Getting down to the racist core

by Q

As anyone who has dealt with racist bigots could tell you, the facts are meaningless to these people. An essentially irrational feeling (racism, bigotry, supremacism of all kinds), born from irrational fears becomes elevated to the status of "fact" using flimsiest of excuses.

A black candidate could be simply mentioned in the same sentence as "terrorism" and that is taken as proven fact that he's a terrorist. It's not rational, it's an excuse. McCain, Bush or even Clinton aren't held to the same standards. And that's really the mark of a bigot: holding different standards, putting one group of people above another, and when called on it give BS excuses.

I applaud Al Jazeera who finally figured out that all you have to do is use a white, sympathetic looking reporter to get people to talk about the racist core.


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Re: Q

by jamshid on

What percentage of the black population is pro-Obama? Race is a two edged knife and it cuts both ways, not just one way. But you sure want to show only one of the sides.


Ali P. It was a joke. That is Milbank's style

by Nazanin Ghasemian on

His column is called "Washington Sketch". If you watch the video, he explains that McCain and Palin along with their supporters have been bashing the mainstream media. So he did an experiment. He hung a sign around his neck that read "MAINSTREAM MEDIA" and he held a another sign that read "I NEED A HUG". People were pretty mean spirited about it, overall. Watch the video and see. To Milbank, this is a "culture war" and thanks to the examples set by Bush and Palin - don't forget about Tom Delay either, lots of people like the ones in Q's video are comfortable taking cheap shots. He was the first one in the main stream media, beginning last week, to report on the rage of the McCain/Palin supporters.

At the Republican National Convention he pulled a similar stunt that made even Mitt Romney laugh. He wore a lanyard that read "Eastern Media Elite."


Ali P.

To: Nazanin

by Ali P. on

That's weird!!

Why would a reporter hold a sign,  that read "I need a hug"???

And this is during a rally?

What was her point?

I am confused.

Can you elaborate?


A white reporter is not a guarantee

by Nazanin Ghasemian on

I'm amazed Al Jazeera got past the protesters. During the DNC, in Colorado people wanted their blood. Dana Milbank, a blue eyed reporter held a sign in Bethlehem, Penn. that read "I need a hug" and people said a barrage of things. Among them, "Why don't you ask your man Barack Osama. I'm sure he'll give you one." Another man told him "Put your hands around me, you'll spit your teeth out."

Here's a video of Milbank's sketch. He's one of my favorites. The video accompanying the article is hilarious.


American Wife

it's unfortunate

by American Wife on

but racism and bigotry has been given a platform by McClueless and Palin, much MUCH more so by Palin. It will take more than a couple of generations to completely overcome this fear of someone being "different" and even then there will always be someone to do the devil's work.  I do believe there has been progress... we had a WOMAN and an AFRICAN AMERICAN running for president and we should be proud of that.  I think, and HOPE, that once he's elected people will settle down and return to rational human beings.

"the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days."

Ironcially, Roosevelt spoke these words in his inaugural speech during the depression. 

"the times they are a'changin'"




by IRANdokht on

There used to be a certain sense of shame about such blatant racism...  thanks to the McCain/Palin ticket and their smear campaign and fear techniques, this country is going backwards past the civil rights era!!!