Ty wrote:I think your anger is legitimate Lowing but you should really be more directing it at the small minority of people who oppose Obama on racist grounds. And they do exist. Considering how politically misinformed people are, (in all countries not just America, although you guys do have the influence of incredibly polarising news media,) of course they will ignore policies and dislike Obama because of other reasons - and his race is one of these for a number of people.
So yes, you should be pissed off but you should be pissed off at those living up to the steriotype, not just those calling it out.
Well first, I am not pissed. This is a debate forum, and this issue is a debatable topic. Second, you are telling me to direct my frustration at those that do oppose Obama for racism. Why, when direction of my point of discussion is toward those that accuse us ALL as being racist because Obama is a failure?
Because it's not an accusation that everyone who opposes Obama is racist, you're just saying it implies this. Considering that you're implying that Clyburn's "Obama's problems are due to racism" is an admission of failure you should fully appreciate this sort of thing. Either way, neither are true.
Look, say a small number of fans of sports team X get rowdy at a game and start throwing beer bottles around. The next day a news story says that "fans of Team X were disruptive". If I were a fan of Team X I'd be pretty upset because I know that this would only be a small minority. However the story implys, (but doesn't say,) that all Team X fans were rowdy which gives us a bad name. But why would I be mad at the news story? It just reported what it saw. I would be more mad at the rowdy fans who ruined my reputation as a Team X fan.
Hope I didn't lose anyone there.
I see the same thing happening here. A small number of people who oppose Obama do so on racial grounds. I've seen the polls showing people don't support Obama because they think he's Muslim or Kenyan. I've seen all those people who would never be satisfied with a warehouse full of birth certificates. I've seen comments on news stories or from commentators that subtly drop hints that aim to be derogatory to Obama because of his race. It's not widespread but it does happen. Usually it's from people too stupid to actually learn about policies.
So when people like Clyburn come out with their opinions like this it can imply that the problem is more widespread than it is. That's just how it is.
Which takes me back to my original point: You should be far more or at least
equally as angry with those who live up to the accusations, not just those who make them.