Friday, October 17, 2008

This is Scary!!

Ok, so I've tried to keep my personal political views off this blog but after seeing this I had to post it. This was emailed to me from the Color of Change organization that helps to promote the political and social status of African Americans. After watching these videos I got a real sickening feeling. I know that racism exists in this country and I guess because I don't see it first hand very often, when I do see things like this I am shocked. It scares me to think that if McCain wins, it's because of people like this. It also scares me to think if Obama wins, what these people would do to him and to others considered less favorable in their eyes. Most of all, it scares and disgusts me at the reality that someday my son will have to deal with such people.

Please click on the link to see the videos.

Dear Friend,
John McCain and Sarah Palin have stopped talking about the issues, and have instead launched a strategy relying on fear-mongering, racial divisions, and hate. The result is McCain/Palin supporters saying "kill him!" "terrorist!" "traitor," and more, at rallies, with the McCain campaign playing dumb in response.It's outrageous and it must stop.
Together, we can show that Americans of all races won't stand for this.
I've signed onto ColorofChange's open-letter calling out McCain and Palin. will publish it this week, and as they've shown in the past, when enough of us stand together, we can force the mainstream media to amplify our message. Will you join us?
McCain-Palin rallies have started to look more like mob scenes than political events. The candidates keep asking "who is the real Barack Obama?" (a question that also kicks off almost every McCain television ad).In response, supporters have yelled "terrorist!" and "traitor!" And the venom goes beyond Obama--one McCain/Palin supporter shouted a racial epithet at a Black member of a news crew, saying "sit down, boy."
McCain and Palin are going down a dangerous path. Watching some of their supporters being interviewed shows the kind of fear their campaign is stoking and exploiting.McCain and Palin are clearly in the driver's seat. They've personally made it a point to use "terrorist" and "Obama" in the same sentence; they have surrogates repeatedly refer to him by his middle-name;and they keep pushing the discredited guilt-by-association smears that have long been debunked.
All of it plays on the much more sinister rumors in anonymous smear emails which claim Obama is Muslim (a myth designed to tap into anti-Muslim bigotry), anti-American, and is somehow connected with terrorists. This strategy is powerful because Obama is Black, and it's designed to make Obama's race a disadvantage without appearing overtly racist.
As Americans of all stripes, we've seen how Barack Obama's historic candidacy has moved our friends and family to have a more honest conversation about race in this country. It's inspired a lot of people to step out of their comfort zone and confront racism in their own communities, with their friends, neighbors and families.
In the final days of this campaign, we can't let a desperate John McCain and Sarah Palin drag us down. If enough of us act, we can create a powerful story in the media about Black people and our allies of all races standing together against race-baiting and fear-mongering coming from the McCain/Palin campaign. But it will take a lot of us speaking in unison.
Will you sign an open letter to McCain and Palin, telling them who you are and why you won't let them move our country backward? will publish the letter and make sure John McCain is forced to respond.


In other news, I was very saddened to learn today that one of my former students was tragically killed in a car accident last weekend. Caleb was only 20 years old, and serving his country in the Navy. He was driving home for the weekend to visit his family and drove his truck into oncoming traffic. He was killed instantly. Many students have crossed my path over the years and unfortunately I don't remember them all. Caleb was one of the unforgettable ones. Even though he wasn't the best student and often liked to challenge me, he had a really great heart. Please send your thoughts and prayers to the Manning family as they deal with the loss of their youngest.

And yes, I have been tagged three times now! I promise that will be my next post!


Lisa said...

Sorry to hear about your former student. Terrible news all around!

RossVix said...


As a teacher I want you to know that I share the grief one feels at losing a student. We connect to many of our kids in profound and emotional levels. The loss of a student (even a student we had years ago) is a loss that goes beyond words. It is a felt sense, a sorrow that I share with you. I am so sorry for your loss.

As for the other news - I share your fear and loathing for what I see happening in the political scene. I have seen a lot of dirty mud-slinging and underhanded tactics in the grab for president, but this year marks on all time low.

Los Cazadores said...

I share your sentiment regarding some of McCain's supporters - I hope the racists and xenophobes are on the fringe though and do not comprise most of his support.

I think we all must be prepared for that sort and work towards the goal of everyone being seen as part of the human race worldwide, but especially in this country.
Scary, indeed.

I am very sorry for the loss of your student.