I don’t wanna talk about it

Racism.  I don’t want to talk about it.

I started this blog primarily to have a place to voice thoughts and feelings about what was sure to be an historic election.  From the comfort of our living room, John and I heard Obama’s speech at the 2004 convention.  We were almost certainly multi-tasking at the time, but we quickly engaged.  As the speech ended, we looked at each other and knew:  he’s going to be President, and we’re going to help.  We had been waiting for this man and this message for a very long time.

Of course there is joy in that he’s African-American.  But that isn’t why we would vote for him.  It’s about the national conversation—talking, listening, finding common ground.  About change that will stick.  About civil discourse, not games.  (In spite of the media talk, this is an election, not a sports contest.)

I’m not so naive that I believe that racism in this country has been eradicated, like a disease.  But to have to face the fact that it is still so strong in some areas that people will vote against their own interest rather than vote for a person of color makes me queasy.  To acknowledge that it may be so prevalent that “racists” need to be part of the political calculus makes me angry.  And sad.

I don’t want to talk about it.  So I’ve just gone silent.  But an encouraging comment from Rosalie this morning brought me to express my thoughts—however inelegantly—and move on.

The Democratic Party survived the defection of the Dixiecrats over civil rights.  The party survived again when the me-first Reagan Democrats took a hike.  And the party will survive—in fact, probably thrive—when the racists leave.  So in my freshest, most ringing prose, I say to Democratic racists, “Don’t let the door hit you on your way out.”

The very idea of an election strategy, a party coalition, built around appealing to racists is disgusting.  Sure some will leave.  Fug’em.

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2 responses to “I don’t wanna talk about it

  1. Bob and Marnie

    I could not agree more. I was raised in Detroit where my father worked in the construction trades in the 60’s and 70’s and early 80’s. He was a racist — a product of his times. Well times are a’changin. We are simply tired of livng in fear.

  2. I am not an Obama supporter but was interested in your post. If I were to soley talk in truths I would say this.

    It seems that the difference in democrats and republican bases is city vs country. It amazes me what a difference demographics makes. It seems most city dwellers have a surprising socialist attitude from living in a more social environment while us cowboys or rednecks feel more freedom to be individuals and fear nothing more than someone in a far off place.changing our lives. We live on less..expect less from government and are having a hard time with the democratic principle of beauracracy dictating our existance and when we mangage to save a few dollars we have to pay it in capital gains tax..because you city folk don’t understand that taxes all go to you big cities and seldom make it to small town America. If you look at the red and blue across this country it is demographic brought on by the double income existance we see popular over the last 30 years. All our children end up moving to your big cities because you have all the wealth. Yes someday we will all be democrats with tumbleweed and big corporate farms managed by big brother…all because you live in fear.

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