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Whites Can't Make Blacks Happy
American Thinker ^ | March 28, 2008 | James Lewis

Posted on 03/27/2008 11:35:51 PM PDT by forkinsocket

One of the creepy things about our "need to have a conversation about race" is the assumption that whites can somehow make blacks feel better, or be happier, or be more self-accepting. Nobody has the power to do that, except what individuals do for themselves, one person at a time.

Most people don't come close to lasting happiness in their own lives. So the popular Leftist charge of America's "institutional racism" comes down to saying that "The Great White Conspiracy is responsible for rescuing you from your bad feelings." That is just cockeyed.

Far too many black people don't feel good about themselves, and are constantly looking for answers from somebody else. That quest for the impossible has been turned into an accusation against the invisible but all-powerful white racist establishment. Michelle and Barack Obama were indoctrinated with those toxic beliefs at Princeton and Harvard, so that they are now making more than a million bucks a year, living in a mansion in Chicago while still feeling sorry for themselves. Give me a break. (Michelle Obama's salary increased by almost 200,000 dollars in one year at the University of Chicago. How many people get that kind of raise?)

No doubt the Obamas tell themselves that they are the lucky exceptions, and that they are just identifying with poor blacks, who surely are out there in the hundreds of thousands. But that's just the self-serving generosity of politicians handing out taxpayer money. The Obamas are rich, highly educated, extremely successful professional politicians. They are the darlings of white liberals. Are they anything more than that?

For politicians, voter dissatisfaction is the fuel of personal careers. You can't get anywhere by promising all the answers to people who don't need you. So the first order of business is to find dissatisfied voters, and if they're not there, stir up some dissatisfaction. That's why Obama needed the Rev -- to get him in good with a proletariat, any proletariat, in this case a black one. If Obama had stayed back in Hawaii or Indonesia, he would suddenly have discovered his inner Hawaiian or his authentic Balinese. Now he is "authentically Black," and the Rev guarantees his blackness. That's why Obama can't renounce the Rev. The Rev is his meal ticket.

Now a preacher in America is very much like a politician. He or she has to get the congregation stirred up, at least enough to pay for his upkeep. The Rev Wright is a fantastically successful politician. The Trinity UCC is a family business, and with DVD sales and televangelism it's making a mint. That's why the Rev has to be so provocative --- to keep his congregation clapping and cheering. Obama learned his rhetorical cadences from the Rev, and probably much else besides. It's been one pro teaching another.

The very notion of "whites" versus "blacks" being like so many M&M's in different candy boxes is a purely political creation. Humans are enormously variable. It makes about as much sense to divide people into sports fans versus music lovers, or fatties vs. skinnies. If politicians could get voting mileage from those divisions, the Left would be telling us all about the oppressive conspiracy against the fat, or the persecuted skinnies all over the world. "Divide and conquer" still works like a charm.

If you think that's exaggerated, just look at the famous classroom experiment in which blue-eyed kids are separated from brown-eyed kids, and one of the two groups is told it's better than the other. It really makes the "bad" group feel terrible about themselves. That's how easy it is to stir divisions among people. Give human beings a flag and a baseball cap with a flashy logo, tell them it's their team, and you can manipulate them for life.

Politicians are expert manipulators, and manipulation works best when people don't think they are being manipulated. That's Obama's biggest talent -- to make the suckered masses feel good while playing on them like an old banjo. So far there's no there there at all -- no substantive ideas that make Mr. Obama any more interesting than the standard-issue ultraliberal Democrat. Oh yes, there's the color of his skin. Big deal.

No, it all goes back to the usual race politics of the post-Civil Rights era, which always needs to pick at that old scab of racism, remind blacks of their old injustices, and convince them that white racism is still keeping them down. It's a disgusting political trick, and many blacks are catching on. If a genuinely self-determining black person ever runs for president without the usual race games, I'll vote for him or her in a minute.

Let a black man say it -- as so many already have, without media support and coverage. Larry Elder's "personal pledge" is one great example. This is the real key to black liberation, just as it has been the key to all the oppressed and persecuted people who rose from poverty and low self-esteem in America.

1. There is no excuse for lack of effort. 2. Although I may be unhappy with my circumstances, and although racism and sexism and other "isms" exist, I know that things are better now than ever, and the future is even brighter. 3. While I may be unhappy with my circumstances, I have the power to change and improve my life. I refuse to be a victim. 4. Others may have been blessed with more money, better connections, a better home environment, and even better looks, but I can succeed through hard work, perseverance, and education.

I'll vote for that.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: happiness; obama; obamawrightlist; race; wright; yobama
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1 posted on 03/27/2008 11:35:52 PM PDT by forkinsocket
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To: forkinsocket

And in other amazing facts and news:......Bears poop in the woods and The Pope is Catholic.


2 posted on 03/27/2008 11:43:19 PM PDT by garyhope (It's World War IV, right here, right now, courtesy of Islam. TWP VRWC)
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To: forkinsocket
...I can succeed through hard work, perseverance, and education James Cayne sold his Bear Stearns stock for a mere 61 million this week. Apparently, one can also succeed by investing in predatory lenders, leading a company into the ground and relying on a government bail-out. Hrmm... work hard, play by the rules and get screwed by the system or cheat and have the government hand you 60 million bucks. I think I'll take the latter.
3 posted on 03/27/2008 11:46:59 PM PDT by sixthousandrpm
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To: forkinsocket

“Whites can’t make blacks happy.”

No kidding. We only discovered this in 2008?

Next week: Men can’t make women happy.

The following week: If you eat too much, you’ll get fat.


4 posted on 03/27/2008 11:47:43 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: forkinsocket
Whites Can't Make Blacks Happy

Some of us, feeling zero guilt on their behalf, have no inclination to attempt such a Sysiphian task.

5 posted on 03/27/2008 11:54:06 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: forkinsocket
As long as people like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Jeremiah Wright can make money playing the race card, The grievance industry will thrive.
6 posted on 03/27/2008 11:59:06 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: forkinsocket
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I can. Years ago I lived in Charlotte, NC. The neighborhood was 50% white (including me), 40% black, 5% Hispanic, and 5% Vietnamese. Working stiffs in starter homes. The audaciousness of virulent slummery had not yet been enculterated to the extent that it has today.

By wide reputation and explicit acclaim I was knows as: Friend of the Black Man.


7 posted on 03/28/2008 12:05:07 AM PDT by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: garyhope
And in other amazing facts and news:......Bears poop in the woods...

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8 posted on 03/28/2008 12:07:59 AM PDT by Cobra64 (www.BulletBras.net)
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To: tomkat
Some of us, feeling zero guilt on their behalf, have no inclination to attempt such a Sysiphian task.

Me neither. Here I am trying to keep my income from being confiscated by the government.

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9 posted on 03/28/2008 12:10:34 AM PDT by Cobra64 (www.BulletBras.net)
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To: forkinsocket

It sounds like few are willing to venture past the article’s title. A shame, because it’s a good read. Thanks for posting it.


10 posted on 03/28/2008 12:12:13 AM PDT by Rastus
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To: forkinsocket
Whites Can't Make Blacks Happy

And anyone who make such an attempt is a fool.

Make yourself happy and let the rest of the planet go pound sand.
11 posted on 03/28/2008 12:15:03 AM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (Mohammedanism - Bringing you only the best of the 6th century for fourteen hundred years.)
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To: forkinsocket
Nobody, when they constantly feed off the garbage of ignorance which is dished out by people like Rev. Wright. They live in a constant state of victimization....yet none of today's blacks have ever been slaves. They live in a country where they have opportunity unlike anywhere else. How many blacks in Africa have running water, toilets, can go to college, can make millions playing sports, selling records, or acting? The probably is, they want to have the option of the eternal race card instead of taking responsibility for their actions. They want someone to blame when things don't go right. Yet, every race has experienced the same exact frustrations and hardships. The sad fact is that blacks are perhaps the most racist group in America. They need to begin appreciating America...appreciating life...before they start talking about injustice and hate. Photobucket
12 posted on 03/28/2008 12:28:57 AM PDT by xuberalles ("Barack Obama: Change Is A Dime Bag!" http://www.cafepress.com/titillatingtees.225246874)
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To: Dr.Zoidberg

Anyone got any ideas why blacks have had so many problems integrating successfully into American society? I mean, everybody hated the Polacks, the Jews, the Italians, the Chinese, and later, the Vietnamese, but they all eventually became full beneficiaries of the American dream. Why have the blacks been such failures?


13 posted on 03/28/2008 12:32:06 AM PDT by onguard
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To: onguard
Why have the blacks been such failures?

I am not sure exactly why this is, but I am damn sure it's whitey's fault.

Damn whitey.

14 posted on 03/28/2008 12:45:24 AM PDT by ARE SOLE (Agents Ramos and Campean are in prison at this very moment.. (A "Concerned Citizen".)
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To: onguard

Rush Limbaugh quoted a black sociologist (I forget who), who said it was because blacks feel “owed”. Once you understand that, a lot of things make sense.

It also explains why workers in large corporations can also become so unproductive. Once they feel “owed” you can forget about getting much out of them.


15 posted on 03/28/2008 12:46:39 AM PDT by BamaGirl (If I give Obama 76 cents will he stop clamoring for change?)
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To: onguard
If the imam wright is an indicator of the average afrocentric church through history, the answer is obvious.

However, if the kind of racist venom he poisoned his congregation with is not common “spiritual” food for the black flock, then I can only guess.

Blaming someone else for your every misfortunes and failure is a sure fire way to guarantee you don't learn the lessons failure is trying to teach you so you'll keep falling into the rut you've carved for yourself.

As I see it, there are a great number of blacks who are as much a part of American society as anyone else. But to be one of those successes you have to want to become a member of that society without carrying all the baggage you can possibly fill with ancient slights and perceived insults.

I don't know, I guess I'm just too much of a “typical white person” to grasp the nuances of racial inequality...

16 posted on 03/28/2008 1:05:10 AM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (Mohammedanism - Bringing you only the best of the 6th century for fourteen hundred years.)
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To: sixthousandrpm
Apparently, one can also succeed by investing in predatory lenders, leading a company into the ground and relying on a government bail-out.

Yes, the systems are currently set up so that acting with honesty and responsibility is an irrational path.

17 posted on 03/28/2008 1:11:18 AM PDT by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: xuberalles

That’s from an earlier edition. Current rules allow the race card even as a first option.


18 posted on 03/28/2008 1:13:06 AM PDT by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: forkinsocket

Hi! I’m Sally, and I’m Johnny

Welcome to our website:
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We are well-liked by Black people so we’re psyched (since lots of Black people don’t like lots of White people)!! We thought it’d be cool to honor our exceptional status with a ROCKIN’ domain name and a killer website!!
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Sally always says things that make me feel special, like: “You’re so cool, you’re different, you’re not like other Black people!”

http://www.blackpeopleloveus.com/index.html


19 posted on 03/28/2008 1:18:55 AM PDT by Mark (Don't argue with my posts. I typed while under sniper fire..)
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To: forkinsocket
I don't want to "make them happy".

I want to destroy the separatist hate-spewing liberation theology that poisons their minds and causes millions of their youth to rebel against American cultural traits and values that would lead to success if they would just embrace them.

But that's not going to happen unless they choose to walk away from it.

20 posted on 03/28/2008 1:59:50 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: forkinsocket

PMS...”Poor Me Syndrome”?


21 posted on 03/28/2008 2:18:38 AM PDT by equaviator ("There's a plane on the horizon coming in...see it?")
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To: forkinsocket

A big part of it is that blacks are just plain jealous.


22 posted on 03/28/2008 2:30:32 AM PDT by ComputerGuy (Typical White Male - Smart, Creative and Motivated)
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To: sixthousandrpm
James Cayne sold his Bear Stearns stock for a mere 61 million this week. Apparently, one can also succeed by investing in predatory lenders, leading a company into the ground and relying on a government bail-out. Hrmm... work hard, play by the rules and get screwed by the system or cheat and have the government hand you 60 million bucks. I think I'll take the latter.

That money came from selling stock he already owned. It didn't come from the government.

And at one time all that stock was worth about 1 billion bucks.

Sure, $61 million is nothing to sneeze at, but I'd say losing over $900 million in about a year has got to hurt him at least psychologically.

23 posted on 03/28/2008 3:17:05 AM PDT by mc6809e
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To: tomkat

Whites Can’t Make Blacks Happy

Some of us, feeling zero guilt on their behalf, have no inclination to attempt such a Sysiphian task.

could not agree more....it ain’t my job!!!!


24 posted on 03/28/2008 3:28:56 AM PDT by nyyankeefan
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To: forkinsocket

I think James Lewis of the American Thinker is a “Typical White person.”


25 posted on 03/28/2008 3:36:09 AM PDT by SkyPilot ("I wasn't in church during the time when the statements were made.")
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To: forkinsocket

And Whitey is not responsible for their happiness, and should stop trying to think of things to do that will make them happy. Their lack of happiness is because they have internalized what THEY THINK we think of them. They believe what they believe we believe about them.


26 posted on 03/28/2008 4:17:46 AM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: Leftism is Mentally Deranged
"Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness." Too many people need to get off their butts and PURSUE it.
27 posted on 03/28/2008 4:25:01 AM PDT by 50sDad (Liberals: Never Happy, Never Grateful, Never Right.)
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To: xuberalles

28 posted on 03/28/2008 4:41:24 AM PDT by Long Island Pete
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To: forkinsocket
Whites Can't Make Blacks Happy

Obama’s Former Pastor Getting $1.6M Home in Retirement

McMansion therapy.

29 posted on 03/28/2008 4:48:32 AM PDT by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: forkinsocket

It’s just the evils of the time. People should worry about their own sins and the real “satan” problems, but instead they blame it on lack of sex or skin color or other issues, changing subject.

I’m white and I have no problem rejecting some whites or even family members because I know their evil. The blacks they talk about there should also avoid/worry about their own the way I do about “mine so called own”. Skin color is not my issue when it comes about my happiness. I look way beyond the look of “my food”.

This proves that race relation obsessions of liberals underlies inherently the racism of liberals and their sublying hate of stuff affecting their feelings.


30 posted on 03/28/2008 5:01:52 AM PDT by JudgemAll (control freaks, their world & their problem with my gun and my protecting my private party)
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To: forkinsocket

"Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country."

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Ask not what you can do for your country; ask what your country can do for you.

31 posted on 03/28/2008 5:03:52 AM PDT by LucyJo
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To: LucyJo
Far too many black people don't feel good about themselves, and are constantly looking for answers from somebody else the government.

Well Lucy, you beat me with that answer.

John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address - Friday, January 20, 1961

32 posted on 03/28/2008 5:27:11 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Just say "No" to BO.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Thank you for posting that link. It brought back memories.

I can only imagine that many were thinking the same as you and I.


33 posted on 03/28/2008 5:41:36 AM PDT by LucyJo
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To: forkinsocket

good article


34 posted on 03/28/2008 5:48:11 AM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we write in marble. JHuett)
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To: onguard

Nobama answered that question when asked. “WE’RE OWED, they aren’t”. He pretends he’s an offspring of slave ancestors.


35 posted on 03/28/2008 5:54:59 AM PDT by tillacum
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To: tomkat
Agreed.
36 posted on 03/28/2008 6:11:32 AM PDT by Unicorn (Too many wimps around.)
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To: LucyJo
The local AM talk show has had the “Rev” wright issue as a topic several mornings. One listener - “obviously” black by his accent - called in last week and said something to the effect of: “Blacks should be glad they were slaves. They would not be in the United States if slavery had never happened.”

He also added, “Many of you would have never lived very long either. Some of you probably wouldn't have been born because you pappy or grand pappy might have been eaten by a lion or tiger.”

Of course, the next few callers were highly PO’ed with his call. He did have some points about “getting your lazy butts off the liberal plantation too” that irritated some callers.

37 posted on 03/28/2008 6:23:20 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Just say "No" to BO.)
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To: ARE SOLE

“Why have the blacks been such failures?”

Blacks haven’t been failures at all. On the the contrary, despite a history of segregation and discrimination, a segment of blacks have always prospered. There is a substantial black middle class today

Poverty come to single female headed households. End of story.


38 posted on 03/28/2008 6:31:26 AM PDT by y6162
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To: Arrowhead1952

All of us, of every race and color, ought to be on our knees every day thanking God for the blessing of being citizens of the United States of America.


39 posted on 03/28/2008 6:49:31 AM PDT by LucyJo
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To: LucyJo

You have that correct, as long as it remains the United States of America, not Mexico del Norte.


40 posted on 03/28/2008 6:57:42 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Just say "No" to BO.)
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To: forkinsocket; newgeezer
Whites Can't Make Blacks Happy

Whites can't avoid making blacks mad.

41 posted on 03/28/2008 7:01:09 AM PDT by DungeonMaster (WELL I SPEAK LOUD, AND I CARRY A BIGGER STICK, AND I USE IT TOO!)
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To: tomkat
Sysiphian task.

Literary reference of the week. Nice work!

Regards,

PS: Oh, and I agree. Somehow, I feel absolutely no guilt whatsoever, and refuse to try to make anybody else "happy." Can't be done.

42 posted on 03/28/2008 7:03:10 AM PDT by VermiciousKnid
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To: forkinsocket
The scenario I find very grim is what would happen if Obama gets elected. Forget all the dopey leftist schemes he'll try to implement.

The fact is that after four years the very people who are fainting at his rallies and who are deliriously yearning for his election would see their lives improve not a whit. Then what? The "savior" arrives, and nothing changes.

Except their taxes are higher of course (along with everybody elses), and we stand a much higher chance of getting hit with a terrorist attack. I'm always amazed with people who think their personal lives are going to change drastically with the election of a president.

43 posted on 03/28/2008 7:08:57 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: driftless2
Except their taxes are higher of course

Since half the population pays no income tax, and many actually get EIC, I'm not so sure about that premise. My guess is a LOT of O'Bammy supporters don't pay tax today and expect that your increased taxes in the future under O'Bammy will only help them out.

44 posted on 03/28/2008 7:16:45 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: y6162
There is a substantial black middle class today,

So? How many work for the government? Never mind. It doesn't matter.

Until the day arrives that all blacks are members of the idle rich, it'll always be whitey's fault.

Regards

45 posted on 03/28/2008 7:32:55 AM PDT by ARE SOLE (Agents Ramos and Campean are in prison at this very moment.. (A "Concerned Citizen".)
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To: Dr.Zoidberg
there are a great number of blacks who are as much a part of American society as anyone else

Unfortunately they are the ones who are hurt the most by the racism of black 'leaders' and the unacceptable behavior of the black ghetto culture. They're called Uncle Toms by their own people and painted with a broad brush by the whites. They're in the middle and it can't be pleasant.

46 posted on 03/28/2008 7:33:20 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: ladyjane
They're in the middle and it can't be pleasant.

Pleasant, perhaps not. But they are a thumb in the eye of the race hustlers who claim "whitey keeping you down."

I'm a contrary sort naturally, if someone saw fit to steal from my small success by slurring me with an epithet like uncle tom, I would wear it as a badge of honor to tweak them just that much more.

I already embrace redneck and white trash and cracker as I have been called all three in my life, since I own those words, they have no power over me.

To paraphrase the imam wrights favorite pupil, they are "Just words."
47 posted on 03/28/2008 7:42:47 AM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (Mohammedanism - Bringing you only the best of the 6th century for fourteen hundred years.)
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To: forkinsocket

This guy Obama isn’t a slave person. This is so funny. They finally get a guy and his ancestors were sellers not sellees. That’s so bad.

I believe the word is IRONY.


48 posted on 03/28/2008 9:58:07 AM PDT by kinghorse
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To: forkinsocket

Of course not. Nobody just shuts up and dies quietly.


49 posted on 03/28/2008 10:24:50 AM PDT by The Toll
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To: forkinsocket

bump


50 posted on 03/28/2008 10:25:29 AM PDT by lowbridge ("I can't wait to see what he stands for." - Susan Sarandon on her support of Barack Obama)
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