Playing The Race Card???

Playing The Race Card???

Playing The Race Card???




There are a significant number of white people in this country who speak about the racism that we as black Americans are supposed to be guilty of.


However, I consider this the kettle calling the pot black.


How can the creator of a problem, turn things around to the point where the victims become the accused.


They seem to be looking in the mirror when they are talking about our sins, and despising what they see.


What they see is the hatred and disrespect that they unleashed on the black people of this country, who they brought here as slaves, and continued to dehumanize decades after slavery was legally abolished, and as quiet as it is kept; many of us still experience being treated different then other people of other races, in many business and social situations. 


They seem to forget the laws of physics when they are trying to turn the tables by condemning us for the despicable things that they have, and are still guilty of.


 You know like, for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction, and the law of cause and effect, for every cause, there is an effect.


They seem to forget the causes for these attitudes on the part of the black people in this country, which causes them to try and transfer the hatred and loathing that they imposed upon us, on us.


All of a sudden, the victims of the hatred and dehumanization become the perpetrators of the hatred. Oh my how the tables do turn!


They forget all of the background information, and the events that led to these negative feelings, (or they would like to).


Some white people say, “Stop playing the victim!” “ Get over it”. “Slavery is over”.


Yes slavery is over; but racism is not.


Further more, it is not up to you to tell the victims of a crime, how they should or should not feel, or how long they should feel it, as a result.


I often hear this these types of statements about black people who had to endure the pain and suffering of slavery then, and racism, discrimination, and exclusion now


However, I rarely hear society telling the Jews, that they should just forget the pain and suffering that their people experienced during the Holocaust. Why is it that white society wants us to forget what was done to us, and to overlook what is still being done to us, and then move on.


Do you not know that atrocities such as slavery or the Holocaust, affects these people for generations and generations to come.


The damage that was done to the black race is apparent.




A recent example of this foolishness is the accusation from the McCain campaign that Barack Obama is playing the race card because of his recent commercial where he points out the fact that he is unlike any president in history, and that he does not look like any of the presidents that you currently find on our U.S. currency.


These are of course historical facts, and have been the basis for many of the attacks that Obama has experienced during the race to the White House since the beginning: “He has a funny name that sounds like Osama”. “He’s an African American and therefore unqualified to be president of the United States of America”. “He looks like a terrorist”. “Why do you think they call it the “White House”?” And the list goes on and on.


So what Obama did, was point out what in reality are facts, and what in reality are points of view that have been used to discredit him as a viable presidential candidate.


And as a result of this, the McCain Campaign has now accused him of playing the race card.


Of all people in America, a white “Conservative”, “Maverick”, “Republican”, is accusing a black man of racism.


John McCain proclaimed to reporters when he made this accusation against Obama, that he has spent most of his life supporting civil rights. However, when confronted by a reporter who asked him what he had actually done to support civil rights, he searched in vain for an answer.


Hmm! I wonder why he could not give an account of all of his civil rights support activities.


Now this term, “Playing The Race Card” has been prevalent in our society every since Johnny Cochran’s defense of O.J. Simpson, and it is now viewed as a very negative thing for black people to do.


However, the fact of the matter is, once again, that there is something that has occurred and that continues to occur in this country that makes playing the race card necessary at times.


Playing the race card is not an attack mechanism, but a defense mechanism, like so many of the devices that the black race has adopted to insure it’s survival, after centuries of dehumanization and abuse.


Now how in the hell is Obama playing the race card by stating the same facts that many white Americans have been stating every since he decided to run for president?


This is another example of white people trying to imply that black people are over reacting to imaginary racial attacks that have never ever occurred, or that are not occurring presently in this country on a daily basis. And everyone black or white, who is aware of this countries racial climate, knows that this is just not the case.


I am also tired of hearing this bull-shit about anyone who does not vote for Obama, or agree with his policies is classified as racist by his black supporters, “and that’s not fair”.


“ We don’t know who he is or what he is about”. Solution:


Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, by Barack Obama


The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, by Barack Obama


Hopes and Dreams: The story of Barack Obama, by Steve Dougherty


Barack Obama in His Own Words: By Barack Obama


Barack Obama: Working to Make a Difference: (Gateway Biographies), by Marlene Targ Brill




The people, who say that they do not know who he is, or what he is about, are just using this as an excuse.




Because there are too many white people faced with this very important decision that will have long term effects on our country as a whole, who will not even make an effort to hear what he has to say, read what he has written, or read what has been written about him.






It is because their decision not to investigate, consider, or vote for Barack Obama, goes no deeper than his skin.


However, let it be known that, when a man or woman chooses a mate for the wrong reasons, they will surely run into trouble with that decision in the future. So it will be with this all-important decision for our country. The stakes are high, and choosing wrong, either way, may have dyer consequences. Those who choose a president, or not choose a president for the wrong reasons, will have to live with the consequences of their choice.


A decision that carries as much gravity with it as the one that we have to make on November 4, 2008, should be investigated thoroughly, and should not be made based on surface judgments, (a candidates skin color).


I personally know that there are some honest White Americans who just do not believe that he is the best man for the job, and it is not about his race. However, let’s be honest.


Of all of the white people who think that he is not the right man for the job, how many of them did not need to look any further then his skin to make this determination?


Based on the racial climate in this country, which has improved, but that is far from being perfected, as some would have you believe, I venture to say that the first scenario is the exception, and that the second one is the rule.


So to make it clear to the people who say this shit; I say to you, that there is more evidence to support the fact that their reasons for rejecting Obama is most likely due to racism, then there is to support the view point that it is not.


This is based on U.S. History, past, present, and probably future, if we do not all work together to destroy the artificial human barrier, known as racism.


So the next time you hear about a black person playing the race card, remember the laws of physics; for each action, there is an opposite and equal reaction, and the law of cause and effect; for every cause, there is an effect.


What I am simply saying is, reverse discrimination is a by product of discrimination, and could not exist without it’s predecessor. Racism practiced by many in the black community, is a reaction to the racism that has been practiced against us for hundreds of years, and yes! Even to this day. And as far as playing the race card is concerned; there would be no reason to play the race card, if the deck had not already been stacked against us in the first damm place.


Vote for Barack Obama in the November General Election, not because he is black, but because of the very limited choices that we have, he is the best candidate from the party who does not have a negative 8-year track record for tearing this country down.


Greg Coleman



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