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News The leading factor in the U.S. presidential runoff: covert racism

  1. Aug 21, 2008 #1
    Notwithstanding that Barack Obama was born to a black father, the U.S. presidential runoff will be decided on issues of race, especially driven by fearful stereotypes and the racist attempt to retain control of America by a dwindling white population.

    American conservatism, subtly or overtly, is rallying Caucasian voters to one last stand of supremacy. (It seems to me this prejudice may be endemic to older conservatives bitter from the fallout of the civil rights era and conditioned by the experience of segregation, or middle class enclaves competing economically with a recent influx of ethnicities.)

    Do tolerant conservatives sense this push toward discrimination in politics, or overhear back room conversations that basically argue about the inferiority of the black race and the need to exclude their concerns from the public forum? The metaphorical mule is being slapped out from under the governmental gallows.
     
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    Hah, when I was visiting Mass and I would tell them I'm from DC, they would all say to me: "Oh, you have a lot of black people there. I have nothing against black people, but there are so many in DC"

    I was like...........uh..........okay?

    Americans have a serious complex when it comes to sex, race, and religion.
     
  4. Aug 21, 2008 #3

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    How about racism of blacks toward whites or ethnocentrism? Do you think that is a factor here as well? Whether the candidate is a Harvard grad or a crack addict, blacks tend to get upwards of 90% of the "black vote". Why?

    Regardless of how you look at the issue, though, I do agree with cyrus. Americans have a complex about race. We are not yet to the point where people ignore it.
     
  5. Aug 21, 2008 #4

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    So then, are you claiming that it is impossible to disagree with Barack or vote against him for reasons that are not racist? If that is not impossible, then you would have no way of knowing the reasons that people vote against him. Since you couldn't know the real reason, you would be pre-judging (prejudice) people with your assumption that the leading reason is racism.
     
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  6. Aug 21, 2008 #5

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    The best thing about covert racism is that sometimes it's so covert the racist himself doesn't realize he is racist. He might even think he's voting for McCain based on, say, economic issues or foreign policy, but nope, it's all racism.
     
  7. Aug 21, 2008 #6
    You have Hillary supports who are drifting towards McCain instead of Obama because he just "isn't their kind of guy".

    What reason can they have to going to McCain? He's anti-abortion, wants to keep the war going, no universal healthcare, i.e. the exact opposite of why you'd support Hillary.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1x81XODP-o&feature=related

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  8. Aug 21, 2008 #7

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    Wait, are you just saying that it is impossible to disagree with Obama if you are not racist?
     
  9. Aug 21, 2008 #8

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    And ironically, often it is the one looking for/finding covert racism everywhere he/she looks who really is the covert racist!
     
  10. Aug 21, 2008 #9
    I can think of a wealth of reasons people would not vote for Obama besides racism. Examples would be stupidity, ignorance, spite, or the two issues that have always accounted for 95% of all votes for Republicans: abortion and tax cuts.
     
  11. Aug 21, 2008 #10

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    Of course you would - they admit to it in polls!

    For instance, 8% of WV Primary voters said race was the most important factor in their decision. At least 86% of those respondents voted for Hillary. And additional 14% said it was one of the factors, and more than 80% of those people voted for Hillary.

    http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/primaries/results/epolls/#WVDEM
     
  12. Aug 21, 2008 #11

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    Over 80% of households will see a bigger tax cut from Obama's plan than from McCain's plan.
     
  13. Aug 21, 2008 #12
    True, but a great number of those households are occupied by knaves who don't understand what they're voting for, and have been conditioned to associate Republicans with "low taxes, small government," and Democrats with "tax and spend." The point was what is motivating the voters, not what they'll actually end up with.
     
  14. Aug 21, 2008 #13
    Yes, that would fall under "stupiditiy" like he said.
     
  15. Aug 21, 2008 #14
    What incited me to start this thread were the extreme statistical exaggerations and untruths in the following diatribe, an attempt to rationalize ignorance within the electorate. How would Mr. Buchanan's "Higher Intelligence" respond to him? What difference would it make if his assertions about blacks were instead true of whites - that it is not color but the difference thereof that matters?


    http://buchanan.org/blog/?p=969
     
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  16. Aug 21, 2008 #15

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    That entire thing reads like some kind of sick joke. IMO Pat Buchanan is an insult to the intelligence of not just white people but all people.
     
  17. Aug 21, 2008 #16

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    Loren, you're missing a link to the url. That's a few months old, isn't it? I remember reading that article this Spring.
     
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    I expect that racism will play a role in the next election and will skew results. To the extent that Obama surrounds himself with a black cadre of spokes people, to the extent that Michelle plays a prominent role in interviews and campaigning, I think it will all work to distract voters from whatever his underlaying message may be.

    Sadly for the GOP though they have done such a butcher job on the US economy and foreign policy, that I have serious doubts McCain has the mettle, or the charisma, or the arrows in his quiver, or that there is that much racism, to keep their dreadful reign any longer in power, nor likely any hope of McCain not being branded, bound and thrown off the sacrificial cliff with the rest of them.
     
  20. Aug 21, 2008 #19

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    I think you need to view Buchanan in light of what he makes his living at. He's apparently a conservative shock jock, prepared to defend outrageous positions, because it gives him notoriety and face time.

    You probably don't like Ann Coulter either.
     
  21. Aug 21, 2008 #20

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    The site is run by a Linda Miller.
     
  22. Aug 21, 2008 #21

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    Social psychologists use something called an Implicit Association Test (IAT) to study bias. According to this measure, 79-80% of whites show a preference for white, and more interestingly 42% of blacks show a preference for white. This is an interesting video about IAT tests and racial bias:
    http://de.youtube.com/watch?v=n5Q5FQfXZag

    and, yes, I've been tested, but I won't tell you how I did. :smile:
     
  23. Aug 21, 2008 #22

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    No need to post the Buchanan quote, Loren...most of us know what the agenda of the racist faction of the "conservative" wing is. It's pretty crazy - I have been a conservative for all my life and I can't call myself a conservative for fear of being lumped in with these nut-cases. I worked full-time summers and vacations as much as possible from the age of 13-14 to save money to put myself through college. I worked all through college so that my load on my parents was minimal. I have always espoused smaller, more efficient, more responsive governments at the town, county, state, and federal levels, only to see my hopes dashed by the corrupt two-party system that dominates our governments. Now, I am sickened by "conservatives" who have thrown off all pretense and brazenly loot the public coffers while building programs that enrich their backers, and wave the flag and holler "unpatriotic" and "un-American" at anybody who tries to raise an objection to any of their policies.

    My wife and I both came from large and poor families, and when we started out, we had nothing but each other. We have worked very hard to get where we are, and we always voted split tickets to make sure that we got the best of the (sometimes poor choices of) candidates in office. Now, we are almost certainly committed to voting a straight-Democratic ticket (with some exceptions) because of the blatant lies and hijacking of our government by Bush/Cheney and the unwavering support they have gotten from our (both women) senators. Collins is history this time, if we can make it happen, and Snowe is gone next time, if possible, though they have both gotten our votes in the past. Enough is enough.

    For some background, this conservative dated a young black woman in college, and given the huge white/black disparity in 1970 or so, I dated a MUCH higher proportion of blacks than whites per capita. My favorite nephew (another real conservative and a soul-mate concerning hunting, fishing, shooting, etc) is a lifer in the Navy and worked his way up from being a grunt to accepting a commission as a Chief Warrant Officer. Years back, he married a lovely black woman stationed in San Diego with a beautiful black daughter from a previous marriage. I treasure them. Real conservatives value real people and don't figure race into the picture. BTW, when I was a chief specialist for the 2nd-largest training company in the world, they gave me a black guy for a project manager, and he became a great friend almost immediately. A former multi-discipline engineer on a nuclear attack sub - smart, level-headed, with the temperament to deal with adversity in a way that emphasized the strengths of our department. I learned a lot from that guy.

    Bottom line: Tread lightly on the issues of race and racism. I hope that there are lot of life-long conservatives who don't want to be tied to the neo-cons and their agendas, and will be willing to vote for Obama, if only for some hope for fiscal responsibility, and tax reform. In my mind, and in the minds of other real conservatives (I hope) is the notion that those of us who benefit disproportionately from the US/capitalist system should be willing to repay that system in kind and not push an oppressive tax burden onto the disadvantaged or onto the coming generations who have little or no say in current policy.
     
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  24. Aug 21, 2008 #23

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    Fascinating! Looks like you can take the test on the IAT website.
     
  25. Aug 21, 2008 #24

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    His comments are revolting. I know what he does for a living. He's a scum bag, IMO.

    Because posts that are offensive to any group of people are not allowed on this forum, I have deleted the verbiage. I will the leave link up, but warn anyone that reads it that it is extremely racist and offensive.
     
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  26. Aug 21, 2008 #25

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    I certainly don't defend him, but neither do I loathe him.

    It's like you can't blame a shark for eating swimmers. It's their nature.

    He's trained to elicit responses. He punches buttons and stimulates discussion. He writes books. He does shows. He makes money. And sadly he is likely articulating a vein of sentiment that runs strongly in certain quarters, however unreasonable such sentiment may be.
     
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