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Racism: Obama Doesn't Care About White People

The graphic is obviously inspired by Kanye West's television meltdown: "George Bush doesn't care about black people", after hurricane Katrina.

Maybe I'm wrong for being totally amused but obviously some people are letting their worst fears get the best of them. In order for racism to be effective, there must be power... and with a black man in power - some of you are shitting yourselves a little early in the game. It's funny because just a few months ago it was "OH BUT HE IS HALF WHITEEEEEE..."

For those of you not aware of what's going on, television and radio host Glen Beck "kinda sorta" called the U.S. president a racist with a PROBLEM. Which he later retracted and then stood by again. This flip-flop of opinion is spurred by Obama's comments on the arrest of black Harvard professor Henry Gates, stating that the police acted "stupidly". And while I wish Obama would have chosen a less definitive approach in his answer - how is it racist? How does it at all prove that he "hates white culture", as Beck claims?

Unlike some people I refused to buy into the ideal: "Obama's president, racism's OVER!!!", as so many have after his election. I find that too many people think ignoring race is the best approach. And even before Obama's election to presidency I found that many people of color have tried to adopt this approach. The thought is especially popular among those who do not live and have never lived in the southern part of the United States. This is why I grinned a little when Sean Bell, a 23 year-old unarmed black male, was shot at 50 times and murdered in Queens, NY in 2006. Those officers were found innocent. I grinned again when tension in Jena, LA boiled over into a race war because black students couldn't sit under the school's "white tree". Racism is over... right...

This country has many decades to go through before black Americans can see a black Harvard scholar arrested for entering his own home and not see the race riots of 1968.

"Get over it"

Get over what exactly? While the argument is typically surrounding slavery, the history after the supposed abolishment of slavery is far more disgusting and damaging. And why should the "getting over" be one-sided? Black Americans are not Africans and are not going back to Africa! Get over it. Mexico's moved here. Get over it. Virginia, you lost the Civil War. Get over it. Your president is black... with a white mother... get over it.

- plexi

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