Sunday, October 5, 2008

C.H.A.N.G.E --Beyond the Pale

Do people still want to keep talking about how this election is not about race? You want to argue that opposition to Barack Obama is based solely on opposition to his policies, not on the color of his skin? Do you really believe that if the election were held today Barack Obama would win by 5.9% of the popular vote as Real Clear Politics predicts? Or are you more inclined to believe CBS news's poll putting him 9 points ahead?

Want to know the truth?

Barack Obama is tied. Race is an issue. The results will be much narrower than any pollster predicts...because Barack Obama is black. Just like in New Hampshire this year, and as has happened to Jesse Jackson, David Dinkins, and Harold Washington, the American people will show that they want to think that they'd vote for a Black man, but end up finding a reason not to at the end. (Sorry for sucking the hope out of the room).

Christian Progressive Liberal at
Jack and Jill politics
has a story about C.H.A.N.G.E that exemplifies this point better than anything I could bring you. (I don't think that the man in question claims to be an Obama supporter, but I think that there are many people like him who are slightly more sophisticated but harbor the same demons).

This is beyond the pale. Some dumb-ass schooteacher in Florida has stolen Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign slogan and put his own interpretation on it. From TV station WJHG, just out of Tallahassee:

The day went as usual at Marianna Middle School, but one thing is different: 7th grade teacher and coach Greg Howard is no longer an employee. He was suspended without pay for 10 days starting Thursday for making racial slurs at presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Our source told us Howard asked his students what “change” stood for and proceeded to write out the acronym “change”- come help a n(word) get elected. (emphasis mine)

Jackson County’s Deputy School superintendent says he’s received conflicting reports, but he can confirm change and the n-word were used.

JJP readers, Greg Howard teaches 7th grade. 7TH GRADE!!! WTF? This junior high school-version of Rush Limbaugh teaches middle school kids and decided he’d get his Ferraro on in the classroom, probably thinking because he’s a teacher, a coach and defacto authority figure, the kids in his class wouldn’t notice or snitch on his ass. As usual, when caught, yahoos like this bigoted bozo just get suspended from the job and required to attend diversity and sensitivity training as punishment:

He was suspended without pay for 10 days starting Thursday…Howard is being transferred to the Jackson County Adult Education Program and some parents say that’s not enough.

He’s still in the school system, y’all.

CPL goes on to discuss the importance of zero tolerance to such acts of intimidation and hatred. I highly recommend the full article. The point that I bring is that the last thing ANY of us can afford to do is become complacent.

It's awesome that Obama has reigned on top of the polls, and it's great that the American people seem to be consolidated around the idea of an Obama presidency. This campaign is FAR from signed, sealed and delivered. Remember C.H.A.N.G.E., remember those Americans who will change their minds in the booth, remember those who will claim that Obama has no mandate if he does not win in a landslide. Let's not make this close. Election day is way too soon!

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