Sunday, September 14, 2008

Racism, A Family Value?

We seem to have almost a full deck of race cards being played...
By supposed "Christian" Republicans none the less...


A box of Obama Waffles is seen in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008. A vendor at a conservative political forum was selling boxes of waffle mix depicting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama as a racial stereotype on its front and wearing Arab-like headdress on its top flap. The product was meant as political satire, said Mark Whitlock and Bob DeMoss, two writers from Franklin, Tenn., who created the mix and sold it for $10 a box at the Values Voter Summit sponsored by the lobbying arm of the Family Research Council. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

This Event was sponsored by an affiliate of our own Valley Family Forum! Read the story...

I know that a few "local" bloggers have attempted to couch this type thing as "All in good fun.." but it truly shows what is in a person's soul. What you think is funny, and what you defend, says so very much about who you are... I have collected a few more of the images which Republican supporters have created to express their opinion and feelings regarding MY candidate for President of the United States and have pasted them below for your evaluation.

Preponderance of Evidence?...
Note: I won't even mention the search
words I used to find some of these images.

You can click on the image for a clearer view of these people's "humor"...


brooke said...

But racism isn't a problem in America. Riiiiiiight.

Tina T. said...

There is something very wrong with the people who find this humorous.

Bubby said...

We pray:
O Lord, the God of vengeance,
O God of vengeance, let your glorious justice shine forth!
Arise, O judge of the earth.
Give the proud what they deserve.
How long, O Lord?
How long will the wicked be allowed to gloat?
How long will they speak with arrogance?
How long will these evil people boast?

“The Lord isn’t looking,” they say,
“and besides, the God of Israel doesn’t care.”

And we say:
Think again, you fools!
When will you finally catch on?
Is he deaf—the one who made your ears?
Is he blind—the one who formed your eyes?
He punishes the nations—won’t he also punish you?
He knows everything—doesn’t he also know what you are doing?
The Lord knows people’s thoughts;
he knows they are worthless!

Can unjust leaders claim that God is on their side— leaders whose decrees permit injustice?
They gang up against the righteous
and condemn the innocent to death.
But the Lord is my fortress;
my God is the mighty rock where I hide.
God will turn the sins of evil people back on them.
He will destroy them for their sins.
The Lord our God will destroy them.
(from Psalm 94)

Draegn said...

Tina, there is nothing wrong with the people who find charactures of public figures humorous. It happens everyday. How many times has the President been compared to a chimp? It is nothing new. Take it in stride, it's all tongue in cheek.

Now if you're offended by hypocrisy, people who will say how terrible these charactures are in public, and then laugh about it in private, well that is something else. Isn't it?

Donna from Ohio said...

I am shocked and saddened by this whole undercurrent. I hear it at the grocery store, where I work, and even at church. When the subject of the presidential election comes up, as it always does, there are those who will flatly say that although Obama has good ideas and proposals they just can't bring themselves to vote for a black man for president. What is puzzling is the strident tones I hear from the people in our community who home school their children. They seem to be the most passionate, bordering on unbalanced. Can anyone shed some light on this? Do you notice any similar phenomenon in your part of the country?
On another note, I really like the information you've put together. I found your site while searching for information on the state of U.S. infrastructure.

Anonymous said...

Stormfront, a white supremacist organization, has a Web site on “education and home schooling.” The overriding theme is to home-school to avoid exposure to other cultures.Among the discussions is one in which a member suggests stealing and destroying books from the public library to eliminate material that portrays the United States as anything other than a white, Protestant culture.
Another discussion suggests that parents find vintage “Dick and Jane” elementary reading books from the 1950s because they have only white characters.

Carla---Fort Worth

Anonymous said...

Wow! I guess I haven't been paying enough attention. This is some pretty ugly stuff! There are some pretty messed up people making poor use of their time and "talent" trying to spread hate.

Tim said...

Over at Hburg News there's a post and a picture about an Obama sign being spray painted with "KKK"

Belle Rose said...

In my experience, most Christian Republicans aren't.

Donna from Ohio said...

Carla from Texas,
I read your comment and looked up "Stormfront" on google and followed the link to the part about homeschooling. I had no idea! I called a lady I know who homeschools her three children and asked her if she had ever heard of such a thing. Well, I must say I have never been fussed at like that in my life! I was basically told if I know what's good for me I'll keep my nose in my own business and stop poking around in thing I don't understand. Now I'm sure some of these people are unbalanced.

Belle Rose said...

I have family and friends (?) who home school.... nice people, wouldn't be ugly to others, but clearly racist in attitudes. Will never vote for a black candidate. Most won't vote for a woman, either, but some are kissing Palin's unqualified butt because she's Bush clone. None of them care about anything but right wing ideology.

Robert P. said...

One can't understand southern Christianity and the disdain for public education without recognizing the role of racism.

Some parents who send their children to Christian academies or homeschool them admit the entrenched reality of racism and seek ways to reform culture. They make their decisions for a variety of reasons other than race. Not all Christian school parents and homeschoolers are racists (and not all public school parents are free from racism).

Other parents know that explicit racist-talk is politically incorrect and convince themselves that racism is something confined to poor whites with mullets, red necks and tattoos with the number of their favorite NASCAR driver.

Still others attack those who link the issue of race with the anti-public school movement as union supporters, gay activists, liberals, those with an economic conflict of interest and enemies of God.

Racism's roots run deep into the soul of conservative Christianity, despite the vigorous protests that born-again evangelicals are color-blind, prejudice-free, full of love for all God's children. The racism deniers have an inadequate understanding of the power of sin—sin that sculpts culture, shapes social power systems and shades self-perception.

Racism is America's original sin. As American Christians, we need to confess our sin of racism, apparently on a continuous basis. We need to reflect deeply about why public school hatred is so intense in conservative Christianity and to identify the other manifestations of racism in our social order. We need to work toward the betterment of public education, not retreat into false compounds of religious purity.

Public education needs and deserves the support of all Christians.

Janis said...

There are two kinds of evil people in the world... those who do evil stuff, and those who see evil stuff being done and don't do anything about it.

Hard Right Rudder said...

Take a look at your own side, police them, you whining little hypocrites. Look what your own have done to Palin. Look at the monkey photos of Bush. OOOOOH, Obama, he be gwine ta runs da bestess, mostess caahleeeean campaigns in hiztry, yah suh. I say, hit 'em harder when the little pigs squeal loudest.

Hard Right Rudder said...

Robert P, don't whine about racism in the evangelical community. Look where it is most rampant. In the black community. 85-90% voted for Obama in the primaries. Now that is a near unanymity "those people" can be ashamed of.

Emmy said...

So because "the other side does it too" this is OK? Sorry no. It's not OK at all.

Emmy said...
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Too Smart to be a NEOCON said...

Hard Right Moron,
Your whiny ignorance is deafening and you have some anger management issues, please seek help.

Here's a few points, although people like you will deny/ignore them because it disagrees with your hate filled beliefs, but here goes:

Drawing images of Bush as a monkey is not rascism, demeaning yes, but not rascism. Drawing blacks as monkeys is rascism, there is a difference, and its not hypocritical, it has to do with their history in America.

Blacks voting for a black candidate is also not rascist. REFUSING to vote for a candidate because of skin color is rascist, like whites not voting for a black. The last I checked African-Americans have had a long history of voting white, just too bad for you its never your candidate.

And your points have NOTHING to do with rascism that overflows from the evangelical movement. As usual, with people like you whose limited mental capacity is filled with delusion and hate, you can't actually address the issue at hand, just whine and spin accusations.

Please, bubba, get help before you explode.

Emmy said...

My deleted comment was only a duplicate.

Bubby said...

'Racism is America's original sin.'
Thanks Robert, this is a really important truth to contemplate. It is a stain on our nation's promise, fueled a terrible Civil War, many years of rebuilding a ruined economy, and a long struggle for universal Civil Rights. It is way past time for America to grow up and accept the beauty of our diversity. To judge a man not by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character.

Ronald S. said...

Coming here from today's article about the vandalizing of an Obama sign in the DNR, I am amazed by some people's ignorant attitudes.

Anonymous said...

I knew there were still ignorant bigots around but @#$%!
Thanks for shining a light on this fungi.
Where can I get a big Obama sign?
I wasn't sure which way I was leaning but this has really helped me make up my mind.

Anonymous said...

After following the discussion on this thread yesterday with my interest piqued I did a little digging of my own.
The home school movement is almost entirely an offshoot from the de-segregation efforts in the 70s.

What are the qualifications home schoolers must meet?

Chris said...

Very sad. None of this is even close to being funny, not to mention appropriate. Disagreeing on policy is one thing, but ridiculous photoshops playing on racial stereotypes is appalling. Democrats, Republicans...everyone ought to agree on that. Obama's candidacy has gotten everyone talking about the race issue, which is good...if anything, these pictures serve as reminders that racism is still very much out there. If ignorance is indeed bliss, there must be LOTS of happy people out there...