Tired of the “Race Card”

I am so sick of being called a racist because I’m not blithely following the Hollywood parade to elect Barrack Obama. Just because I’m white means the only possible reason I can have for not voting Obama is because he is black? What about the fact that is is Pro- Abortion, or wants to universalize health care? Am I supposed to ignore the fact that he wants to “spread the wealth around”, and raise taxes while our economy is so troubled, because he is black? Am I supposed to forget that he wants to weaken our military during dangerous times for our country, and instead of defending us, go to the very leaders that hate us soo much, and have a chat? Is being a black person a free ticket to the Oval Office, or am I supposed to vote for someone based on how well they represent me and my personal and political beliefs?

Because Obama is black he has gotten handled with kid gloves (the only time Ican remember agreeing with Hillary Clinton), his past associations with people like Tony Rezko, Bill Ayers, and others of the corrupt Chicago political scene, have been ignored by the media in an effort to promote a man with no qualifications for the office of President other than the color of his skin.

People, especially those who are a minority, forget that racism goes both ways. If I am a racist for not voting for Obama because he is black, they they are racists for voting Obama because he is black too! Isn’t that the whole message of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech? That one day men would be judged solely on the content of their character, with complete disregard to the color of their skin.

I have a theory, that racism and sexism are basically the same things- both of them hinge on judgements based on physical attributes that a person is born with, and ascribe certain stereotypes to those who have those attributes. For blacks, it is common to have them depicted as ignorant, thuggish, and violent. For women, it is normally that we are stupid, only here for the pleasure of men, and incapable of doing anything on our own. History has shown the similarities of the Civil Rights Movement and Women’s Suffrage- in fact, most people do not realize that black men got the right to vote and own land before white women did. Women in that age and time were just as much property of their husbands as slaves were.

So expounding on this theory, that racism and sexism are one in the same, and that if the only reason to not vote Obama is his race, then it must follow that the only reason for not voting for Hillary Clinton must be the fact that she is a woman. Obviously, given the fact that I am a woman and consider myself a feminist- I am not sexist in my decision not to vote for Hillary. On the same note though, I am not voting for the McCain/ Palin ticket because Palin is a woman either. It is great that she is a woman to be sure, but its not for that reason that I plan on voting for her and John McCain- its because she (they) stand for everything I believe in. They are Pro-Life, Pro-Family, they are fiscal conservatives, devoted to reforming both parties, and more concerned with what is beast for the people of this great nation, than popularity and praise.

It is preposterous for anyone to claim that everyone should vote for Obama because he is black, and even more preposterous to assume that if he was white with the same positions and beliefs he would have overwhelming support. Who are these accusers to tell me that race is more important when voting than the issues? Why should I be called a racist for not agreeing with Obama on ANY issue? I believe that it is just as racist to vote for someone because of their color, as it is not NOT vote for someone because of their color. If my only reason to not vote for Obama is his race, then theirs is his race as well- therefore, if you call me a racist… you are calling yourself a racist as well my friend.

 

Is this what not being a racist means?

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I Have A Dream…

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the
content of their character
.

It seems to me that this much quoted phrase has been flipped on its head by Barrack Obama and his many supporters. Let me be understood- many people are voting for him, not because they agree with his policies and positions, but rather because they want a black man to be President. This is racist- just as racist as not voting for someone because of the color of his skin. Martin Luther King’s dream has to go both ways, and in this instance, I must say that does not.
The same thing comes to mind with Hillary Clinton- a lot of women voted for her simply because she is a woman- but that too is wrong. It is sexist… they would have a fit if a man said they would not vote for her because she was a woman, yet they use the same sexist reasoning when casting their ballot.
I am a woman… yet I do not feel that society owes me any debt because women in the past were not allowed to vote, own property, or hold a job. In fact, a much ignored fact is that African American men were allowed to vote before women. But the point is not that it happened along time ago. The point is that it is not happening now- yet so many people still dwell on it.
Whether you are a woman or an African American… practice what you preach. Don’t be racist, or sexist. And if the argument for equal rights is that we are all created equal, then stop asking for advantages over other people groups. No lower scores to get into schools, no preferential treatment when applying for a job. If we are truly equal then it is time to start acting like it.
Women of the world- if we are just as capable of doing all things as men are, then prove it! Show the world that we don’t need affirmative action to get a job, that we can work hard just like men, and do a good job just like any other person. We don’t need exclusively female scholarships, we just need to apply ourselves enough to get general scholarships. We don’t need any one’s help to succeed, we are enough on our own!
So this is my dream… that we will truly be a nation that judges EVERYONE by the content of their character, and not positively or negatively based on their gender or race. Until both sides of the race and gender arguments hold themselves to Martin Luther King’s words, we will never be truly equal.