Rascism and Obama

@starr4all (2865)
September 24, 2008 5:13pm CST
Is anyone tired of being accused of being a rascist just because your not voting for Obama? I'm basing my vote on the issues, not the color of the mans skin. Yet, because I'm probably voting for mccain, I'm being accused of rascism. Anyone else tired of the rascism card being thrown out there?
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@irishidid (8119)
• United States
24 Sep 08
If they insist then wouldn't that make anyone not voting for McCain as someone who is prejudice against the Irish and Scottish American?
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@vivasuzi (4126)
• United States
25 Sep 08
Well said! I say everyone who doesn't vote for McCain is prejudice against Old guys :-D
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@fwidman (11519)
• United States
24 Sep 08
It has gotten rather old, especially her on myLot. I suppose if you are white and voting for the white guy you are racist. If you are a black guy and you don't vote for McCain, I guess that makes you a racist too. The whole thing is utterly ridiculous. I plan on voting for whomever I darn well please and if people don't like it, then too bad for them. No one should be telling anyone who to vote for, that's why we all have our own brains, so we can think for ourselves
@starr4all (2865)
24 Sep 08
Well said. Thanks for commenting.
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25 Sep 08
Everyone is tired of the charges of racism. I have black friends who are voting MCCAin and they are really hearing it. It is a cheap tactic that the obama supporters are using to try and force people to vote their way. It will backfire. I know several people who have decided to go vote against Obama because of this. They were going to sit out the election because neither candidate was appealing. Now they think Obama should lose to make a point. Their vote, I guess.
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@starr4all (2865)
25 Sep 08
It's part of the reason I'm leaning towards voting McCain rather than Obama. I was on the fence cause I don't like either candidate. I'm a registered democrat. Moderate-liberal. But, I don't agree with a lot of Obama's campaign and some of his rather shady associates. Plus, I'm not liking how the democrat party have been bashing Palin and her family. Don't get me wrong, I don't agree with a lot of what she stands for but I'm disgusted with the mudslinging.
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• United States
5 Oct 08
Obama should not lose to make a point. That is totally wrong. That is giving the media a reason to call people racist even if they aren't. Everyone knows that the media will take a highly charged issue and make it worse with their own twists on words or happenings to arouse the wrath of people. If we fall for it, we're crazy. People should not go by what the media has to say, they should go by what Obama and McCain are saying. The media is not going to be the person running the country. I, unlike the people you know, will vote however I want no matter whose feathers I tend to ruffle. I like Obama. I find him to be an intelligent, open minded and fair man who is very charismatic. He reminds me of Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton in the fact that he knows how to reach out to people....to connect with them. I also like his stands on the issues. That is why I am voting for him. Not because he's bi-racial or whatever. I'm not going to stand aside and not vote or hope that he loses to prove a point. Why should Obama be punished for what the media does or says. Or going even further, to what the man on the street accuses people of doing? That's the problems with politics today. Everyone gets so caught up in what is rumored or what the media has to say that they let them change their minds or not vote at all. Americans need to stand up and listen to what the candidates have to say, go with their hearts and vote for whomever they want. No matter whether the candidate is a Democrat or Republican, black or white, man or woman.
@newtondak (3950)
• United States
24 Sep 08
It's yet another double standard - he wants us all to not use race to decide whether or not to vote for him, but when we decide not to vote for him because we don't agree with his platform, then we're racist! I sure don't here criticism of our minority population when they say that they're not voting for McCain - wouldn't that be just as racist? Again - a double standard!
@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
25 Sep 08
Well said, Newtondak!
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• United States
25 Sep 08
I am sick of it too. I am not voting for Obama and it has NOTHING to do with his race and everything to do with his stance on the issues. I personally do not see race or gender when I vote for elected officials. I vote for the person who I think is best for the job. That is the beginning and end of it. I am tired of the people trying to pressure or guilt people into voting for Obama. "If you do not vote for Obama your a racist". So are we suppost to vote for a man we do not believe is right for the job or agree with stance on the issues just to "prove" we are not racist? That is stupid. And not a good way to pick the next president of the United States. I wonder if the media will make a big deal out race if he looses the race? I can see it now. "America just was not ready for a black president". If he looses it will not because of his color but due to his lack of experience and that his stand on the issues did not match the majority of the voters.
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• United States
25 Sep 08
Yes, I've been seeing that pop up in the news and on the internet and it really makes me mad! I'm not racist, and couldn't care less what race Obama is. If any of the other Democratic contenders had been nominated, all of the white, I would still be voting for McCain,not them. I just don't agree with their politics. I think this has been an amazingly non racist campaign, EXCEPT for the media and voters who keep throwing that out in the middle of the real issues.
25 Sep 08
The media is the ring leader in this racial stuff. you are entitled to vote for who you want. Me myself I'm voting for Obama. But, what people also do not know is what qualifies a republican and a true democrat. If you do not make six figures a year you don't even qualify to vote republican, and this was what qualified African American people years ago. So, guess what the rule carries over for generations. That's why the magority of African Americans vote Democrat. We know a lot of people who don't make six figures and have family members who don't make six figures. Obama knows this and understands this. It's not about racism for us. The media made it racism and we don't pay them know mind. Everyone is entitled to vote for whom they wish and for whatever reason they want. For me I know the real reason why Most African Americans vote Democrat they can't afford not to and Republicans are not helping us in anyway to vote otherwise.
• United States
25 Sep 08
I'm white. I'm literally barely scraping by these days, no 6 figures. But I still vote Republican. If people understood more about what Republicans and Democrats really stand for, instead of what the media and others say, then they would realize the poor people usually get more help from Republicans in the long run. The Democrats tend to choose "help" that has the net result of keeping poor people DOWN.
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• United States
24 Sep 08
I have never been called racist but most people I talk to are voting for McCain. It's ridicules to call someone racist especially since he's half white. People can call me what they want, name calling wont change my mind.
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@starr4all (2865)
24 Sep 08
For me, most military people are voting McCain. Those not affiliated with the military are voting Obama. Thanks for commenting.
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@lilaclady (28270)
• Australia
24 Sep 08
I hate the hold that the minority groups have over us today, even if you don't like a person these days that is in the minority group you are called a racist, its crazy, they still have personalities and many of them are not nice...so why can't you dislike them, i think the racism thing has gone too far...
@vivasuzi (4126)
• United States
25 Sep 08
Yes if you dislike a minority on a Reality show, for example, you always have to say it just right so that people don't think you dislike them just b/c they are black. If it's any consolation to these people, I've voted for black people to win So you think you can dance and other reality shows!
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
25 Sep 08
Hello Starr4all, Yes! In fact, I'm beyond fatigued by the innappropriate invocation of racism in this election, and this country! The whole of my life I have walked the talk of 'color blindness'. As have many really terrific people, whom I've been blessed to call friends. That good and kind, fair-minded people are being blanketly coined 'racist' by race peddlers should be an affront to the sensibilities every single American. It frustrates me to no end. Yet, I find it helpful, and diffusing to put it into perspective. Imagine being a Black man or woman who is voting for Sen. McCain and against Sen. Obama??? Imagine being that same Black man or woman who has been called an "oreo cookie" by other Black men and women over the decades. I have such a friend in that position. He is an inspiration to many, yet he is denigrated by supporters of the rabid, Black Power Movement. He just lets their negativity roll off his shoulders! The hard, cold reality is that we will never fully rise above racism until minority groups are ready to give up their grasp on race as an issue. That the racist angle has shifted from irrational KKK types, to irrational race peddlers in no way diminishes the prevalence of racism in the hearts and minds of some Americans today. Shame on all race peddlers -- from David Duke to Margaret Sanger, to Louis Farrakhan, to Jesse Jackson, to Al Sharpton ... and now to Team Obama!
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@vivasuzi (4126)
• United States
25 Sep 08
I haven't been called this, but I've heard people are using this as a way to try to get ppl to vote for Obama. I think it's disgusting. If McCain was black, I'd still vote for him. It's the party I'm for not the man.
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@greysfreak (1388)
• United States
25 Sep 08
I am so relieved to see your discussion, it's just been tearing me in all directions seeing all the talk about this. I don't support Obama, but not because of his race, but because I don't really know what he is planning to do to help us. I really don't think he can! When we have our first black president, I want it to be someone who doesn't divide us even more, someone who doesn't put left against right, white against black. We are all Americans, and that is how we should be treated, not by skin color. I am so sick of how now it's almost "bad" to be white, I'm not saying that because I feel that way, but I feel that is what people are saying to us.. clearly they are calling white Obama adversaries racist, so I take that as an insult. I'm not very social these days, but when I was still in college I talked to people of different races, and I didn't really think anything about it--we are all people, if I don't like someone it's because I don't like their personality or how they treat me. I hate that it's come down to people having to defend themselves though. That said, I am not voting, because I am still registered in Maryland but living in Tennessee, and haven't gotten my state ID yet. I do care about what happens, but right now I am just trying to numb myself to it all, I have other personal things to deal with, and this politics just makes me more depressed!
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
25 Sep 08
Hello Greysfreak, You make some really terrific points here! Thanks for sharing. As to your voting dilemma: You do not have to have a State I.D. to vote in the State of Tennessee. Any of the following alternatives is acceptable. I.D. Must show name and address: Drivers license/State Issued ID Passport Student/military id Employee id Pilots license Hunting/fishing license Handgun license If you don't have any of the alternative forms of I.D. listed above, then you are legally eligible to: "vote a regular ballot if the voter signs an affidavit". http://projectvote.org/fileadmin/ProjectVote/Voter_ID_Requirements/tennessee.html
• United States
1 Oct 08
Good discussion! Yes, I am tired of it. If you are white and vote for McCain, you are a racist. If you are Afro-American and vote for Obama, that's normal. If you are some other minority, you can vote for anyone you want, and it is no problem. It is not just the election, this permeates our entire society. I don't want to walk on eggshells. I want to do and say as I feel without being judged for it. Just like I don't think we should have to hire someone because he or she is a minority and we have a quota to meet. Some minorities do not want that anyway. They want to be hired because they have the talent and skills. If Obama wins, this is going to get worse. You can be sure of one thing. Michelle Obama will be making it worse.
@annjilena (5621)
• United States
25 Sep 08
you are not racist it,s your choice who you choose to vote for it all our choice they probably saying that because you are none black don,t worry about that to each it,s on.have a blessed day
@oneidmnster (1389)
• United States
25 Sep 08
So if someone is being called a racist because they're not voting for Obama,is it reverse racism that a large number of blacks are voting for Obama simply because he's part black?I think a lot of whites are voting for Obama so they look politically correct.Whites are going way overboard to make people believe they aren't racist. If people would vote based on the issues alone,neither McCain nor Obama would be elected.Neither one of them is really qualified.