Post # 32
All presidents get mocked. It comes with the territory. This is no different. Just because Obama is black all of a sudden it’s a hate crime. The next white president will inevitably get mocked throughout his career and no one will care. It’s 2013 and time to let it go already.
Post # 33
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
Ummm…. wow. Given the extreme hyperbole in your post, I can see that this discussion is pointless. Carry on.
Post # 34
+1 to all your posts. Some people just don’t *want* to understand.
Post # 35
yeah I’m extreme and you are so passive
Post # 37
Er…I won’t comment since I have nothing nice to say about Missouri
Post # 38
What do you mean some people don’t *want* to understand? Understand what? That anything… literally ANYTHING that even remotely involves a minority, the race card gets pulled. Paula Deen admits to use the “N” word YEARS ago and is slammed with lawsuits and losing endorsements, yet AA rappers use it fluently in their music as if it’s some term of endearment. It’s not that white people don’t *want* to understand… we DON’T understand!
Post # 39
@MrsTillerResq: +100 Walmart pulled all her cook books off their shelves but still sell rappers’ c.d. that throw the n word around along with the c word and call women hos…ok so Paula Deen is the devil and masoganistic rappers using racial slurs are A ok, alright I got it
Post # 40
so so so true.
I honestly feel like these days, just being white is enough to “make me racist.”
Post # 41
agree. I don’t understand either and I’m not white.
Post # 42
this is going to sound extreme, but move awaY. Move to an enlightenEd part oF this country. If you feel uncomfortable in your surroundings then you will just feel alone andeventually get depressed. If someone tells me that I am telling you to give up or that I am suggesting that you become a coward and just drop the problem on the floor then they’re not being sympathetic to your needs. If you and your fiancé can get new jobs you will benefit greatly by living in CA, NY, CT or MA etc. when we surround ourselves with good people who care about others it makes a world of difference!
Post # 44
This is going to be an explosive thread…I can already tell.
No, being white does not make you racist. But to say that we are equal now and therefore every action is exactly the same regardless of who does it seems rather ignorant of the society we live in. As a white woman, me using the N word harkens back to a history of oppression, it is necessarily imbued with that meaning. When black people use it, it carries with it an entirely different set of social meanings. It’s reclaiming a term that had been used to strip black people of their humanity and therefore inserting a new sort of empowerment.
Many of the comments here seem to not quite understand white privilege. There are certain things that you are born into when you are white that give you privilege and advantage over non-whites. This privilege doesn’t make you inherently racist, but it’s important to recognize that these still exist. That it’s easier to find work, you are not approached with the same sorts of assumptions from people, stop and frisk. These are just some examples. If we want to be fully equal, we need to recognize that privilege still exists.
As for the rodeo, I am torn. I see the resemblance to blackface, but our photographer brought one of those masks to our wedding. If this is racist, and I could see how it could be, my guess is it wasn’t purposefully so…let’s just buy an Obama mask because they are everywhere.
I guess I’m more upset about the comments here…
Post # 45
@CrazyCatLady13: I agree with you completely, I live in Arkansas but this is something that could EASILY happen in my state as well.
This is what I came to say.
Additionally, even if there were ZERO racial overtones associated the whole display is just disgusting. Threatening to kill the president is not funny and it shouldn’t be joked at any event, let alone those that include children. Something tells me these people wouldn’t have done the same with Bill Clinton (although I’m willing to bet they would do something similar to Hilary if she were president). Let me clarify that I’m not putting down Missouri or any other Southern state (hell, I’m from Arkansas) but it just seems there’s this “group mentality” that we should all hate Obama for one of the three following reasons, he’s a. a muslim, b. a socialist, c. black but most of the time it’s all three. It’s fine to disagree with someone’s politics but please do it in an intelligent manner that doesn’t degrade either party with misinformation or threaten physical violence.
Also, I find that people who are “tired” of the race card being pulled are generally those who have lived a privledged enough life to not really experience racism. Sure, there are a few people who cry wolf (like women who claim rape when it was consensual) but racism still exists and no, people shouldn’t “get over it,” that’s like telling women to “get over” the wage gap because sexism doesn’t exist.
Post # 46
Umm I held the same viewpoint as you (she’s an older white woman, she doesn’t know any better, it was so long ago) until I found out she also wanted to hold a “plantation wedding” for her brother where all the servers were black and had to wear plantation era house-servant uniforms. “Maybe” she didn’t “mean” it to be racist maybe she did, either way wanting to have a wedding at a plantation and being served only by a black staff is racist. Perhaps you just missed that part of the headline.