Victory is not a color

Last night, as the election results came in, I was aware of something that disturbed me. During the entire campaign it was made clear that the race card was “off limits”. It was off limits to the media and citizens alike. I believe for the most part that understanding was adhered to as it should be.
What surprised me was the fact that as soon as it was obvious that Sen. Obama had won the media (NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN and MSNBC) ALL began referring to him as the “Black” president elect. One network even made the statement that black people had “have finally elected one of their own”.
I find this type of “color coverage” offensive. This type of coverage suggests that ALL black people voted for Sen. Obama. It also suggests that white people are simply being ALLOWED to be included in this “black” victory instead of recognizing that ALL races worked very hard to get this man elected.
My hope would be that the media stop referring to him as the “black” president and acknowledge a more accurate portrayal of the truth. That Sen. Obama is half black. The other half is white.
Sen. Obama is not the first black president. He is the first half black, half white president. No race owns him or has more right over another race to celebrate his victory.
I hope the media curtails this kind of coverage, stops verbally dividing us by race and joins in the effort to heal and move forward.
We were asked to be color blind during the campaign, let’s ALL continue to do so now.

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Submitted by ConfushaSay on Wed, 11/05/2008 - 6:20pm.

It's confusing and constipated ... I mean complicated. Why don't we just call him a Molato or High Yellow. But then we're back to the color issue again.

Submitted by skyspy on Wed, 11/05/2008 - 6:09pm.

First of all if the tables had been turned and the news media had described it as a "white mans" victory it would have been declared racist.

The man is bi-racial so all American blacks need to get over it. The man is half white even if he rejects that part of himself as stated in his book Dreams of my Father.

American blacks will not stop playing the race card until they lose more in court. Right now I can think of only a handful of cases where they have lost because their claims were proven false. When the losses become common place they will realize that everyone is onto their false claims. Most of us have caught on. For years the false claims of racism have been used as a bully club by people who don't really want to work for a living. They use false cries of racism to bully people into silence on this blog and elswhere. It is a tried and true measure used by people who have been trained to make excuses instead of an honest living.

The gig is up!

Excuse time is over! America has been the land of opportunity for you since the 1960's. Now it is time for you to work hard, instead of working hard to pull the "race card". I know it is easier to sit back and make false cries of racism, but obama just ruined all of that for you. Your last excuse for not achieving success just flew out the window. People have increasingly been turning a deaf ear to these false cries, and now I think the number of people fooled by these false cries will dwindle to zero.

Atlanta has definitly helped me to turn a deaf ear to false cries of racism. Coming from the mid-west I honestly had no idea what the "race card" was until I landed here. I have never in my life seen anything like this. You people have turned pulling the "race card" into an olympic sport. It is appalling. I am surrounded by people who use being black as an excuse. An excuse for committing crime, an excuse for not achieving anything, for not working hard or for even showing up to work!? An excuse for endless use and abuse of welfare. An excuse for why they don't do well in school. The list could go on and on.

If we really want America to once again be a strong, great, and proud nation ALL OF US will have to WORK.(I know that is a 4 lettered word to some of you) America doesn't work when at least half of the people sit back and rely on entitlement programs while the other 30-40% work to support the lazy ones. Good luck with the race card thing, but people will not be truly color blind until you stop relying on race to get you out of every jam you get into.

Submitted by Davids mom on Thu, 11/06/2008 - 9:07am.

The reality in America is that there are very few pure 'whites' or 'blacks'. The color of one's skin has identified a citizen in this country since the founding of our country. In some states, your 'race' was determined by the amount of 'black' blood that could be determined in your heritage - no matter the color of ones skin. No matter the president-elect's heritage - he is identified in the United States as 'black'. He - and many like him - have WORKED for their success in this country. There is a large middle class in the 'black' community in Atlanta. In fact - the largest congregation of ‘black’ millionaires exists in Georgia - many in Fayette County - and they're not on 'welfare'. Many family fortunes were made long before FDR and Title I programs existed. It will be difficult for those who have achieved to be ignored in the media after this election. The sub-culture exists. But so do the sub cultures in other ethnicities. Obama is seen as an American. We rejoice in that. Until he started gaining 'power' - no one seemed concerned about identifying him as 'part white' or bi-racial. Let's all be proud of this American story.

Submitted by skyspy on Thu, 11/06/2008 - 9:23am.

I agree with most of what you said. I wish that we all would continue to identify ourselves as AMERICANS. AMERICANS first and only. I could describe myself as a German-American, but I don't. I'm an AMERICAN and I'm very proud of it!!

I think the fact that America had the courage to elect someone who is bi-racial is good. For the second time since Warren Harding we have someone with a mixed race background in the whitehouse. Someone brought up Warren Harding on here earlier and I have read some of his inagural address and several of his state of the union addresses. Google them I think you will really enjoy his writing. Keep in mind that back in the 20's I think the politicians all wrote their own speeches which I found to be well thought out and refreshing.

I think Obama being elected is a perfect symbol of the diversity that makes this country the BEST in the world. I just wish he would bring the fair tax with him to make the rich people pay their fair share.

Anyway, thanks for responding the other night. We don't always agree on issues, but I think we both love this great country.

Read bookyakh08's blog. It's under the What I have Learned tab. I responded to him and I think he needs some encouragement. I tried to explain from my perspective what makes people crazy and what divides people when it comes to race.

Have a good day, it's going to be a perfect fall day.

Submitted by ConfushaSay on Wed, 11/05/2008 - 6:29pm.

You can say it again and again .......

Submitted by TyroneTerror on Wed, 11/05/2008 - 3:22pm.

The race card will never stop being played. Too many Blacks in this country want to have their cake and eat it too. They don't want whites to treat them dirfferently, yet at every turn their color becomes an issue, college entrance, criminal covictions, or affirmative action they all are colored differently by Blacks. You can't refer to anyone as Black in describing them or pointing out a difference, that's racist. But what is the first thing Blacks want to tell us today "We have a BLACK President Elect".

So Sad.

Submitted by booyakah08 on Wed, 11/05/2008 - 5:12pm.

It's the first time in history that there is someone other than a cacasian person in the white house. It just so happens that Obama is half black. You can't blame us, as African Americans, for saying "We have a black president-elect." Now, I don't agree with people saying he is black when he is mixed (the term "Oreo" seems really wrong). If people don't like the fact that he is half black, your going to have to deal with it for 4 years. It's sad to see other people hating on african americans just because McCain lost. I wonder how long it will be until the a certain klan comes back.

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Submitted by Evil Elvis on Wed, 11/05/2008 - 7:05pm.

Harding was the first black or partially black president.

Hopefully the skin color affinity blacks have shown will wane as electing blacks to high(er) offices becomes more commonplace.

Who wouldn't love to see masses of young black men inspired by this breakthrough and moved to push themselves towards education and success?

Submitted by skyspy on Wed, 11/05/2008 - 6:14pm.

The term is bi-racial.

Submitted by booyakah08 on Wed, 11/05/2008 - 7:10pm.

Thanks. I forgot there for a minute.

Submitted by TyroneTerror on Wed, 11/05/2008 - 5:28pm.

Nobody in any of these posts has said anything hateful. Facts are facts. If you want race to be a NON-Issue, then make it one, stop talking about it.

Submitted by booyakah08 on Wed, 11/05/2008 - 7:15pm.

people on this site are fairly nice. I can forget about making race an issue. It sucks when others are talking about it in the community and on tv.

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Submitted by meanoldconservatives on Wed, 11/05/2008 - 5:46pm.

Don't get sucked into that. Any time you disagree in the next four years, you will probably hear the racist, KKK, talking points used. They are banking on you running away in shame at those accusations. Stand your ground and make your points, then laugh that they are reduced to that.

Race will ALWAYS be an issue and it will be used by certain folks from each side. It is too lucrative for some to abandon.....

Submitted by skyspy on Wed, 11/05/2008 - 6:12pm.

Why were the Black Panthers tolerated by most of the news media yesterday in Philly? Until one crew called the cops.

Both groups are based on hate toward a race of people. Both groups are very WRONG!! Why is one group of hate filled bigots tolerated?

Submitted by TyroneTerror on Wed, 11/05/2008 - 5:50pm.

It just really gets old hearing the same things over and over and over. Some things never change.

Submitted by booyakah08 on Wed, 11/05/2008 - 7:13pm.

Last time I checked, it was a cookie. It's like a racial slur. He can put that stuff in the white house??? wow...

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