Middle class blacks are not going to vote for Clinton

Using racial fears to win

...is supporting systemic racism. Having this issue in the news so much, has an impact on people's lives. I'm a black person who spends most of her time with white people-- there is tension and I feel second guessed. I invited a friend to my church for Easter and they turned me down, I think they were scared it'd be like Wright's church or something-- Not that Wright's church is really "scary" --I'd go there, but some white people think it's scary. And that is simply NOT TRUE.

If Hillary wins this way I don't think there is anything she can do to "make up for it" --Black people are speaking out about the relentless smearing, but white people, won't trust the message unless they hear it from white people too.

Clinton could have stopped all of this and made the issue go away-- she could have won some of the progressive vote for doing it too. She could have been so NOBEL and amazing. Just think about the message it could have sent to the country!

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On Race: Obama versus (Bill) Clinton (hint: they agree!)

Just now watching a replay of Meet the Press where Russert, Eugene Robinson, Jon Meacham, Chuck Todd, and Peggy Noonan are discussing Senator Obama's speech on race. It recalls to mind an old speech of Bill Clinton's I recently read which was very striking for one reason in particular.

The reason? It's remarkably similar to Senator Obama's speech.

It's become pro-forma for Obama supporters (and journalists) to accuse Bill Clinton of all variants of racism, prejudice, and cynicism. It's also become standard for defenders of Bill Clinton and supporters of Hillary Clinton to ignore the quite strong similarities between Clinton and Obama's world views.

Maybe it's time for detente.

Below are key excerpts and links to both speeches.

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Typical White Guy and my enduring prejudice

I'm guilty.  String me up on the nearest tree.

This typical, Jewish white guy who has never voted for anything but democrats.  This white guy who's first campaign was George McGovern in 1972.  This white guy boomer who fought against Vietnam and marched alongside all sorts of humans.  This white guy who in the first "Student Strike" was the first one in the ROTC building at ASU.  This fat Jew kid, white guy, democrat from a very lily white state has one serious prejudice that I cannot break.

I really, really don't trust, don't like and quite frankly run the other way whenever I'm near a Republican.

There I said it.  I am prejudiced against Republicans.

Can Obama cure me of my hate?

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How Democrats Win The White House

Democrats can win the White House, IF they get the majority of electoral votes.  Each state is assigned a number of electoral college votes, based on population.

'Blue' states are ones that commonly vote democratic.  'Red' states commonly vote Republican.  'Purple' states, also known as 'swing states', can be one by either party.  Purple states are the ones that each party wants to win to put them 'over the top'.

The way democrats can win the White House is to win all of our 'blue' states and as many of the 'purple' states as possible.  So, just as in any sporting event, you want to put your best player out there to win you as many points as possible.  Well, Hillary is that winner, and I have the figures to prove it........

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Getting Rid of Whiteness?

Wanted to share this provocative post from the Movement Vision Lab blog by Dan Horowitz Garcia entitled, "Get Whitey!  A 21st Century Racial Justice Agenda".

Horowitz Garcia argues that whiteness is the main glue that holds the United States together, allowing the perpetuation of economic inequality not only for people of color but poor and working class white folks, too.  

How do we achieve equality and justice in the United States?

The key is to abolish whiteness, to end a political category that gives privilege to one group at the expense of others.

But rather than abolishing the politically-laden category of whiteness and transforming the many, many institutions that perpetuate hierarchy based on race -- from police to public schools -- Horowitz Garcia argues that in many cases, we actually reinforce white supremacy in institutions.  For instance, he uses the example of calling for new hate crimes laws in the wake of Jena, LA -- in the attempt to vindicate a racially profiled young man of color, demanding to expand the criminal justice system that spends most of its energy racially profiling young men of color.

As a white girl, I found this piece provocative.  What is whiteness, beyond skin color?  What does it mean in society?  And how do we move toward a vision where whiteness doesn't have exclusive power and privilege over others?  What do you think?

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