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In Communication, Networking, News, Politics on October 3, 2010 at 8:43 pm

This past weekend
Brought insightful Twits from friends:

@FabNewYork shared an enlightening Village Voice find
Entitled: “White America Has Lost Its Mind”.

It reads:

About 12:01 on the afternoon of January 20, 2009, the white American mind began to unravel.

It had been a pretty good run up to that point. The brains of white folks had been humming along cogently for near on 400 years on this continent, with little sign that any serious trouble was brewing. White people, after all, had managed to invent a spiffy new form of self-government so that all white men (and, eventually, women) could have a say in how white people were taxed and governed. White minds had also nearly universally occupied just about every branch of that government and, for more than two centuries, had kept sole possession of the leadership of its executive branch (whose parsonage, after all, is called the White House).

But when that streak was broken—and, for the first time, a non-white president accepted the oath of office—white America rapidly began to lose its grip.
As with other forms of dementia, the signs weren’t obvious at first. After the 2008 election, when former House majority leader Tom DeLay suggested that instead of a formal inauguration, Barack Obama should “have a nice little chicken dinner, and we’ll save the $125 million,” black folks didn’t miss the implication. References to chicken, particularly of the fried variety, have long served as a kind of code when white folks referred to black people and their gustatory preferences—and weren’t many of us already accustomed to older white politicians making such gaffes? But who among us sensed that it was a harbinger that an entire nation was plunging into madness?

Who didn’t chuckle, after all, the first time they heard that white people had doubts that Barack Obama had even been born in the United States and was therefore ineligible to be president? It sounded like one of those Internet stories in which some (usually white) writer does his best to prove something everyone knows to be true is actually the exact opposite. And you go along with it for a few paragraphs to see how long the writer can convince you that what you know is right is actually wrong… [click HERE to continue reading this excellent Village Voice column]

Then — there was a communication break down exposed via @Coasis’ Twitter page;
Delving into Obamas recent quote referencing ‘Media Only Mentioned Slaves’

Dear miniscule mind: Behave.
Seeking ‘reasons to riot’ is all the rave.

What President Obama actually said:

People are frustrated and anxious, they’re scared about the future, and they have a right to be impatient about the pace of change – I’m impatient, but I know this – now is not the time to quit, now is not the time to give up. We’ve been through worse as a nation. We’ve come out stronger from war, to depression, to the great struggles for equal right and civil rights. It took time to free the slaves, it took time for women to get the vote, it took time for workers to get the right to organize . . .

Reacting to the phrase, out of context, heightened by deceptive words like the “plight,” inferring that it’s the special concerns, of a special group, that the President cares about; and “pumps up the base,” which infers that the President’s base is not the average American, led to an eruption of negatives.

One reaction was as follows:

President Obama is having delusions of competence; It’s going to take time to socialize this enchilada; More proof of his mental illness; Idiot trying to play the race card; Wow. the great divider; This is utterly unacceptable language coming from the POTUS unless he is the POTUS of Democrat America or African America. So if you are a Conservative and you don’t believe in Obama’s big govt programs then you are the same as those that delayed freeing the slaves; The post racial black president speaks out…. now obama, dont mince your words, c’mon tell us what you really mean; I think he really wants to start another (war); Scary times ahead for America thats for sure; Dear Barry Soetero:It cost 600,000 lives to free the slaves and left the South scorched and scarred; Your speech is dangerous and borders on insighment; He and Michelle are “haters; If the RNC had half a clue, they would jump on this and run ads in every single Congressional district with a significant black population, saying exactly that; What’s that make the great-great grandson of a Muslim African Slaver so different from us. Other than he is a Marxist; I’ll keep my money, my guns, and my freedom; There are no words to describe my hatred for him; Apparently we should have sent them all to Liberia . . .

Another person who watched the very same speech said:

What a rip roaring speech. Yea, I’ll follow that guy anywhere. President Obama reminded us that the election of 2008 wasn’t about getting one man into the White House, but about beginning a movement that would really change how things are done in this country. He reminded us that during his presidential campaign, he told us change would not come easy, but would be difficult, because there are a lot of forces out there that don’t want things to change. They want the status quo. Thanks for reminding me of that, President Obama.

While watching the president speak, I was reminded of everything this president and Democratic Congress have accomplished in 20 short months. Too much to list here. Yes, much of it is weaker than I would have liked, but a weak health care bill, for instance, is a lot stronger than no health care bill. And we have President Obama to thank for a fundamental change in the way people will view health care from here on out – as a right, not a privilege. And, as President Obama reminded us tonight, if the GOP gets their way on November 2, they will begin trying to dismantle our new health care rights.

President Obama made me very proud, yet again, tonight. I am proud to be a Democrat. I am proud to have voted for this man. And I am proud to be an American. As others have said about tonight’s speech, the president had fire in his belly. And because of his passion and drive, I too regained the fire in my belly for my party – the Democratic Party. If the president can retain the passion he showed tonight, I see no way we lose as much power in Washington as all the pundits say we will

Thank you President Obama for reminding me why I voted for you and why I am a Democrat… [click HERE to continue the column on NowPublic.com]

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