Time to counter hate and intolerance

Today, Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin are speaking at the same place Martin Luther King gave his historic speech. Meanwhile, the continued elevated controversy over the so called “ground-zero mosque” is evidence little has changed since 9/11. Time to counter hate and intolerance.

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A confession...............

A Confession--I started the primary election not sure who I was going to vote for between Clinton and Obama. After watching and reading, I became one of those die hard Obama supporters that started to get offended as the primary went along toward some Clinton supporters.  As an African American female, I got so upset by the mean things said by some of Clinton's supporters toward Obama and blacks. I am not talking about this site in particular but in places all over the net.

1. Blacks were voting based on race not on policy.

  1. Sexism is worse than racism (They are both bad and as woman of color, I hate both).
  2. Blacks were ungrateful to the Clintons.
  3. Integration is okay but not black domination (which electing Barack president would cause these people felt?  I guess this is like some sports thing.  Blacks in football, basketball etc. what a stupid reason.)

I will not finish the list. Due to the above comments, I unplugged from the process because it became hurtful to me as a black woman.  Most blacks love this country and although we have thick skin to slights, it can sometimes be sad...  Anyway, I came to believe that I would never vote for Senator Clinton (a Democrat, like me) because of things that some of her supporters said that really made me feel like I had picked the wrong party.  Not that I would ever be a Republican... I was just stuck.

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Who Are You?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63OHMLf9w Uc

As a white male I recognize the importance it is to have an identity as a human being. Malcolm X is a man I highly admire, and he discussed how black people were forced over here from Africa. He acknowledged that black people in America were Africans trapped in America who were never given rights as a human being. In this video he questions who are you? He says that black peoples last names are not Jones or Smith because that was their slavemaster's last name. He brings to light the struggles that black people had to endure to the point that they do not know where they came from. I believe that the more we understand each other then the more open society can be about things that people are uncomfortable to discuss. People become uncomfortable to talk about race, politics, or any personal matters with people they do not know well. If we can understand different cultures, environments, and the mind of each person then I believe we can realize our identity as human beings.

Many white people do not even know the name Malcolm X. This is just one of many barriers that separates people. Many white people do not seek to understand a non-white culture; they feel too comfortable with their own people. Sadly, my recognition towards the struggles and knowledge of the black community is higher than most white people. This is why I advocate for affirmative action because we need a balanced field in the workplace and in society. People do not know enough about each other and we must be more diverse. The reason affirmative action must be implemented is to help fight racism and not leave people behind. We do not have an equal society and until we reach that point then we need to have things such as affirmative action.

I want to raise the bar for white people to acknowledge the non-white communities. Being around people you hang with everyday will not expand the dimension of your mind to understand people. It is important for the U.S. to not be colorblind because it means that they are blind towards people of color. Small towns and cities are on the opposite sides of life that creates a miscommunication amongst each other. When you are around more people then you get a larger impression about society in which you live. I ask to understand people from all walks of life where you understand the thought in rural and city America. We must identify each other as human beings in a society that will work for all of us regardless where we come from and to help heal any negativity which may exist between one another.

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Obama as a Rorschach's Test and his use of language

Quick! "Universal healthcare." Define it for me.  How about defining what "is" means. Or "diplomacy." Better yet, define the word "secular" for me. How about "people of faith" or "civil union." What does "consensus" mean or "socialist?" What does "poverty" mean in this country?

David Mizner has a great diary up right now about how Obama's use of language is misleading. In his diary, he hits on three important elements of politics: a) language; b) character; and c) strategy.  Rather than rehash the arguments here I wish to talk about language.

When I say language, I mean how we define things. When I say define things I mean "to state or set forth the meaning of" and "to explain or identify the nature or essential qualities of." Without commonly understood language that is well defined there can be no real discourse, civil or otherwise. This isn't a theory. This is human existence. If you don't believe me, find one example in which understanding each other in a society isn't crucial. Of all our qualities as a species it is language, which has allowed progress.

For example, when I say "secular" I mean according to the following definition found on dictionary.com: Not specifically relating to religion or to a religious body. There is nothing anti-religious about being secular.

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