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Old 01-20-2009, 09:29 PM   #1
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If one's race truly isn't an issue....

I'd like to present a question and receive honest, heartfelt, open minded answers or comments.

I did not vote for Obama nor did I want to vote for John McCain. So, know that as you read my question/statements. However I do support President Obama as my President and wish him well. And I was truly moved by today's events although I am on every Inaugaration Day as it is a stark reminder of the freedom we have here and the men and women who have served, in the military or privately and publicly, to secure and bring about such a day as today. It is truly a remarkable event.

Saying that, my question for you is philosophical and hopefully you find it logical. If race is not an issue - as I don't believe it should be - why is it important that President Obama is the first black President? At first, you might be astounded that I ask such a question but really...other than what I believe to be small sects of the American population (white supremacist ignorant wackjobs, etc.) I truly believe racism in the mainstream to be dead and it's obvioius to me that we are all equal and have been treated equally for years, white, black, whatever.

Am I being naive? It just seems race is being brought to the forefront when it shouldn't be. President Obama earned his chance to be President and I don't think his race should be brought up at all...if race shouldn't be an issue.

Thoughts?
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because we have a long history of legally sanctioned discrimination on the basis of race that reverberates to this day.

it's a victory for all of us when people from traditionally marginalized groups succeed. just a generation ago, they would never have succeeded because of their race.
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it's obvioius to me that we are all equal and have been treated equally for years, white, black, whatever.
Are you white?
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Old 01-20-2009, 09:36 PM   #4
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I don't think racism had died in the mainstream. It's just more subtle these days than it used to be. What is important about today is hopefully we are taking a big step to ensuring that one day (not tomorrow, maybe years from now) that racism will indeed die in the mainstream.
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Slavery ended in 1865

We took care of Civil Rights in 1968

why are we still talking about race?

with the election of Obama
the conversation should be permanently closed.

Do some still want to use race for leverage and advantage?
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Are you white?
Yeah, my though exactly.

Race IS always an issue. It doesn't mean that's how we have to vote, but it is still an issue...
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because we have a long history of legally sanctioned discrimination on the basis of race that reverberates to this day.

it's a victory for all of us when people from traditionally marginalized groups succeed. just a generation ago, they would never have succeeded because of their race.

Well, of course, that is the obvious answer. And I do agree with you. I suppose at the heart of it, I long for a day when it's no longer an issue at all.
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why not address the question?

instead of deflecting to the race of the questioner?
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why not address the question?

instead of deflecting to the race of the questioner?
Because I think it's a question built on a false premise.

If somebody asked me, "Why is the sky green?" how should that be answered?
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why not address the question?
OK...

"I truly believe racism in the mainstream to be dead and it's obvioius to me that we are all equal and have been treated equally for years, white, black, whatever. Am I being naive?"

....yes.
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Well, of course, that is the obvious answer. And I do agree with you. I suppose at the heart of it, I long for a day when it's no longer an issue at all.

Obama's election will help us do that, but race will never go away.
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I'd say that even if one believes that race is not an issue, the election of the country's first black President is vastly important because the country has not proven that race is not important. This is a massive step in the right direction.
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one way in which race matters ...


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Go to Mississippi and ask anyone down there if race isn't an issue.

Anyone.
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Old 01-20-2009, 09:55 PM   #15
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Go to Mississippi and ask anyone down there if race isn't an issue.

Anyone.
Are there people in Mississippi that have an IQ over 35? If so, I'd like to meet one.
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