America, I appologize for my fellow South Siders

Oh boy. It seems fairly evident that after today, Rev. Wright's desire for the spotlight is going to become the major problem for the Obama campaign going into the Indiana primary and the North Carolina primary.

I hope the damage he will do to the Obama campaign will serve as a lesson to Midwestern African-American and Latino communities who have still not learned that racially fueled rage is counterproductive to 'our' economic and social advancement as 13% and approaching 24% of the U.S. population. While this rage it is certainly something that ANYONE who has ever been 'othered' whether that be because of weight, race, accent or disability can relate to, as Wright's big mouth tanking is proving, it doesn't get 'us' anywhere.

As a native South Sider, I want to apologize to all of the people who put their political faith and volunteer time in the Obama campaign. My fellow South Siders should be going to counseling instead of appearing before the National Press Club.

Growing up in what is one of the most segregated environs in the U.S., I certainly had my share of harrowing racial experiences, such as having my hair lit on fire in the middle of an English class, simply because of my race. I've been beat up in the basement of the Rock and Roll McDonald's by drunk Chicago Police officers who kicked me until I told them "I'm just another nigger" after they found my college ID in my wallet. Yes, I've had plenty of polarizing experiences but I do not let them define me or my relationships with white people. Grown ups get over things, put them in perspective and move on.

I left Chicago because I found the demands by my community to be angry and defiant. These demands would end in social isolation if one, as a man of color, didn't conform to this strange social norm: and yes it is strange in present day America. Nearly the entire Midwest is like this.One activist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Sara Tibebu even pressed false charges against me, telling police I was going to kidnap her (even though I do not have a car), and tried to get me kicked out of school because I refused to participate in that culture on the UW Madison campus. I was going to a top 50 University, what did I have to be angry about?

To the rest of my fellow Democrats of all races, I apologize for what this is doing to the party. Those who are the ilk of Rev. Wright, Rev. James Meeks and all the other rage filled creeps are only one, small faction of the Obama coalition. I don't believe Senator Obama, being a transplant, knew how insane these people could be. I mean that sincerely.

I hope the process of all you angry, angry people in the Midwest - angry as you go to good schools and drive luxury automobiles - totally ruining this thing for Senator Obama will serve as a lesson to all of you about what rage does when it is figured into  into equation for the velocity of hope.

These rage-filled people have held an iron-fist grip on the world of inner city activism. I hope that after what they did to Obama, this late in the campaign, they are driven from the fold of the Democratic Party forever. They have hurt us as a party for too many years with their counterproductive views mixed with a crabs-in-a-barrel mentality.

The Clintons' are also at fault for having not purged this cadre back in the 1990's then working to replace them with new leadership.

Maybe Nader will embrace them, he seems to be into pointless rage these days.

I am truly embarrassed for my side of the Windy City. Maybe those of us on the left need to stop avoiding the concept of a Black and Latino political class.

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Re: America, I appologize for my

I noticed it is white people who are really offended by what Wright said.  Truth hurts sometimes

by obamaforprez 2008-04-28 04:18PM | 0 recs
You are so far overboard here

by aurelius 2008-04-28 05:46PM | 0 recs
I'm not white and I find him OFFENSIVE.

by LatinoVoter 2008-04-28 04:30PM | 0 recs
Re: I'm not white and I find him OFFENSIVE.

of course you do, I am not suprised

by obamaforprez 2008-04-28 04:31PM | 0 recs
Your point is?????

by aurelius 2008-04-28 05:50PM | 0 recs
Re: America, I appologize for my fellow South Side

What the hell did he say today that was wrong?

by CardBoard 2008-04-28 04:36PM | 0 recs
Ugh.

Those experiences you had sound horrible. I'm glad you made it through them.

How long ago did that incident with the Chicago Police happen?

by OrangeFur 2008-04-28 04:50PM | 0 recs
WOW

I am sorry you had such a bad experience.

I lived near Damen/Western and things have been getting better every year.

I worked near Midway, and the same thing goes there.

I do admit that the 'wild hundreds' can be rough . . . but I think that Chicago has been steadily improving over the last 5 years.

The only complaint I have is that the Community High Schools have been sucked of their talent by the big magnets like Payton and Whitney Young.

by Veteran75 2008-04-28 05:01PM | 0 recs
Re: WOW

I meant on Madison between Damen & Western.

by Veteran75 2008-04-28 05:10PM | 0 recs
This South Sider says save it.

by heresjohnny 2008-04-28 05:16PM | 0 recs
Re: This South Sider says save it.

It sucks to get called out for what you are, doesn't it?

by switching sides 2008-04-28 10:26PM | 0 recs
Re: America, I appologize for my fellow South Side

Racism is still an open sore in this country.  If there is anything that the Obama campaign has made me aware of, it is the need for our country to start moving forward on these issues, to resolve them and come together as a nation.

Unfortunately, the Obama campaign has behaved with a sinister strategy of doublespeak on this issue.  They have vilified some of the most progressive politicians in this country, and I believe it honestly when I say that Geraldine Ferraro and Bill Clinton have done more to actually help the African-American community in this country than Barack Obama ever has.

Race is an unresolved issue, but Barack Obama's campaign has exploited it more than it has done anything to resolve it.  These are not the people to be leading a new national discussion on race; in their hands, this issue could alienate Democrats and Democratic causes from the mainstream for decades.

by hornplayer 2008-04-28 05:48PM | 0 recs
Thanks

For your thoughtful diary.  I hope one day we get beyond all this.  I'm for one am worn out with it.  I agree with you that BHO probably does not share the views of Wright et al, and didn't realize all that he was aligning himself with.  He seems to be a thoughful and intelligent man.  Hopefully we can get through this election and have a democrat in the White House.  I don't know if that is possible at this point.  Perhaps we have torn our party too far asunder.  

by aurelius 2008-04-28 05:57PM | 0 recs
Re: America, I appologize for my fellow South Side

I'm sure glad your not "bitter" about it;

Racism still exist in our society today; but what is wrong about the race card issue is that some people are "barking at the wrong tree".

The Clintons were not racist, on the contrary they helped the AA community during Bill's Presidency.
There was economic boom during those years.

So Hillary is married to a philandering husband; they didn't hurt anyone except themselves.  Chelsea Clinton was right when she said; "It's not our business."

My point is; we don't have a perfect candidate, but we have to choose the best one, and the more experience one.  Obama is not the one...

Hillary is the one!  Vote for Hillary!

by SHIBAM8P 2008-04-28 06:31PM | 0 recs
Re: America, I appologize for my fellow South Side

Rather uncool to name names, even though you misspelled Sara's last name.

by aggieric 2008-04-28 07:07PM | 0 recs
Re: America, I appologize for my fellow South Side

I found it rather cool.

Those who use these tactics should be named.

by switching sides 2008-04-28 10:29PM | 0 recs
Re: America,

What Wright and others say about racism is not so much about the individual racism which has been on a steady decline since reconstruction, but rather the institutional racism that exists in this country and which many people still fail to recognize.

by shalca 2008-04-28 08:14PM | 0 recs

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