Jan 19, 2009

Painted Black

In Philip R. Klein's latest purported editorial on the Southeast Texas Political Review, his own words speak more eloquently about Klein's racism and hate speech than I:

Let's put the cards on the table - President Obama is half black. He is not an African American - he is an American. The train ride this weekend which is the same train ride Lincoln took on the way to Washington is also a message - as well as the bible [sic] that he will be sworn in on - that is slavery. That is the undertone of racial issues that have faced the United States. And if you continue to look at the concert at the Lincoln Memorial and the players - it is more of the same. A racial undertone that nobody will talk about of race.

Name another President that was hailed for being "white." They were hailed for their history in public service and their history as successes in business and what they have given to the United States of America. The media? They do not talk about what he has given - which maybe is not a bunch - but it is something.

What is it all? Well in my opinion it is reverse racism. It is sad and it is sick for the United States of America to continue to point out Anyone's skin color. If you were truly against racism - you too would have the same opinion.

The media is all of this in both the national press and even our local press. Calling Obama the "first black American" ever elected to office. Again, a lie. He is half black. When the media says this they are being frankly disingenuous. They are exaggerating the story. And they are trying to create something that is simply not there.

Or, as another example, Klein still apparently believes that all Latinos are "Mexicans:"

Barak Obama is the President of the United States. Not the Black President of the United States.  Not the African American President of the United States. Not the Mexican President of the United States.

Yet, Philip claims:

Trust me - I have not one racial bone in my body.

Until approximately 50 years ago, most states defined a person of African-American descent as one who had at least 1/16th black ancestry. That includes Texas, but I'm not sure about New Jersey.

Readers should note that, contrary to Philip's thesis, most African-Americans who break racial and sexual barriers tend to be pretty remarkable people.  W.E.B. Dubois, Jackie Robinson, Count Basie, Shirley Chisholm, Eugene Bullard, General Colin Powell, Sidney Poitier, Condoleeaza Rice, Thurgood Marshall, Tiger Woods, Ella Fitzgerald, and Booker T. Washington are a few that come to my mind.

Klein doesn't recognize that a country such as the U.S. finds strength in its cultural diversity while extending its promise of freedom and justice for all. 

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