Friday :: Mar 21, 2008

Identify The Racist


by eriposte

Let's see if you can complete a (not so fun) exercise today. Identify which of the following individuals is a racist - without clicking on the links to find out who said what. (See my comments at the end for my view).

Person A:

[Person A]...I think in the end he has an ability to help us bridge the divide of religious extremism. To maybe even give power to moderate Islam. To be able to stand up against this radical misinterpretation of a legitimate religion...

[Question]: ...What gives him credibility on that score?

[Person A]: Because he's African-American. Because he's a Black man who has come from a place of oppression and repression through the years in our own country.

Person B:

He, for the first time, I think, as a black leader in America, has come to the American people not as a victim, but rather as a leader.

Person C:

[He] acknowledges, with no small irony, that he benefits from his race.

If he were white, he once bluntly noted, he would simply be one of nine freshmen senators, almost certainly without a multimillion-dollar book deal and a shred of celebrity. Or would he have been elected at all?

Person D:

The point I was making was not that [she] harbors any racial animosity. She doesn't. But she is a typical white person who, uh, if she sees somebody on the street that she doesn't know there's a reaction that's been been bred into our experiences that don't go away and that sometimes come out in the wrong way and that's just the nature of race in our society. We have to break through it...

Person E:

I will probably start with a personal account, drawing attention to the historic firsts of both these candidacies in our party...
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I will discuss what I think's been going on in her campaign and the role of the media, which has been far larger than anything I've seen before. And I'll get into what this bides for the future.
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I have to tell you, this is a very emotional campaign for me...
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I think what America feels about a woman becoming president takes a very secondary place to Obama's campaign—to a kind of campaign that it would be hard for anyone to run against. For one thing, you have the press, which has been uniquely hard on her. It's been a very sexist media. Some just don't like her. The others have gotten caught up in the Obama campaign.
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If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept...

For the record, I don't think any of the people who uttered the words above are racists (even Person E, whose last comment on Obama was stupid and insensitive, but who is not a racist). However, only one has been singled out by the Sen. Obama and his supporters (and the clowns in the media) as being racist. Something tells me I need to update The Clinton Rules and The Obama Rules.

eriposte :: 8:23 AM :: Comments (32) :: Digg It!