Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Playing the Race Card

In the minds of many, President Obama is considered the black President. Personally I find that disrespectful and offensive on many levels. Hasn’t he earned the respect to be addressed in the same manner as the 43 prior Presidents, which weren’t tagged by their ethnicity or heritage?  President Obama is the 44th President of the United States, period. 

Contrary to what some folk think that because the President is black, African Americans deserve preferential treatment while others believe that he should not address any issues affecting African Americans for the fear of being too “BLACK,” whatever that means. This goes against our endless fight in this country for justice and equality for all people. In fact, such mindsets feed into the fears of those on the opposite side of the spectrum of racial disparity. Our expectation has and should always be of inclusion and never at the expense of any American.

It’s no secret that much of what’s going on in Washington as well as the country is a lack of respect for the President motivated by bigotry. The images and threats of violence displayed at recent rallies seem to emulate the chants of hate not seen since the 1950s and 60’s.  The argument that many of these protests and rallies are based on policy differences alone lack creditability and only fuel hostility and resentment. We must not allow those that are committed to the failure of this President to prevail.

Putting the race card aside, let’s work with the 44th President of the United States to move our country forward.
 




Comments

1. Robert Brown said...

Tavis Smiley.Yes I said it.I expect it from the tea party.Not our own.

2. JB said...

Isn't it a little hypocrytical of you to talk about the race card when the majority of your posts do just that?EveryWeek!Obama Obama Obama!

3. Jim said...

You just made me pull over in a parking lot.AMEN.Speak the truth.Wow!

4. MAC said...

You liberals kill me.African Americans will be most affected by this bill.You all figure it out when your taxes and health care bills are raised because of OBAMACARE!

5. Alan said...

Why are you offended?I dont understand!

6. Richard said...

Tanya,you are on point.We need to check ourselves as we call out the opposition.

7. Cyn said...

What planet are you from JB?

8. JB said...

I am a proud American from Planet Earth,Cyn.I do not believe that all issues are defined by race.I did not introduce the subject of race.You cannot have it both ways.He is the first Black President.

9. Michael said...

Love the commentary and subsequent comments.We can have it both ways.When his ethnicty is used to demean it is wrong.Much of the disrepect is aimed at the Black president,not Barack Obama,the President of the US

10. Rich said...

The race card is always played when an advantage is needed."I voted for because he was Black" versus "I can not vote for a Black man"Both are reprehensible.

11. Suzanne said...

Bravo!

12. Aaron said...

I saw this in the newspaper.You are everywhere!Good job!

13. kambui said...

Not sure how or when egalitarianism became such a curse word, let alone a component of a "race card." A fair and equal society does not have to be a framework exclusive to conservatives or liberals...

song currently stuck in my head: "trio: oh susanna" - the art ensemble of chicago

14. kambui said...

I posted some thoughts back in December about what African Americans should expect from President Obama. My conclusion is that the unequal measures of health, income, and education are too unsettling to ignore. Let me know if you reach a different conclusion: http://urbalt.ning.com/profiles/blogs/barack-obama-president-for-1

song currently stuck in my head: "tang" - duke ellington

15. LJ said...

Expectations seldom live up to reality.A Black President is expected to be all things to all people.Reality is a "B"

16. ????? said...

Well said

17. brown said...

He is the 44th President,but will always a N to the Teabagger Sheet Party.

18. Wayne said...

You have got to be kidding me.

This is crazy. Americans fussing over the fact that we have made some history by having the first Black President ever. Do you think they would have done this if Senator Hillary Clinton was President being the first Women President? Get a Clue folks.

Americans will never be happy at anytime. Since we let society and the Federal Govt rule.

Let's see what is said if we got the balls to take back our jobs from overseas, stimulate our country ourselves, pay our folks and take back what we have given away so freely.

This again is stupid. Let's talk about how to get back on our feet, get paid and live like americans. not like wimps

19. Randy said...

I look forward to your weekly commentaries.We seldom hear the voice of a strong,bright sister speaking on national issues.I used to listen to you on Praise,but glad to hear you back on KISSFM.Stay Strong!

20. JPearl said...

The reason Tavis Smiley has never gotten on the Obama bandwagen is because Obama did not attend one of Tavis' town hall meeting during his campaign. As far as Obama in general, Obama is a pioneer. As you know most pioneers are never appreciated directly. We tend not to appreciate their place in history until decades and generations later. If and when we have another minority in office (racially or gender wise) their road will be paved a little easier because of the history made by Obama(whether you like him or hate him)

21. David+Hollenbach said...

President Obama is 50% Black, and 50% White. Why do you say he is Black? I say he is White. We are equally correct and equally incorrect. He is neither. He is Black and White equally. You are making race an issue by arbitrarily calling him Black when he is only half Black. Just leave race out of it. He is the 44th President. Period.



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