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President Barack Obama and his “White” fellow Americans


Andrew M. Manis is associate professor of history at Macon State College in Georgia and wrote this for an editorial in the Macon Telegraph.

Andrew M. Manis: When Are WE Going to Get Over It?


For much of the last forty years, ever since America “fixed” its race problem in the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts, we white people have been impatient with African Americans who continued to blame race for their difficulties. Often we have heard whites ask, “When are African Americans finally going to get over it? Now I want to ask: “When are we White Americans going to get over our ridiculous obsession with skin color?


Recent reports that “Election Spurs Hundreds’ of Race Threats, Crimes” should frighten and infuriate every one of us. Having grown up in “Bombingham,” Alabama in the 1960s, I remember overhearing an avalanche of comments about what many white classmates and their parents wanted to do to John and Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King. Eventually, as you may recall, in all three cases, someone decided to do more than “talk the talk.”


Since our recent presidential election, to our eternal shame we are once again hearing the same reprehensible talk I remember from my boyhood.


We white people have controlled political life in the disunited colonies and United States for some 400 years on this continent. Conservative whites have been in power 28 of the last 40 years. Even during the eight Clinton years, conservatives in Congress blocked most of his agenda and pulled him to the right. Yet never in that period did I read any headlines suggesting that anyone was calling for the assassinations of presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan, or either of the Bushes. Criticize them, yes. Call for their impeachment, perhaps. But there were no bounties on their heads. And even when someone did try to kill Ronald Reagan, the perpetrator was non-political mental case who wanted merely to impress Jody Foster.


But elect a liberal who happens to be Black and we’re back in the sixties again. At this point in our history, we should be proud that we’ve proven what conservatives are always saying — that in America anything is possible, EVEN electing a black man as president. But instead we now hear that school children from Maine to California are talking about wanting to “assassinate Obama.”


Fighting the urge to throw up, I can only ask, “How long?” How long before we white people realize we can’t make our nation, much less the whole world, look like us? How long until we white people can – once and for all – get over this hell-conceived preoccupation with skin color? How long until we white people get over the demonic conviction that white skin makes us superior? How long before we white people get over our bitter resentments about being demoted to the status of equality with non-whites?


How long before we get over our expectations that we should be at the head of the line merely because of our white skin? How long until we white people end our silence and call out our peers when they share the latest racist jokes in the privacy of our white-only conversations?

I believe in free speech, but how long until we white people start making racist loudmouths as socially uncomfortable as we do flag burners? How long until we white people will stop insisting that blacks exercise personal responsibility, build strong families, educate themselves enough to edit the Harvard Law Review, and work hard enough to become President of the United States, only to threaten to assassinate them when they do?

How long before we starting “living out the true meaning” of our creeds, both civil and religious, that all men and women are created equal and that “red and yellow, black and white” all are precious in God’s sight?

Until this past November 4, I didn’t believe this country would ever elect an African American to the presidency. I still don’t believe I’ll live long enough to see us white people get over our racism problem. But here’s my three-point plan: First, everyday that Barack Obama lives in the White House that Black Slaves Built, I’m going to pray that God (and the Secret Service) will protect him and his family from us white people.
Second, I’m going to report to the FBI any white person I overhear saying, in seriousness or in jest, anything of a threatening nature about President Obama. Third, I’m going to pray to live long enough to see America surprise the world once again, when white people can “in spirit and in truth” sing of our damnable color prejudice, “We HAVE overcome.”

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It takes a Village to protect our President!!!

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The Presidential campaign for Senator Barack Obama has changed the way the internet is used for fund raising and information dissemination. Throughout the campaign his opponents have attempted stay up to speed and have tried to paint Senator Obama with their own brush. Senator Obama and his staff have brilliantly stayed off the attempts to smear and denigrate his beliefs. The latests addition to the My.BarackObama.com website is a site called “Fight the Smears”.

The site promises this: “What you won’t hear from this campaign or this party is the kind of politics that uses religion as a wedge, and patriotism as a bludgeon–that sees our opponents not as competitors to challenge, but enemies to demonize. Because we may call ourselves Democrats and Republicans, but we are Americans first. We are always Americans first.” -Barack Obama, June 3, 2008-

Each time a smear is noted by someone on the internet they are to forward the information on to this watchdog site. The smears and false statements will be addressed directly and quickly. Here are a few of the Smears already out there in the spider web and each is taken on directly and forcefully. Please read on…

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Smear:

Michelle Obama Says “Whitey” On a Tape

LIE: Rush Limbaugh says a tape exists of Michelle Obama using the word “whitey” from the pulpit of Trinity United

LIE: Blogger Larry Johnson writes “New and dramatic developments. This is a heads up. I’ll post the news Monday morning by 0900 hours.”

LIE: Proven GOP sleazemeister Roger Stone says he has “credible evidence that some indelible record exists” of a tape of Michelle Obama using the term “whitey.”

LIE: Blogger: “Tape was filmed between June 26th – July 1st 2004 in Chicago, IL at the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition Conference at Trinity United Church: specifically the Women’s Event.”

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Dash Watches Edwards Endorse Obama Watching John Edwards endorse Barack Obama

This is a note that I got from the Obama campaign a moment ago…

Diana —

I have some very exciting news.

My good friend John Edwards is endorsing our campaign and joining our movement for change.

We’re here in Grand Rapids, Michigan — and if you receive this message in time, you can probably turn on your TV and be part of the moment.

I’m deeply honored by John’s support. He is a true leader who dedicated his career to improving the lives of ordinary Americans.

John ran a strong, principled campaign for president, focusing on a number of important issues where we share common ground — universal health care, bringing our troops home from Iraq, and eliminating poverty in America.

The way he ran his campaign was also important. He ran in a way that reflected our shared conviction that we need to fundamentally change politics.

Like our campaign, John’s campaign never accepted donations from Washington lobbyists or special interest PACs.

Let’s welcome John Edwards to the campaign with an outpouring of the kind of grassroots support that is bringing our political process back to the people.

Make a donation of whatever you can afford now, and if you choose, include your own note to Senator Edwards. I’ll make sure he gets them:

https://donate.barackobama.com/johnedwards

Thank you for all that you’re doing,

Barack

Donate

Paid for by Obama for America

This email was sent to: diana_377@msn.com

Finally, we get a more true picture of what is happening in those states where the “hard working ‘blue collar’ workers will not vote for Senator Obama. The following story is from the Washington Post.com.

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Danielle Ross was alone in an empty room at the Obama campaign headquarters in Kokomo, Ind., a cellphone in one hand, a voter call list in the other. She was stretched out on the carpeted floor wearing laceless sky-blue Converses, stories from the trail on her mind. It was the day before Indiana’s primary, and she had just been chased by dogs while canvassing in a Kokomo suburb. But that was not the worst thing to occur since she postponed her sophomore year at Middle Tennessee State University, in part to hopscotch America stumping for Barack Obama.

Here’s the worst: In Muncie, a factory town in the east-central part of Indiana, Ross and her cohorts were soliciting support for Obama at malls, on street corners and in a Wal-Mart parking lot, and they ran into “a horrible response,” as Ross put it, a level of anti-black sentiment that none of them had anticipated.

“The first person I encountered was like, ‘I’ll never vote for a black person,’ ” recalled Ross, who is white and just turned 20. “People just weren’t receptive.” Click below for the whole story. It is very interesting so read on…

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24588813/

On April 22, 2008 I posted a blog asking my readers to vote for their favorite 30 second video Called Obama in 30 Seconds.  I am happy to announce that the winner has been selected.  Thanks to all of you who voted.  All of the clips were deserving of mention.  Here are a few of them for your enjoyment.

I  received the following information from Adam Green of Moveon.org:

“Dear MoveOn member,

With over 5.5 million votes cast and the judges’ ballots in, our Obama in 30 Seconds contest has a winner!

The ad is powerful, and it’s been seen over a hundred thousand times online—but now we need to get it on TV and put it in front of voters nationwide. It’s clear the attacks have already begun. Last week, Senator McCain even accused Obama of being the favorite candidate of a terrorist organization. And it’ll only get nastier from here—the RNC has $31 million in the bank and they’re poised to unload a slew of negative ads against Obama.

That’s why we need to get this ad on the air now—to remind people, among all the negative ads, that Obama is inspiring people with his positive message of change. It’ll take at least $200,000 to air this ad—can you chip in $25? Check out the ad and contribute by clicking here”:  Obamacan

The Winner:  Obamacan




                Click here

In this contest, over 1,000 ads were
submitted and we saw many wonderful ads. Here is a full list of winners:

Overall winner: Obamacan by David Gaw and Lance Mungia

People’s Choice: They Said He Was Unprepared by Josh
Garrett

Funniest Ad: It
Could Happen To You
by Alexandra Barreto, Rider Strong, and Shiloh
Strong

Most Original: What We Can Draw From Obama by Reggie Schickel

Best Positive Message: Playground Politics by Diane Paragas

Can
you help us put the winning ad in front of voters nationwide? Click here to see
the ad and chip in:

http://www.moveon.org/r?r=3651&id=12645-9212395-KU9B75&t=3

From Moveon.org,

Thanks for all you do.


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In the mood to jam? Great video. This is a great song to get you fired up if you like Obama. The link is below.

http://www.andyfraser.com/obama08.html

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May the FORCE BE WITH YOU!!! Enjoy this short…

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