Tuesday, September 16, 2008

"Race" For The Presidency - Part II

(You can read part one here, if you haven't already.)

In her op-ed piece from September 2, Fatimah Ali said this:

If McCain wins, look for a full-fledged race and class war, fueled by a deflated and depressed country, soaring crime, homelessness - and hopelessness!

These are her exact words. But now, she wants to try and tap dance her way out of them in today's follow-up column.

I stand by the column - but after all of that backlash, I realize I was dead wrong. We don't have to wait until after the election for a race war. We're in one now.

I know that putting the words "race" and "war" together is like hurling an incendiary device. But I wasn't issuing a call to arms, it was a metaphorical prediction.

As you may guess, this column generated some backlash. She goes on to give multiple examples of some pretty nasty responses, all of which are offensive and uncalled for, to say the least. And suffice it to say there are always going to be hateful people that are ugly and inappropriate, especially when one writes inappropriate material for human consumption. But nowhere does she give examples of those that take her words to task appropriately, with good cause.

Here some good responses to her race-baiting threats that she chose not to use, because they take her to task for her weak and faulty claims:

There is a lot of hyperbole going around here. Pols in both parties have benefited from this administration's policies. But I agree that the threat of a "race war" is over the top and I am sure the author regrets writing it and maybe should do a follow-up column apologizing. With friends like these, Obama needs no enemies.

Sorry I'm late to the discussion. I just got out of the soup line, and man...it was around the block. See if you can spot all of the Democratic talking points in this story...Whoo boy!! I think she hit them all: The Republicans have "brutalized the economy" (which actually grew by 3.3% last quarter, still no sign of the long-promised recession)If the Republicans win, the race struggles will continue, but Obama can unite us all. This lady has seen (and bought into) too many movies. Remember when Clinton was in the White House, and a 5.5% unemployment rate was seen as good news? How amazing is it that 8 years later that same unemployment rate is the indicator of how far this country has fallen. Hypocrisy, thy name is Fatimah Ali.

This may be one of the most ignorant articles I have ever read and I am considering stopping my print subscriptions. Taxing the hell out of the wealthy corporations will do nothing but drive more jobs overseas.Second, you have to remember the top 1% of wealthy people pay 27 times the national average in taxes. These people pay more than enough. Obama would bring in nothing but a semi-communist regime.

This is probably the most radical and overtly disgusting op-ed I have EVER read in my life!

all out race war if obama loses? what have we learned about the author from previous columns? she's a 'black' woman who lives in an all white neighborhood, who's greatest fear is that her son will be killed by white policemen. (her words, not mine) she won't live among fellow blacks, but sees herself as their spokeswoman. who's side does she take in the upcoming 'race war', the people she looks like, but is too good to live among, or the one's she chosen to call 'neighbors'? lol.

Of course there will be race and class wars...because this election is built on race, not who is better to serve this country. And if obama doesnt win, then people will riot of course because thats what they always do. Guess what, i know people who are close to foreclosure and unemployed, and guess whats going to happen if Obama wins...absolutely nothing, are my friends going to get their house back and a good job...no they arent..you know why there is soaring crime, because kids arent going to school (i.e. detroit has a 12% high school graduation rate), and illegal immigrants are committing crimes all across the country and nobody is doing anything about it. Is it George Bush's fault kids arent going to high school? No its not, people need to quit pointing the finger at politicians and take a little responsibility for whats going on...

I could go on and on, the entire comment section is full of comments that address her irresponsible prose and most of them are not racist, but honest opinions of why the commenters think her words are divisive and flat-out wrong. They are no more offensive than the columnist's own words.

I see it like this:

The accepted establishment of black elitists are behind a black man with corrupt Chicago roots and if the rest of the country fails to elect him President, it's evidence (in their narrow world) that America is a racist nation. Furthermore, that very same establishment is already planting seeds of discord among the many disaffected black people that have been kept down - not by "whitey" - but by those that need them kept down so they can get votes or some other secondary gain as a result.

Fatimah Ali appears to be just one member of that group. She probably would not have any audience at all, if there were no Jesse Jacksons, Al Sharptons, or other national race baiters that seek to use every perceived injustice as a means to justify their own existences.

Despicable, they are. But even more troubling, it says they want a race war if Obama loses.

Never mind that Obama is not a mainstream Democrat, nor is he one that will do all of the miraculous things we are being led to believe he will do, if elected. Never mind that many people feel he is too inexperienced, too much of a proponent of class warfare, and too much of a tax and spend liberal, America is racist if they refuse to buy into his deceptions and facades, because the candidate is a black man.

If Bill Cosby were running for President, I'd seriously give him a look. But make no mistake, based on some of the speeches he has given over the years, I would be willing to bet that he would NOT be embraced by Ms. Ali and her fellow race-based rhetoric producing peers. In their clique, there is only a certain kind of black person that is fit to represent, and one who talks anything about personal responsibility does not meet the criteria.


Greg said...

On the one hand, this reminds me of the typical rhetoric you here from partisan hacks: if the other guy wins, it's going to be the end of the world. Four years ago, a colleague of mine told me if GWB was re-elected, abortion would become de facto illegal. I laughed. Some guy (actually more than one) on Superfrenchie has been arguing that Palin & McCain would turn America into a fascist state resembling the Taliban's Afghanistan.

On the other hand, I am a little concerned about what some Obama supporters would do if he lost. People are obviously emotionally invested in this guy to point of deifying him. Obama '08 is like a cult, and we know what cults can do....

LASunsett said...

//Some guy (actually more than one) on Superfrenchie has been arguing that Palin & McCain would turn America into a fascist state resembling the Taliban's Afghanistan.//

No doubt they are the same ones that said the US could not win in Iraq.

Greg said...

No doubt they are the same ones that said the US could not win in Iraq.

Yes. Or Afghanistan, coincidentally. I think they think we need to stop fighting the Taliban over there so that we can fight the Taliban (Sarah Palin) over here. These folks aren't exactly brimming over with logic....

Anonymous said...

Good men, like Cosby, would never lower themselves to run for high office. Before Palin (B.P.), I had hopes that Michael Steele might find his way onto McCain's short list for VP; after the hatchet job Schumer did on Steele, however, I'm not sure he'd even accept another high political post.

I found this excellent article a few days back; you may find it interesting. I have no doubt that there will be racial disturbances if Obama loses. It is how uncivilized people react to political processes they cannot control. That’s okay – I’m well armed.