Sorry for the super long hiatus. I really have no excuse. Ever since the first post I have been bookmarking like mad with interesting topics and then I never seemed to garner enough “umph” to post them. One thing I did notice (like I warned in the original post) was that an alarming amount of the stories that caught my eye were about America’s favorite subject of late: RACE. Ugh, I know I know I am sick of it (the way it is being depicted) too! I’m sorry to perpetuate it! But lets talk….
So I would like to suggest a constructive discussion about the topic that is leaving me awake at night a little scared…. Here are some clips that scare the shit out of me to set the mood…
If your haven’t seen this one, it is the Grand Daddy of crazy reactionist rhetoric that has literally brought tears to my eyes. Pat Buchanan on Rachel Maddow Show. The part I want to focus on is where he explaims that white men deserve more America goodness because they are 100% of the people who made this country…
Next a clip that I’m sure you’ve seen because it has been on several news shows but just to refresh your memory…
Rush has also called Obama racist but it’s pretty much along the same lines…
Bear with me PLZ.
Pat Buchanan and Glen Beck, just like Rachel Maddow and Kieth Olbermann (to name some on the other side), have scores and scores of people who watch their shows and use their opinions to inform their own. This happens in various degrees but there is no doubt in my mind that Pat Buchanan and Glen Beck represent a section of the American public that look to them to not only inform but to be their voice on a national stage.
I approach this issue trying my best to walk on eggshells. Because I know honest, genuine, hard working people who would agree to a certain extent with Mr. Buchanan and Mr. Beck. However at the same time, I want those people to know that this makes me nervous.
Here is a clip of Rachel Maddow clearing up some of what Pat Buchanan said on her show….I think this clip is fair (let me know if you disagree)
Basically what I am concerned about is a widespread public belief/understanding of history that erases the contributions of everyone but white males in the building of this country. Like most things, if you repeat it enough it becomes true. For example I am sure all of you have seen clips of angry people at town hall health care reform meetings who channel Beck’s comments and yell “I want my America back.”
Here come the questions:
What do you mean by “YOUR America”? (I mean this is as non snarky as possible) What is the “white culture” that Obama hates? What do these comments really mean?
Is the “my America” and “white culture” that these people refer to only a few semantic shifts from white supremacy?
What will this outrage at the loss of the old America turn into?
Before you answer, here is how I am framing my thoughts on the situation:
I learned a long time ago to never suggest in any serious manner that a friend of mine may be (shhh) racist (to their face). The backlash ranges from extreme embarrassment to very angry and friendship deteriorating hidden feelings. I am uncomfortable even writing about it. The article really does a way better job at it. So keep it in mind. Even if you find yoruselves sympathizing with the Glen Becks in the world, I would like to know your feelings. Afterall, issues like Affirmative Action and Health Care Reform cut VERY close to the heart of many people. I will not judge if you don’t. This is about discussion afterall. (Also I’m pretty sure there should be an anonymous option if you should choose)
Just to reiterate general points:
WTF do you think of the idea of “post-racial” America? Does anyone believe that shizz?
What emotions do Buchanan’s and Beck’s arguments stir up?
What do you think about the editing of American History to upplay some people and downplay others?
Share a moment where you were accused of being racist/sexist/classist/other-ist? Thoughts?
Whatever other question you would like to answer/ask.