Racism & politics in todays political discourse

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    Many presidents have come and gone without so much as a blip on the racial radar. Very few accusations or talks of racism in years past. But now its the talk of the town, EVERY DAY. Why?

    Wasn't Obama supposed to have been the post racial president? McCain refused to let his staff go negative or even bring up Obamas publicly known past in an attempt to take the high road and be part of that post racial reality. Yet here we are.

    Nearly every thread contains accusations of racism. Most political punditry shows on TV contain some kind of reference to racism. Why?

    I just don't get it at all. I am white. My best friend growing up was black. He went off to the army and is still there for all I know. I went off to jail and lived as the minority there for 3 years. I hold no feelings of any kind in a derogatory manner towards any other race. Yet despite my past and reality I've been called a racist more times since Obamas election than I was called "cracka" in prison for 3 years. Why?

    What is wrong with you people? And that's not racial! I ment lefties but apparently now certain terms are racially charged that never were before Obama. Why?

    I am a republican yet when Obama won I accepted his victory and put hope in his rhetoric. I wanted him to be what he claimed because if he would have been our country could have made great leaps forward. I literally tried to believe in his hope and change montra. Yet here we are and I am now commonly accused of racism. Why?

    I'm sick of it. The term is so frequently tossed about that those who actually suffer the effects of real racism aren't believed. I'm beginning to think that this tactic of the left has gotten to the point that it may actually start to cause real racism on the part of the people who have been pounded by the accusation.

    It's become a poison to our society. Young adults and children hear this drumbeat and are convinced people are racists even though they have no clue what real racism is. Mr King would be ashamed of where we are IMO.

    Rational thoughts?
     
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    White folks have to get over the word "racist", just as black folks have to get over the word "******"
     
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    wilson was probably the biggest racist president. ...showed that KKK movie at the white house etc. FDR close 2nd with his open hatred toward the asian race.
     
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    Whites use racial slurs as personal insults

    Liberals accuse racism as a means to personal and political advancement.

    Two entirely different reasons and outcomes. If I call someone the n word it stops there. If the left accuse racism it spreads like wildfire with negative outcomes.
     
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    This makes no sense whatsoever.

    It is a fact that there is a significant racist element found on the right with regard to Obama; there are a significant number of white conservatives who are angry a black man is president.

    Now, do they constitute a majority of the right? Are they representative of conservatives in general?

    Of course not.

    But when the left points out and objects to what are clear examples of racism, they’re accused of ‘playing the race card,’ or using race for ‘personal and political advancement,’ as if they’re required to stay silent about the actual racism they see.

    The right should stop being so hyper-sensitive about racism, and work to eradicate it from their midst.

    Obviously a majority of conservatives are angry a democrat is president, regardless his race.
     
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    It's hard not to be Hyper sensitive after a few years now, Of constantly being called a racist simply because I don't agree with Obama's Policies.

    Nobody is denying there is a Racist Element, but can you deny that some on the left have abused the word Racists, and used it over and over, when it was not really applicable. Just for Political Gain?

    Oh and as a Conservative I am not so much Angry a Democrat is President, I am Angry a Left wing Democrat, who had almost no experience for the job, Is president. I think it is kind of sad, that such an Unqualified Candidate won with the help of a whole lot of people who voted for him simply because he was Black, and they wanted to be part of History.

    I sincerely wish the First Black President had been more of a practical Centrist, and not such a Partisan hack. Now the Real Racists who are among us, will point and say look what happened the last time we elected a Black man. As if Obama's Skin Color has anything to do with his Failures.
     
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    Sorry... but having been married to a woman of a different race than my own, I get a little perturbed when someone calls me a racist without anything to back it up, other than the fact I am a conservative.
     
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    this.
     
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    I figured that I should vote for Obama to teach the blacks that one of theirs would be as bad as all the rest
     
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    It's quite difficult to say why you are accused of racism without some examples of things you've said that lead to accusations of racism. Certainly, some people who aren't racist are accused of racism. I'm a little troubled by the apparent assumption that the explanation for why you are accused of racism has nothing to do with your own actions.

    I'm also not sure that false accusations of racism are currently a tactic primarily of the left. Many of Glenn Beck's comments about Obama, and the Shirley Sherrod episode spring to mind as examples where members of the right have used charges of racism. The most memorable episode where prominent members of the left accused members of the right of racism was sufficiently well-documented that it appeared in reputable news sources ('Tea party' protesters accused of spitting on lawmaker, using slurs).

    Was Obama supposed to be the post-racial President? Some prominent people said so, but I always thought that was ridiculous, and I don't think most people took it that seriously.

    Finally, I disagree with your suggestion that young people today don't know what "real racism" is. When racism was largely banished from our laws essential human nature didn't change. People are still racist, it has just become unpopular to be explicitly racist.
     

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