Monday, May 19, 2008

The Struggle of Racism : Obama says "Lay off my Wife"

In the ongoing struggle to recover as a nation from Racism and all of it's misunderstandings, we are whitnessing ongoing evidence that White people do not understand Black People. Mike Malloy made this statement on air just the other day; a Rare moment in America, when a White male comments on the White race in a manner that is True - and Not Racist, or Hate filled; We saw this with the remarks of Rev. Wright, how so many whites reacted to his statements, calling them hate filled, and racist; All he was doing was sharing the black perspective; and the same goes for Michelle Obama - I'll let you read the story; Click the link there is a video of the interview available - watch it, and my comments are below.

Obama tells Tenn.'s GOP: 'Lay off my wife'

Mon May 19, 7:58 AM ET

Democrat Barack Obama has a message for Tennessee's Republican Party: "Lay off my wife."

Obama, his party's presidential front-runner, and his wife, Michelle, were asked in an interview aired Monday on ABC's "Good Morning America" about an online video last week by the state's GOP taking her to task for a comment some considered unpatriotic.

"The GOP, should I be the nominee, can say whatever they want to say about me, my track record," Obama said. "If they think that they're going to try to make Michelle an issue in this campaign, they should be careful because that I find unacceptable, the notion that you start attacking my wife or my family."

He called the strategy "low class."

The video, posted on YouTube, centered on remarks Michelle Obama made while campaigning in Wisconsin last February, when she said: "For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country."

The four-minute video replayed the remark six times, interspersing it with commentary by Tennesseans on why they are proud of America. In a news release that included a link to the video, Tennessee's GOP said "the Tennessee Republican Party has always been proud of America." It urged radio stations to play "patriotic music" during Michelle Obama's visit to Nashville last Thursday.

Michelle Obama later clarified the remark, saying she meant she was proud of how Americans were engaging in the political process and that she had always been proud of her country.

"Whoever is in charge of the Tennessee GOP needs to think long and hard about the kind of campaign they want to run, and I think that's true for everybody, Democrat or Republican," Obama said in the ABC interview, adding: "These folks should lay off my wife."

Obama said his wife "loves this country. For them to try to distort or to play snippets of her remarks in ways that are unflattering to her is, I think, just low class. I think that most of the American people would think that as well."

Tennessee's Republican Party was roundly criticized in March, including by likely presidential nominee John McCain, for a news release that used Barack Obama's middle name — Hussein — and showed a photo of him wearing what it said was "Muslim attire."

The release ultimately was removed from the party's Web site at the urging of the state's two Republican senators and Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan, who said he "rejects these kinds of campaign tactics."

When Michelle states that she was finally proud of her country, and the GOP makes a video responding with 'i've always been proud' - they are not taking into account the black experience.

It baffles me, the sheer numbers of whites, who fully expect black people to absolutely LOVE everything about America; who are shocked if a black person has any complaints whatsoever about this country.

What planet do these people live on? Have they forgotten what this country has done to black people for 400 years?? I know they want black people to forget; They want black people to pretend that racism is no longer with us - even though plenty of black people still experience racism on a daily basis; what is wrong with these people that they fail to see the need for us to work together to make this country something that All Americans Can truly be proud of? Do they not get that in order to get there, this racism thing MUST END.

White people MUST make the effort to change their culture; and specifically how their culture views black people - treats black people - and (how they view/treat) issues that effect black people.

I know this is a shock to many whites; but black people do not trust them; Not enough has been done to Show black people that the white race has changed; So, when Michelle Obama made that remark, rather than take offense to it - how about recognize the comment for what it was - the opportunity to find out just what could make Other black people, Proud of this country.

What can be done?

What Needs to be done?

These are the types of questions that beg to be asked; If we don't ask the right questions we will never get the right answers.

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