I realize that it has been a good long while since I have wrote anything on Gather, so I decided to try to jump back into the swing of things.Â If you have ever read my other work, you know that I do not tend to shy away from controversial topics, and this topic is no different.Â I want to broach a subject that no one wants to honestly talk about, rather, people tend to use it as a weapon against others instead.Â What I am talking about is race relations in our country, and why we need to have open dialogue concerning them.
With the election underway, we are noticing an underlying new trend: which race is better.Â Mrs. Clinton is not playing up on race all that much, but is courting every minority group known to mankind to win the vote of the people.Â By playing the guardian of the weak, she is trying to be shown in the light of great protector, and thus, worthy of our vote.Â On the converse side, Mr. Obama is totally playing up on the race factor of the election, and only trying to openly court the African-American community. What this says to me, not being a member of this group, is that he could not represent me, or what influences me.Â On Mr. Obama's own church's website, the intro says: "We are a congregation which is Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian... Our roots in the Black religious experience and tradition are deep, lasting and permanent. We are an African people, and remain "true to our native land," the mother continent, the cradle of civilization. God has superintended our pilgrimage through the days of slavery, the days of segregation, and the long night of racism.Â It is God who gives us the strength and courage to continuously address injustice as a people, and as a congregation. We constantly affirm our trust in God through cultural expression of a Black worship service and ministries which address the Black Community."Â (link: http://www.tucc.org/about.htm)
Why would a candidate so diverse, so fair, so open, belong to such a racist church?Â In addition, why did he also say, ""The nation's only black senator, Barack Obama, D-Ill., asked voters at two black churches and at a Nashville rally to elect [Harold] Ford, a Democrat who is trying to become the first black senator from the South in more than 100 years. 'I know that all of you are going to work the next couple of days to make sure it happens, because I'm feeling lonely in Washington,' Obama said at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church. 'I need my dear friend to join me.' "--Associated Press, Nov. 5"Â
Another snippet says, "When asked about the (silly) "Are you black enough?" question on 60 Minutes, Senator Obama answered, "when I'm catching a cab, nobody's confused about that."Â In addition, his wife was quoted as saying: "When Mrs. Obama was asked if she is worried about his safety running for president, she answered, "as a black man, Barack can get shot going to the gas station."Â
For additional information on Mr. Obama and his use of race, check out http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/01/12/obama-camps-memo-on-clin_n_81205.html .Â
Seems that without fail, if you cannot win the "hearts and minds" of the people, turn the situation into a battle, and sit back and enjoy the ride.Â In addition, he continues on the tirade by attacking President Lincoln, saying, ""I cannot swallow whole the view of Lincoln as the Great Emancipator," Obama said. "As a law professor and civil rights lawyer and as an African-American, I am fully aware of his limited views on race. Anyone who actually reads the Emancipation Proclamation knows it was more a military document than a clarion call for justice."
Why Senator Obama feels the need to divde the nation, and attack everyone as a racist, while he himself contributes nothing new to the discussion is quite astounding.Â Maybe he should go back to school and learn two more words: bigot and hypocrite.Â
The thing that saddens me the most is I am a Democrat and very liberal person.Â Look through my previous work, as this speaks for itself.Â I think it is now safe to say that I am going to vote Republican in our election, as there is no Democrat of any calibre worth voting for.Â Our nation is in a sad state indeed.