Playing The Racist Card...

Racism... - Racism...
@twoey68 (13651)
United States
November 18, 2008 8:15am CST
Lately I’ve seen a lot of ppl calling other ppl racists. I’ve been called one more times than I can shake a stick at and it seems to have gotten worse since the election. It’s like anyone that doesn’t support 0bama is automatically a racist. It isn’t possible to dislike him for any other reason. But does disliking one person make you a racist? What are the rules for calling someone a racist…especially someone you really don’t know anything about? Do ppl stop to think how hurtful and mean it is to call someone that? Is this what we have to look forward to for the next 4 years…anyone that opposes 0bama is a racist? Have you been called a racist? Does it upset you to be called that? What is your reaction to being called one? Why do you think ppl call other ppl racists without knowing whether they really are or not? [b]~~IN SEARCH OF PEACE WITHIN~~ **AGAINST THE STORMS, I WILL STAND STRONG** [/b]
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
18 Nov 08
No if you do not vote for Obama or do not like him, that does not make you a racist..The only reason that this is an issue is because he is Black,if he were white ,it would not be an issue at all....I know in my own heart what a racist is and i am not one,if someone wants to call me one ,does not make me one..We have only two persons to answer to in this life ,one it to ourselfs ,and the other to God..We cannot help what others think of us...
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
19 Nov 08
I agree that if he were white this wouldn't be an issue and in fact throughtout the campaign he insisted his campaign had nothing to do with race and yet it seems like that's all I hear now. I wonder if this means that any black person that didn't vote for McCain is a racist? [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG AND TRUST IN GOD**[/b]
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
19 Nov 08
I am not sure what comment that would make..As far as i know most all African Americans voted for him,becuase this would be a very good victory for their heritage...
@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
18 Nov 08
It's not just with Obama believe me. It's with other people that I personally know. Wether it be in the workplace or a friend's husband. A lady I work with always assumes that people are racist against her just because they don't agree with her on simple matters such as agreeing on a certain way to do the job. My friend's husband blames bad things happening to him because he's black. It's rediculous really.... Have a great day
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• United States
18 Nov 08
I respond to this because I feel this discussion is in response to mine about the blog post. I didn't say that MyLot Admin is racist, I asked an incensed question in order to bring attention to the subject. I really and truly hope that MyLot admin isn't. But, on the other hand, its not them not supporting Obama that would make me believe that they were. What really has me on the fence about it is that they would approve a blog with such derogatory and racist comments on there, while deleting most that are positive. If this wasn't in response to my discussion, then let me answer the question unbiased as well. Yes, there has been a lot of throwing around of that word since the election, and it shouldn't be assumed that someone who doesn't support Obama is a racist. However, on the flip side of the coin, there have been many more racist acts being committed since the election as well. This election has left us in a very sensitive time, and people that have been in the closet racists are now showing their true colors. Everyone must be careful, and make sure they aren't reading too much into people's comments and responses (I know, I would say that after the first paragraph huh lol?) This new situation will take some getting used to for everyone, and this situation is only natural. Not right, mind you, but a natural reaction to the situation at hand.
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@cjgrooms (4456)
• United States
18 Nov 08
Disliking a person does not make you a racist unless you dislike them because of their race (and lets face it if you dislike one person because of their race you have to dislike the entire race). I don't like obama, i dislike what he stands for and how he views America it has NOTHING to do with race, if it makes someone feel better to think i dislike him because of his race they can feel free. I don't really care what someone that is to ignorant to look past his color to his views thinks.
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
18 Nov 08
I have been called a racist, and because I was calling the person (who happened to be black who HATES whites) a racist. It seems that there are those in the black community who say that you have to have "power" to be a racist. Well, I guess the blacks have power now, so they should be able to be called what they are if they hate whites: RACISTS!
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@Arkie69 (2156)
• United States
18 Nov 08
You are touching on something there that I have been giving a lot of thought to. The way things are looking electing Obama is not going to unite the blacks and whites but rather divide them even more. I say Obama being elected with hurt this country very badly. I didn't want him to be elected but strictly because I don't think he is qualified to be president of the United States. I also didn't believe McCain was qualified either. There were some that dropped out that would have been much better for this country that Obama or McCain either one. You can be sure though Obama being elected will cause a lot of tension and friction between Blacks and Whites. I hate to see it because this country doesn't need it but you may as well get ready for it.
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
19 Nov 08
I don't see it uniting ppl either...if anything it is driving them further and further apart. Not to mention it seems to have blown the racism issue out of proportion. [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG AND TRUST IN GOD**[/b]
@Arkie69 (2156)
• United States
19 Nov 08
That is exactly what I am seeing and we already had a lot more of that than we needed. I am hoping it will settle down some once Obama takes office. I heard something else last night on the news that is serious. A lot of the blacks are starting to say Obama favors white people over black people. People both black and white are forgetting Obama is half black and half white so it seems to me he should be allowed to go either direction without the other complaining. However as President of the United States He doesn't have the right to favor any race.
• Philippines
18 Apr 09
I'm a racist--a little. I only make friends with people who come from the same economic and financial status and educational attainment as I do. So, it's not racist--in the sense that it's in the color of your skin, rather it's in the amount of cash you have in your pocket. I've come to learn that the financially challenged ones tend to milk what I have, really--sometimes they'll get angry if I can't lend them money. So I do away with them. I lived without them; I don't see why I'll need them now.
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@bayernfan (1430)
• Canada
17 Apr 09
This is a tactic used in an attempt to stifle debate, scare opposition and quash dissent. It is a sure sign that the person resorting to that measure isn't confident in their position and lacks conviction in their argument. Not everyone is interested in a clean fight. You must be prepared for others to attack when they feel threatened or when they fear the truth. It is imperative to ignore such underhanded behaviour and battle through it. It takes bravery, but if everyone gives into fear, then things will get worse. Labeling someone a racist is an attempt to discredit that person and their arguments. It is often used to try to change the subject, buy/waste time, deflect criticism or to force someone onto the defensive. If you are called a racist and you back down or quit, then you lend credence to the accuser's argument(s). Why would anyone give in to this treatment unless they truly believed that they had done something wrong, correct? Besides, "Racist" people can make valid points. It is the validity of the argument, not the person who makes it, that is important. Sound familiar? If someone completely disregards the statements made by a racist just because they are racist, then that person is engaging in the exact same activity that they label others as "racist" for. How can one fault a racist for engaging in the exact same activity that they themselves do? Don't worry about convincing, or waste your time trying to convince, anyone employing such underhanded tactics because their minds are already closed. You cannot reason with such hypocrites anyway. Your message is for everyone else. Don't let anyone prevent you from talking to others or from speaking your mind. There is nothing wrong with disagreeing with Barack Obama or his policies.
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@BlueGoblin (1833)
• United States
18 Nov 08
The race card is a political tool used by minorities to take advantage of a racial majority and silence their dissent.
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@bamakelly (5194)
• United States
18 Nov 08
I do no consider myself a racist at all. I would be appalled if anyone even thought I was. I have been raised to believe that everyone should be equal. I don't think that someone who didn't want Obama as president should be considered a racist. Not everyone had the same man in mind when it came to the presidency. It does not bother me at all that an African American is going to be running the country. He is just as competent as any other man. He may do the country proud for all we know. I am a white woman and I do not believe in prejudice. I believe that someone qualifying as a racist would be someone who discriminates because of color and doesn't think a different color is as good as their own color. Name calling for instance like racial slurs is definitely criteria for racism and I don't like it at all. I am forty years old. This is 2008. Isn't it about time that the world just united and accepted people for who they are and the content of their character?
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
18 Nov 08
Nope I havent adn I dont know how I would feel . Probably laugh at them and go on with my life.
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• United States
18 Nov 08
The first time I was ever called a racist was here on myLot. I was totally shocked as I am anything but a racist. In fact until I came to the States "racist" was to me only a word in the dictionary. After living here for 30 years it is only too clear to me that it is still active and reared it's ugly head during the election. I raised my daughter to remember that we are all God's children the color of our skin does not define who we are only our actions can do that. Sadly too many myLotters have shown by their actions just how mean and hateful they are. BUT the good news is I have gotten over my initial shock and I do NOT give a rat's a$$ who calls me what as I know my own worth and it is much more than the nasty name calling low life idiots.
• United States
19 Nov 08
I did not vote for Obama because I disagreed with some of his issues nothing whatsoever to do with the color of his skin. I can really relate to your statement " What are the rules for calling someone a racist…especially someone you really don’t know anything about?" I know all about that as I was called a racist becuase my ID has the word "white" in it. I was shocked when I saw that the person who called me that made a comment to this discussion "that you can tell if someone is a racist when they open their mouth" I did not open my mouth just used "whiteheather" as my ID because it is lucky. Guess for me it was not so lucky as it makes me a racist.
• United States
19 Nov 08
You are correct MSV that is the difference you are intelligent and educated whereas....!!!
• United States
20 Nov 08
MSV I meant to post this article yesterday regarding Kyeewahwah called me an "oreo". It shows that she is using an epithet to descibe (insult?) me when that is exactly what was used to describe Obama (black on the outside BUT WHITE in the middle. Perhaps she is trying to compliment me by likening me to Obama?? How can that be I am not biracial. The media is attempting to derail the Obama candidacy by depicting Obama in the most unflattering terms they can find. The coverage may be in the guise of defending an issue or a direct attempt to be crtitical but it invariably includes negative or demeaning terms to define him. The latest derogatory term that has been unearthed is "Oreo". John MacLaughlin clearly understands that the term "Oreo" is not favorable to Sen. Barak Obama who is biracial. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/7/14/1018/68615/21/551195
• United States
18 Nov 08
I have not been personally called a racist. But I do not like Obama. Skin color is not even relevant to me on making a Presidential decision. Beside Obama is half white. How come if your half black your all black, that makes no sense to me either. I was just thinking earlier today about all this racism. It is so ridiculous. Folks want to hold things against us that our ancestors did that were wrong such as slavery, but seem to forget who what skin color also fought for their freedom. Not everyone was bad. Come lets just quit all this racism
• United States
18 Nov 08
I was trying to make just a black white point here. Was not implying that others have not been ever slaves..
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
19 Nov 08
That's a very good question...he is half white so why is he not referred to as a mixed president or a bi-racial president? [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG AND TRUST IN GOD**[/b]
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• United States
19 Nov 08
yeah i have been called a raciest and im far from it.. people loved pulling the race card when people said that obama looks like a monkey.. well so does bush!! so it wasnt because of obama being black there for a racial thing its because they do and mccain and jerry springer look like turtles.. thats not racist!! when people are in the public eye people will joke about them and its like no matter what now you cant because of obama.. its irritating and hurtful being called racist when i have never been racist in my life.. im hoping it will all blow over other wise the next 4 or 8 years will be hell for anyone trying to joke about anything!!
• United States
19 Nov 08
and not to mention that just saying you didnt vote for obama has gotten me called it.. but i didnt vote for mccain either!! i dont like either of them so what does that make me??
@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
18 Nov 08
You could say the same to people who are not like McCain, "You are a racist because you did not vote for McCain." Yes, there are people who did not vote for him because they are prejudiced, but there were others who did vote for him because he was black. I do not see colors, I see people. I voted for him because I thought he was the best of the two candidates. It does upset me if people would call me racist if I did not vote for him.
@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
18 Nov 08
Yes, I heard that, too, about McCain, too. That is just plain ridiculous. But I also heard that some changed when he chose Palin, and not because she was a woman but because they did not like stuff about her.
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
18 Nov 08
i have never been called a racist because i'm not. i don't remember anything u have said that made me think u are but some people just have to open their mouth & u can tell they are. there is alot of it around where i live. all these people that get on mylot & predict all this doom & gloom because we have a blackpresident what about the white one that's going out in jan. thank the good lord. couldn't anyone do any worse than him, i hope. obama is not even in office yet but they act like he is. i didn't vote either way but i think he deserves a chance.
@KYEEDAH1 (139)
• United States
18 Nov 08
You are so right Antiquelady, when some people open their mouths you can pretty much tell that they are racist. I have seen this several times on mylot and not because someone does not like Obama. Yes, let us give Obama a chance to do something before anyone judges him or say that the world or the US is doomed because we have a Black president.
• United States
17 Apr 09
I didn't vote for 0bama and I'm not ashamed to admit it. I'm a republican by nature. Even if the Republicans picked someone other than McCain, I'd have still voted for whomever the Republican candidate was. 0bama is going to run us all into the poor house. He's already hiked taxes, slashed the mortgage credit and taken away our charitable contribution tax write offs. He's determined to make the working class pay for the welfare class while the rich class sits back and laughs at how hard we are working and still can't stay afloat. The man should have never been elected. Yes, I was called a racist. And I don't care.
@messageme (2821)
• United States
1 Dec 08
oh yes ppl call others that all the time! They don't care if they know them or not. You don't agree with them then you are racist.. It's stupid what this world has come too. I think with obama being elected it has really brought out the ugly in some ppl.
• United States
1 Dec 08
You make a good point. When OJ was on trial for the first time I thought he was the murder and I was called a raciest as work. I did not think of it as a black and white thing I thought of it as a guy who killed two people thing. I do not care what color he is. My sister says some really bad stuff about people of different races and I can tell you she is being raciest against that group of people. But just because you disagree with Obama you are not automatically a racist unless you did not vote for him purely for the color of his skin. We all tend to have a little bit or raciest in us and we do not realize it. We say things we do things and do not realize it. I try not to but sometimes things come out from my up bring. Like the saying saying where you say the children rhyme that you say the "N" word I did not put two and two together and think they where talking about a certain class of people. If I was to say that rhyme the way I was brought up to I would be called a raciest.
@Impervious (1154)
• United States
1 Dec 08
I have had about the craps of the Obama and racism bit. Bottom line is that Obama is going to be the President of this great United States of America. And while I did not vote for him, my reasons had absolutely nothing to do with race. I can say now is that the man won the election and is to be our commander in chief. With that said. As far as I am concerned that makes him My President and I dont care whether you agree with him or not show some respect to MY President. As far as the racism goes I personally do not care who calls me a racist. I know what I am and I know who I am. And I know what I believe.