Monday, October 13, 2008

Does It Ever Dawn On White Folks That Black Folks Might Be "Scared To Death" Of A John McCain Presidency, Not To Mention A Sarah Palin Vice-Presidency

It kills me when I hear white folks talk about being "scared" of an Obama Presidency. How many people of color have been "scared" during the ENTIRE Bush Presidency? How many people of color are equally frightened of a McCain Presidency? Considering that people of color make up 46% of the U.S. population and that the majority of them are voting for Obama, I would say quite a few folks are dreading the McCain/Palin ticket.

And when one considers that McCain and Palin are making absolutely no effort to even campaign for the votes of people of color that only intensifies the fear and loathing of a McCain Presidency. Not to mention the GOP's rancid and completely bogus attempts to demonize minority homeowners as the catalyst of the failing U.S. economy. That's right, folks that didn't pay their mortgage on homes in the hood destroyed the banking system of Iceland and forced those executives at AIG to need a $500,000 retreat.

And how exactly does John McCain put the race card genie back in the bottle if he manages a miracle and wins the election? How does he see himself serving the people of color he ignored and vilified during his campaign? Does he say he was wrong and apologize or does he pretend that he never did these despicable things? I'm not going to forget and I can't imagine I am alone.

Not only is John McCain frightening because of his willingness to abandon any kind of principle or moral ethic to gain whatever he desires, but he is damn scary with his completely tone deaf and utterly clueless sense of perception and perspective. With his campaign under fire for race-baiting tactics and racist rhetoric, this dude says he is going to "whip" the "you-know-what" of Barack Obama at the next debate. Did this Dummy Lamont see that a white man using such language about a black man could be construed in an extremely negative manner? Is he serious? Is McCain planning to bring his own horsewhip dipped in pickle brine or borrow a cat-o-nine tails from a slavery exhibit at a museum?

And McCain's running mate Sarah Palin scares the daylights out of me. She tells bald-faced lies with unblinking ease and without a hint of remorse or reflection. She is not well-read, well-traveled, or well-acquainted with the rest of the United States. And like a cherry on top of a sundae, she gleefully accepting of her ignorance. She celebrates her lack of knowledge, experience, and understanding. And that truly is scary!

Has Sarah Palin addressed a predominantly minority group of voters since she was selected? Has anyone asked her about her view and record on civil rights and affirmative action? And what exactly does she mean by "hockey mom" and "joe six pack" - who the hell is she talking about? What exactly are Palin's thoughts on race in this country? I know she's cool with African witchdoctors, but what about poor ass Black and Latino folk? And when in the hell is someone going to ask about how much Sarah Palin's extreme views on religion, abortion, and education are out of step with the views of urban America?

And I definitely need someone to ask what role Palin thinks the "first dude" should play if she gets elected. Clearly from the Troopergate reporting, Todd Palin was running around Alaska as if he was elected co-governor and Sarah Palin did little to stop him. And considering that this uneducated cat was a long-term registered member of a political party that wants to seceded from the United States, I find the thought of him anywhere near the White House absolutely horrifying.

Yes, this black woman sees a lot to be scared about - I see GOP people!

14 comments:

Miriam October 13, 2008 at 1:35 AM  

"And how exactly does John McCain put the race card genie back in the bottle if he manages a miracle and wins the election? "

a very good question. Especially since we know things can take on a life of its own. In the previous video, the audience were booing him as he tried to 'make right'

Miriam October 13, 2008 at 5:44 AM  

You know, I had been wondering why they kept saying that the cause of the economic crisis was the subprime loans -when that only recently became a problem.

*sigh*

Prof. Tracey, would you consider continuing the podcast?

Tee October 13, 2008 at 8:59 AM  

I'm white, and let me tell you - McCain, Palin and their mob of supporters should scare every human being on this Earth.

A McCain/Palin presidency will potentially mean bombing countries like Iran and setting off nuclear war/World War III. A McCain/Palin presidency may mean loss of choice over what we do with our own bodies. A McCain/Palin presidency may mean a Holocaust type situation for minorities whether they be black, Muslim or gay (I'm surprised people haven't brought pitchforks to his rallies. They are yelling disgusting things about Obama like "Off with his head!" - These people are mentally imbalanced bigots.)

A McCain/Palin presidency would mean no new ideas in Washington - the poor will continue to get poorer, left homeless without health insurance or any place to turn for assistance by rich conservatives while our children continue to be "Left Behind" at school. (Of course, rich conservatives don't care about public schools since their children are at private schools.)

A McCain/Palin presidency could mean saying goodbye to free speech and freedom of religion. What if old man McCain dies? You think Bush's Patriot Act is bad? Wait until Palin gets her moose killing hands on the Constitution.

I could go on and on --- But believe me - you are not alone in your fear of a McCain/Palin administration. I will NEVER understand how any reasonably level headed person could be supporting them.

Barack Obama is a gift and God help us if he isn't our next President.

Torrance Stephens - All-Mi-T October 13, 2008 at 9:34 AM  

all i can say is just look at them , but im nit afraid of anything

bbgcmac October 13, 2008 at 9:57 AM  

Damn sista... PREACH! All great points that media is ignoring!

Shady_Grady October 13, 2008 at 11:02 AM  

"And McCain's running mate Sarah Palin scares the daylights out of me. She tells bald-faced lies with unblinking ease and without a hint of remorse or reflection. She is not well-read, well-traveled, or well-acquainted with the rest of the United States. And like a cherry on top of a sundae, she gleefully accepting of her ignorance. She celebrates her lack of knowledge, experience, and understanding. And that truly is scary!"

So true, so true. Even some Republicans are starting to question the wisdom of celebrating ignorance.

One thing though. People of color aren't 46% of the US population. Non-Hispanic Whites still make up about 67% of the population.

Selena October 13, 2008 at 11:23 AM  

You know what's even scarier? The folks that should be reading this are not! There still are MILLIONS of minorities that either aren't registered to vote or just won't vote this election.

LorMarie October 13, 2008 at 11:59 AM  

At this point,I think that having Palin anywhere near the white house would be a disaster. I don't believe it is because she's a republican, rather it's because she's likely an extremist. Admittedly, I don't know too much about her but I can only go by what I've seen so far.

Lastly, I agree with the poster who questions the 46% stat. While Latinos are growing, we should not forget that many of them are white. So the only thing we are seeing is a shift in the "type" of white majority.

Naima October 13, 2008 at 12:38 PM  

Of course they know blacks are afraid of a McCain presidency. They like candidates who they feel like can stick it to black folks. Thats why they loved Giuliani, but he is pro choice, Italian and has too much scandal for him to make it to a national office.
They think that Obama is going to bankrupt the country by giving black folks a bunch of gov't money. Which he wouldn't do any way, this country doesn't even have money to give out if he did want to play the socialist game.

Professor Tracey October 13, 2008 at 2:33 PM  

@Miram -

My podcast will launch in Jan. 2009! Be on the lookout!

Shady Grady/LorMarie -

That stat doesn't gel with census touting that people of color will be the majority in 2040, so I'm not sure where you got your stat from. People of color are growing in more than black, latino, but asian, african, etc... There are all new generations of Americans.


Namia -

I know what they think, but I'm interested in why white folks never consider that we fear them and their ideas as well.


T-Man

Now you know I'm using "fear" as a rhetorical device, it just slays me that black fear of whites in power is never discussed!

TD1016 October 13, 2008 at 7:01 PM  

Its funny because the United States would like for everyone to believe that we have come so far when race is concerned. The more I read the blogs in my hometown newspaper, and see things on the news as far as race the more I think, "legally", yeah we may have come far a little, but socially we've taken 20 steps in a space as wide as an ocean. Closet ignorance/racism is the scariest.

I pray and hope for Obama, but we'll see how far this country has truly come once those curtains close on 11/4

Mista Jaycee October 14, 2008 at 9:48 AM  

Cool, Somebody said it!
Jaycee

Shady_Grady October 14, 2008 at 10:42 AM  

Hi PT.

Yes, if current trends continue the proportion of non-Hispanic whites will fall below 50% of the US population sometime around 2040.

But currently, non-Hispanic whites still make up somewhere between 67%and 70% of the US population.

Source is Pew Research Center, in particular the Pew Hispanic Project.

http://pewhispanic.org/files/factsheets/hispanics2006/hispanics.pdf

But this info is just collated from the Census.

So right now POC do not make up 46%of the US population.

As Lormarie pointed out many Hispanics are Caucasian. About half of Hispanics also self-identify as white.

http://pewhispanic.org/newsroom/releases/release.php?ReleaseID=16

So even if current demographic trends continue I think that by 2040 "Hispanic" will just be considered a "white" ethnic group. I think this process will be similar to the way in which Irish, Italians, Jews or Greeks were all considered non-white at some point in the past.

LorMarie October 14, 2008 at 3:41 PM  

Hi PT.

Yes, if current trends continue the proportion of non-Hispanic whites will fall below 50% of the US population sometime around 2040.--Shady

I'm not an expert on all things concerning the population. But it always appeared to me that the focus on whites concerned non-hispanic whites. Thus, when we speak of whites becoming a minority, I believe it refers to those of Anglo-European stock. I guess the new whites will be Castillian, Basque, Andalusian, etc... Heck, even many Arabs are white.

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