Thursday, September 17, 2009

Misuse: The Race Card

There is nothing that makes me more angry then when people play the the race card when trying to gain the upper hand in a discussion . Playing the race card is a phrase that refers to the act of bringing the issue of race or racism into a debate. In the past few days this phrase has been throw around A LOT and it's pissing me off!

Sen. Joe Wilson has been called a racist because of his outburst at President Obama during his address to congress earlier this month. Calling someone a liar IS NOT RACIST, I don't care if they are white, black, brown, purple or green (now if they were blue, i might have an issue ;) ).

In the recent days I have been cruising through online news stories and reading comments posted by readers and I seem to have found a pattern. If you disagree with ANYTHING President Obama or his administration has to say you are obviously a no good, white trash, uneducated, redneck, racist. Come on people, do you honestly believe that. If that is the case then if you ever disagreed with President Bush that must mean you were a racist toward people from Texas or people with a southern accent, right? Yeah, that's what I thought!

The race card is being played in America today to scare people into political correctness and I find it to be nothing more then dirty politics.

Here are some people that actually deserve the title of racist:

Adolf Hitler

This guy had a name for what he did, he called it racial hygiene. He was responsible for the deaths of nearly 14 million people, six million of them Jews.

Nathan Bedford Forrest

Forrest was the creator and first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

John Loy Rocker

A retired American Major League Baseball relief pitcher who when asked about whether he would ever play for the New York Yankees or the New York Mets said this: "I'd retire first. It's the most hectic, nerve-racking city. Imagine having to take the 7 Train to the ballpark looking like you're riding through Beirut next to some kid with purple hair, next to some queer with AIDS, right next to some dude who just got out of jail for the fourth time, right next to some 20-year-old mom with four kids. It's depressing... The biggest thing I don't like about New York are the foreigners. You can walk an entire block in Times Square and not hear anybody speaking English. Asians and Koreans and Vietnamese and Indians and Russians and Spanish people and everything up there. How the hell did they get in this country?"

Johnny Rebel

His songs frequently use the racial epithet nigger and often voice sympathy for Jim Crow-era segregation and the Ku Klux Klan. Nearly all his songs serve as platforms for denigrating African Americans and the civil rights movement. Some of his songs he released were titled "Lookin' for a Handout," "Kajun Ku Klux Klan," "Nigger, Nigger," "In Coon Town," "Who Likes a Nigger?," "Nigger Hatin' Me," "Still Looking for a Handout," "Some Niggers Never Die (They Just Smell That Way)," "Stay Away from Dixie,", and "Move Them Niggers North."

Now I realize that these are extreme examples of racism and I know that there are still issues with race discrimination on a smaller scale today but I am just trying to prove a point. Don't you dare ever put me in the same categories as the people above just because I don't agree with every thing that President Obama has to say.

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