Blacks Can Be Every Bit As Racist As Whites. . .

. . .Especially against their own people.

They've been called Oreos, traitors and Uncle Toms, and are used to having to defend their values. Now black conservatives are really taking heat for their involvement in the mostly white tea party movement -- and for having the audacity to oppose the policies of the nation's first black president.

"I've been told I hate myself. I've been called an Uncle Tom. I've been told I'm a spook at the door," said Timothy F. Johnson, chairman of the Frederick Douglass Foundation, a group of black conservatives who support free market principles and limited government.

The Associated Press (2010-4-6). Black Conservative Tea Party Supporters Take Heat. WXIA-TV. Retrieved on 2010-4-7.

This kind of racism amongst black people isn't limited to liberal versus conservative, or Republican vs. Democrat. It happens all too frequently in debates featuring liberal versus liberal and Democrat versus Democrat.

Georgia state Rep. Ralph Long (D - Atlanta) was accused of running away from his race when he backed Mary Norwood over Kasim Reed for Atlanta mayor [Galloway, Jim (2009-11-12). Your morning jolt: Ralph Long and his lonely endorsement of Mary Norwood. Political Insider. Retrieved on 2010-4-7.]. Norwood is white. Reed is black.

Black lawmakers, including Georgia Congressmen John Lewis and David Scott, were under enormous pressure to support Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton simply because Clinton is white and Obama is black.

The quote that stands out in my mind came from Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri said Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. of Illinois had recently asked him"if it comes down to the last day and you're the only superdelegate? ... Do you want to go down in history as the one to prevent a black from winning the White House?" [Espo, David (2008-2-15). AP: Black lawmakers rethinking support for Clinton. USA Today. Retrieved on 2010-4-7.]

What does that say about black people?

What does it say about the black race when someone gets chastised, ridiculed and criticized for refusing to support a politician simply because that politician is black.

What does it say about blacks when we can't even hold the first black president accountable without being labeled an Uncle Tom; an Oreo; a traitor to our race.

Allow me to answer my own question. It says that we are as stupid, ignorant and intolerant as those racist rednecks we protest.

Blacks should not give the first president who looks like us a free pass.

That's ignorant.

We need to hold Barack Obama accountable, and let him know that he should not take the black vote for granted. If Barack Obama wants black support, he needs to earn it like everyone else. And that goes for every other black politician across the nation.

Don't expect the votes of black people. Earn the votes of black people, and expect to be held accountable.

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It's really sad

that racism is even considered an issue in the political climate.  Why can't we all just get along and not profile people by their appearance or historical background?  

I will never understand it.  it is clear that racial tensions exist on both sides of the aisle


Thanks for bringing this up and taking us back down to reality, that its not just the uber conservative who are bringing these bad vibes.

by Chuckie Corra 2010-04-07 09:10AM | 0 recs
RE: Blacks Can Be Every Bit As Racist As Whites. . .

It doesn't say anything "about the black race" - a race geneticists say doesn't even exist. ("Their own people?") It says something about the individuals in question, and about the American system. Thanks for bringing up this problem, but don't fall into stereotyping as you do it...

by Nathan Empsall 2010-04-07 09:39AM | 0 recs
it's a

result of the internal conflict of growing up in Kansas and Hawaii, more intelligent than his peers, those who claim him as a peer, and those who still get surprised by what's inside the package - white bigots who think he ought to behave like Michael Steele (behaviour that seems predictable) as well as, unfortunately, Blacks who think Obama ought to be more like Jesse Jackson. I find that those who criticize Obama (listen to Tavis Smiley's show on the radio - it's a major ongoing theme), as well as the diarist of this piece, think they aren't allowed somehow to do what they are already doing - bashing away with full freedom to do so.

What really pisses off Tavis, his associates, and the diarist is that the Black Community as decided to stick with Obama, and not  join in on the attack. Which makes the attackers look like chumps.

by QTG 2010-04-07 10:18AM | 0 recs
seems to me that what bothers them is

mindless support the like of which they would give to no one else. 

maybe you should go back and read again.


ps... if you are smarter than someone then they are not your peer. you have any support for your claim that Obama is smarter than his peers and people who criticize him?  Wouldn't you rather just claim they are all racist?

by TeresaINPennsylvania 2010-04-07 10:48AM | 0 recs
RE: seems to me that what bothers them is

mindless support the like of which they would give to no one else.


I don't see it. Blacks traditionally vote Democratic and support Democratic presidents. Kerry got 88% of the black vote, Gore got 90%, Clinton likewise. Republicans like to say that all this black support for democrats is "mindless", but I think it's based on policy rather than anything else. you have any support for your claim that Obama is smarter than his peers and people who criticize him?

What do you want, an IQ test? Most unbiased commentators would acknowledge that Obama is a pretty smart guy, and I don't see individual in the oppo who matches that atm. Do you?

by vecky 2010-04-07 12:59PM | 0 recs
RE: seems to me that what bothers them is

Vecky, certain people have no difficulty classifying support for someone they despise as 'mindless', while simultaneously ignoring the fact that they have been crying themselves to sleep since the Michigan primary. Don't feed it.

by QTG 2010-04-08 11:10AM | 0 recs

If a black person calls another black person an "Uncle Tom" or an "Oreo", that's not racism. It's not very nice, but it's not racism. Just because black people are involved doesn't make any name-calling racist. Invest in a dictionary.

by RickD 2010-04-07 10:50AM | 1 recs
Black Racism?

First, is "black" even the preferred term? Last I recall, African American (AA) was the politically correct choice of words.

Second, I see descriptions of AA political anger/pressure towards members of their communities. But where is the racism? Where are AAs not holding the Preisdent accountable? You have to reach way back to an issue with superdelegates in the primary to find the answer? Not only is such a leap tenuous at best, are we really still reliving the primary here on MyDD?

Anger towards AAs involved in the tea parties is not racism -- it's anger directed at those who choose to join a movement with xenophobia and fear at its roots. The tea party is about preserving calhounism. Would Jews in the Warsaw ghetto be angry at the Jewish Nazi collaborators? Of course they would. And there were many Jewish Nazi collaborators, including a police force that took orders directly from the occupying nazis.

This diary is very disappointing.

It is not front page worthy news to inform us that yes, to varying extents, all human beings are racist. You, me, everbody. And that people will play the race card to achieve political objectives. And that Hillary Clinton lost the primary.

So let me give you some advice in writing about racism:

Right now, we have a mainstream media fawning over a movement of angry whites. Only when this movement have resorted to lethal force (or conspiracy to commit such) has the dialog even begun to question the nature of movement.

If there was a national movememnt of AAs (or Latino/as) advocating violence to achieve their political objectives, do you think the national dialog would be as generous? No. They would be derided as seditious terrorists.

That, my friend, is racism on a grand scale.

by NoFortunateSon 2010-04-07 11:46AM | 0 recs
Response to Black Racism

The way things look on the political spectrum these days. It's best for blacks to continue voting the way we do.

Okay, I can understand you when you say that blacks should not be lock-stepped with President Obama, but we should not throw away our votes for the sake of criticism.

 So, here, I say criticize from eclectic viewpoints but vote similarly. Again, blacks are not the ones getting national press coverage for their heinous acts due to some anti-societal national movements.

I wish I can say the same for their extreme right-wing, anti-government, pro-corporatist white counterparts.  Sadly, many of the uneducated/undereducatd henchmen will serve only as the minions of the powerful, anti-government, pro-corporatist ruling class.

Much of the deadly effects of West Virginia's massive mine killings were due to a pro-corporatist, anti-government mindset. This is evident in the number of major workplace, safety, and hazard violations that were discovered.

I can imagine already that many of the workers had bought into that mindset. They probably thought they were doing themselves a favor by saving the company unneeded expenses (or lowering costs) while working extremely long hours in unreported hazardous work conditons.

This reason could be due to the workers' social workplace mindset (social theory) that it was wimpy, unpatriotic to complain about little insignificant matters such as unchecked coal debris and compromised structural problems with the mine. Why complain or become a whistle blower?

People could lose their jobs or the shirts on their backs if the rules and laws were actually enforced. This is what happens when one decides not to participate in one's government and when one discards the life-long learner path. One become subject to ridiculous propaganda and illegitimate ideas and/or group thinking.

No, No, No--that's too costly a decison to make (when it comes to ensuring safety for all). Well, it seems that the so-called appropriate decison, which was to do nothing, cost those dedicated workers more than the shirts on their backs: their lives was the payment in demand. 
Unfortunately, the pro-corporatist, anti-government mindset will lead to privatzed government and, thereby, the enslavement of United States' populance.

Black people, stay the same by being skeptical and holding all those in power accountable.

Do this to discern whether those in power are holding you back or being held back to better serve you. If it is the former, then, blacks should vote democrats out, but if it is the latter, then, the question is who (whether those people are individual democrats or republicans, we have them change their minds or vote them out).

So, in short, I concur with NoFortunateSon.


by Check077 2010-04-07 01:45PM | 0 recs


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