that is of common ground to all Americans? I don’t find that. It leaves a lot of people out.”
New York State Senator Bill Perkins, an early supporter of Mr. Obama, said, “They are obviously playing on people’s fears and prejudices in a desperate way. While not explicitly relating to race, they are clearly creating the opportunity for those inclined to come to those conclusions. I think it is going to become more explicit as we move forward. It’s subtle now, but not so subtle as to be mistaken.”
And Kevin Parker, a New York state senator from Brooklyn, said, “If you have to remind people that Barack Obama is African-American, you have reached the bottom.”
I have a very serious question…
Have all the Democrats that drank the Obama koolaid become paranoid schizophrenics? I really wanna know. If you tell me yes, it will make me feel much better.
I will understand that they have a mental illness that they can’t help… the delusions of persecution from an oedipal female mother figure archetype would just be the product of a disease and not what these people REALLY think…
Or perhaps they all share a strikingly similar form of Tourette’s Syndrome where “code words” and “racist” gets blurted out at nonsensical times…
I don’t know, but this bullshit is friggin crazy, it is incredibly irresponsible, and to be honest, it is incredibly dangerous.
Add this to the coments of other Democrats of all races that have screamed the word “RACISM!!!” and pointed their fingers at everyone from all the Republicans to Bill Clinton of all people!!! (Holy God, was that some serious dumb.)
Regardless… This is only further dividing our society and creating a dangerous sentiment of suspicion and anger… and in this case, it can create a very different situation where, if these irresponsible politicians and the media that perpetuates their message continue to push this idea that there is rampant racism in white America and that racism could be the only explanation as to why Obama would not win the election… we could very well see irreparable damage done to race relations in the country AT BEST, and at worst we will see racial violence and rioting.
It’s almost as if that is what they want? They may not, but they are definitely not hiding the fact that violence and repercussions are what they are threatening.
The anger these people are toying with is real, it is dangerous and it is explosive. There are historical precedents to situations with much less gravity than the Office of the President that have sparked violence that we can point to, so we know the threat is real.
The saddest part of this whole thing is that it is THE standard campaign tactic in Obama campaign manager David Axelrod’s playbook. Axelrod has done this same thing many times before, and in many campaigns, even as recently as the primary versus Hillary Clinton.
Inciting racial hatred and suspicion to gain power is what these people do. This is quite literally David Axelrod’s niche in political campaign management. This is his job and this is why Obama hired him.
This is dangerous and they need to stop. It is wrong and irresponsible.
Am I saying racism does not exist, no I am not. It does still exist, regrettably.
But the vast majority of Americans are not racist, and when they cry racism in an undeserved context, they are actually diminishing not only themselves but the one they sought to defend.
When these people cry racism in such situations, they remove the humanity and the complexity of the man that Barack Obama is and reduce him to his skin color.
There are a great many reasons to love Barack Obama, just as there are innumerable reasons to really dislike him.
When they reduce the reasons why people feel about Obama the way they happen to down to just skin color, THEY are the ones dehumanizing him, not Palin, not McCain.
When they reduce Obama to his skin color, THEY are the ones that have issues with race, not Palin, not McCain.
McCain campaign spokesman Peter Feldman said it best:
“It is disappointing that Barack Obama and his supporters continue to play the race card from the bottom of the deck. This is a tactic that the Obama Campaign has used before, and which McCain campaign manager Rick Davis correctly called ‘divisive, shameful, and wrong.’ It is legitimate for John McCain to ask questions about Barack Obama’s relationship with the unrepentant domestic terrorist William Ayers because Senator Obama has not been truthful about this relationship. Many Americans want these questions answered. Despite the fact that Barack Obama has been running for president since joining the Senate, many Americans are still wondering, ‘who is Barack Obama?’ These comments are a sure sign of a flailing campaign that refuses to be honest with voters and that is bordering on desperation.”
Instead of Obama bringing us together like he promised to do when he gave his rhetorically brilliant yet somehow empty speech on racism, it seems his sole aim is to divide us as much as possible to gain a political advantage.
He wants power so bad, he is willing to wreck America to get it.
Hell No, No Bama, No Deal, No Friggin Way.
UPDATE: I woke up this morning and turned on CNN and guess what was on… a special about Union activists campaigning door to door in PA and OH, and their struggle to deal with racism against Obama…. Nice, right?
So I listen for a while and then it peeks it’s head out in one of the comments… a canvasser talks about how he has run into the problem “a few times.” Well, as a canvasser you can visit hundreds of homes a week… and in a predominantly white, blue collar, working class, heavy union neighborhood, they run into the problem a “few times?”
And this justifies a CNN special report why? Oh yeah, it’s spin and bullshit. That’s why.
And then there was the statement from Obama… I am doing this from memory, but this is what he said almost word for word…
I don’t think race is a problem in the race. Look, I am ahead in the polls… that means that the American people are basically good. They are judging me on my policies and on what I want to do, not my skin color.
Ok, on first pass, not a bad statement, right?
But we have to look at the more subtle meaning of what he said…
“Look, I am ahead in the polls… that means that the American people are basically good.”
He subtly hints that if he were behind in the polls or that if people were to vote against him, then they would not be good and they would be racist.
Those are code words. Real code words.
Palin’s comment about terrorists… not code words.
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