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Solving racism

August 18, 2013

After reading the two letters about racism, I had to respond. Racism should never be. It is a learned behavior that can go all ways....

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VinceKnauff

Aug-18-13 6:01 AM

Obama and his sycophants have set race relations back 50 years. Their race card is finally worn out. They jumped the shark with their handling of the Missouri rodeo clown with the Obama mask.

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Capricorn1

Aug-18-13 7:21 AM

The NAACP is calling for a federal probe by the DOJ and Secret Service for a possible hate crime regarding this clown incident. First off, I clearly remember marches in Washington in front of the White House where people were carrying the likeness of Bush hanging from a noose and wearing shirts with a target on Bush's face. No arrests were made and it was protected under freedom of speech. IMO the NAACP is beginning to lose credibility by habitually crying wolf when it's not warranted.

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CaveFelem

Aug-18-13 7:50 AM

Slavery started thousands of years ago, and isn't strictly a white European invention. There are records of it from ancient Babylon, Greece, Rome, the Middle Ages and through present day (found on historyworld dot net).

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eriklatranyi

Aug-18-13 7:59 AM

Much like the anti-domestic energy crowd, the race-baiters have resorted to lies and distortions to further their unnecessary cause.

We now have terms like "white Hispanic" added to our lexicon from these liars.

I absolutely judge Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson by the content of their character --- liars.

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CMReeder

Aug-18-13 8:01 AM

No the right jump the shark with their handling of the rodeo clown in the Obama mask.

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CMReeder

Aug-18-13 8:11 AM

Back to the letter she is correct that racism is a learned behavior.

Racism did not start with slavery and enslaving others had been practiced by many civilizations throughout human history. It was usually the defeated country that was enslaved. We still have people who are enslaved in today's society. There is human trafficking.

When it came to the enslavement of Africans, people referred to them as savages and beasts, not human. The ancestors of those slaves are still considered sub-human or non-human today.

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Ritty77

Aug-18-13 8:13 AM

Correct, CaveFelem. Skin color has nothing to do with being enslaved. In fact, the word "slave" is rooted from the Slavish peoples of Europe who were regularly conquered and enslaved by Arabs and North Africans.

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Ritty77

Aug-18-13 8:21 AM

"No the right jump the shark with their handling of the rodeo clown in the Obama mask."

How so?

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gavinf56

Aug-18-13 8:24 AM

"No the right jump the shark with their handling of the rodeo clown in the Obama mask." - CMReeder

How so?

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gavinf56

Aug-18-13 8:26 AM

LOL, dang Ritty, beat me to it!

Maybe if he is asked twice he will finally give an answer for once.

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msgjsheets

Aug-18-13 9:46 AM

As for the original post, nice letter Ma'am. Racism is wrong no matter who is committing it. Until society comes together and calls out all racists regardless of their own race, this issue will not go away.

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Tedeaux

Aug-18-13 9:51 AM

She is right that slavery is still practiced today, although not in it's original form. We have 14,000,000 illegal aliens in this country today that the politicians won't do anything about because they work for dirt cheep wages because American workers would rather draw an unemployment check or a wellfare check rather than cut grass or flip hamburgers for a living. These illegals are America's modern version of slaves.

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Capricorn1

Aug-18-13 9:55 AM

"The ancestors of those slaves are still considered sub-human or non-human today." -Reeder

Considered by whom?

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nobud74

Aug-18-13 10:48 AM

Tedeux and Cave, you are correct. Here, in America, we tend to focus on the racial bias of whites towards blacks. If you live in Asia, your country of origin has racial bias against other Asians. If you live in Europe, you have racial bias against other Europeans. If you live in any part of the world, you have racial bias against those with whom you come into contact. No matter how much we deplore racism, the fact is that is here and we all have racial bias for and against others. The recognition of that, the way we handle it and the suppression of it is what makes one person less "racist" than another.

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CMReeder

Aug-18-13 11:42 AM

The poor right wing even confronted with overt racism they dismiss it as nothing.

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CMReeder

Aug-18-13 12:00 PM

Look at the 'facts' people who attented the fair did not like what they saw and heard at the rodeo event and the fair association banned the clown from performing at the fair in the future. NAACP really did not like and have demanded an investigation. Right pundits like Glenn Beck have given this rodeo clown in Obama mask hero status.

But according to you brainics on the right it is the left who jumped the shark on this. As usual you are clueless and blind to what is happening right before your very eyes.

For your information Jeff I did not like it when this was done to GWB. I also stated so many times. It is very disrespectful of the Office of President. It is not dissent.

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gavinf56

Aug-18-13 12:48 PM

Hmmm, somehow I missed all of the outrage, charges of racism, and calls for an investigation when a GHWB likeness was used as a prop at a rodeo.

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ToTEXASfromPA

Aug-18-13 12:50 PM

I went and watched the rodeo YouTube video and would classify it as demeaning to President Obama but not as racist. However, I suspect there were racist comments by a few people in attendance.

Like what CMReeder said, you need to be consistent in your appraisal and response to the situation no matter who the president is that is being mocked.

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JerryfromRI

Aug-18-13 1:28 PM

The "anti-domestic energy crowd"?

There's a new one. Who exactly are you referring to Eric?

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Capricorn1

Aug-18-13 1:30 PM

Mr. Reeder, can you please explain to me how this incident is classified as racism? Disrespectful to the office of the presidency? Maybe. But tell me how racism fits into the equation. It seems like every time anyone disagrees or makes a joke about Obama, all of a sudden it's racism but as long as I've been alive, I can remember the same thing happening with every president. You can get online and buy masks of Obama, Clinton, Bush and others and they've even had people robbing banks wearing presidential masks. Watch SNL and some of the skits they do. They dress up like presidents all the time and make fun and nothing is ever said. I am so sick and tired of the race card being thrown.

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enigma

Aug-18-13 1:41 PM

Chuck,"The poor right wing even confronted with overt racism they dismiss it as nothing."

Making fun of the President is not 'overt racism', even when that President happens to be black. I agree that the bit was over the top, but it really didn't rise to the level of a threat that requires an investigation by the Secret Service or the FBI as demanded by some wackos on the left, and it was aimed at his politics not his race. Those who think that all criticism of Obama are racist are the real racists, because they can't separate his color from his actions. The reason this clown is being defended is that he is being persecuted for political speech. Radio talk show hosts aren't defending what he said, just his right to say it. I for one would rather not have politics at the rodeo, but then again, I'd rather not see them on Comedy Central either. I guess I'm out of luck on both counts.

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Capricorn1

Aug-18-13 1:55 PM

Don't people realize the effects that liberal media, the NAACP, Sharpton, Jackson and even this administration has on race relations when every time we turn around someone is being called racist with absolutely no facts to support it? Just look at these message boards and read message boards on other sites. This is tearing this country apart and setting race relations back decades. They see race in everything that is said that goes against the administration and it has to stop. Political correctness was already a thorn in everyone's side. Now you have to be afraid of everything you do or say in fear of being called a racist. That word is thrown around with no thought about the effects it has on this country as a whole.

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Capricorn1

Aug-18-13 2:15 PM

Hmmm, somehow I missed all of the outrage, charges of racism, and calls for an investigation when a GHWB likeness was used as a prop at a rodeo. -Gavin

Back in 1994 George Bush dummies were used at a Woodson, PA rodeo. "A dummy with a George Bush mask stood beside the clown, propped up by a broomstick. T.J. Hawkins rolled out the big inner tube, and the bull lowered his head, shot forward and launched into the tube, sending it bounding down the center of the arena. The crowd cheered. Then the bull saw the George Bush dummy. He tore into it, sending the rubber mask flying halfway across the sand as he turned toward the fence, sending cowboys scrambling up the fence rails, hooking one with his horn and tossing him off the fence."

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Capricorn1

Aug-18-13 2:18 PM

That should be Woodstown, Pa

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Scott36

Aug-18-13 3:45 PM

Don't people realize the effects that liberal media, the NAACP, Sharpton, Jackson and even this administration has on race relations when every time we turn around someone is being called racist with absolutely no facts to support it?Capricorn1 There can be a huge difference in how different people interpret it. I noticed that you singled out "the liberal media". Does the "conservative media" get a pass? Especially AM radio? I have listened to it for decades.

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