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Race and the Race
Posted by: Jon Henke on Sunday, January 06, 2008

While things are far, far better than they were in the past, there is a race problem in America.

However, a part of that problem is the race-baiters who are perfectly willing to fan the flames of racial warfare to smear their political opponents.

I've sometimes compared allegations of racism to allegations of sexual impropriety. Both are allegations that one should be exceedingly care to throw around, as both are impossible to put back in the bottle. Glenn Greenwald, however, is perfectly content to smear his political opponents as pedophiles and racists, based on little or no evidence beyond his imagination.

Racism is still a problem in the United States. That kind of political discourse exacerbates the problem.

UPDATE:

Tom Maguire patiently explains things to the willfully obtuse.
 
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An Obama candidacy can be a good thing, if it provides us an opportunity to have a very long delayed national discussion about that verboten topic, race.

Unfortunately......it won’t.

You can already see the meme gaining speed.

This is going to get uglier.

I guess the only possible good outcome is that if Obama gets elected, everyone who wants to whine about "racist america" will have to shove it in a sack.
 
Written By: shark
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I guess the only possible good outcome is that if Obama gets elected, everyone who wants to whine about "racist america" will have to shove it in a sack.
Nope. Let’s say he wins 60% of the vote. The whiners will just say "40% of Americans still couldn’t bear voting for a black man." or something like that.
 
Written By: Harun
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I’m sorry, Greenwald is worthy of "ink" because...?
 
Written By: CaptDMO
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"Racism is still a problem in the United States."

Actually, racism is still a problem on nearly every square foot of this planet where humans reside. And that includes, of course, those areas which are inhabited by the people that white liberals in the West refer to as "persons of color."
 
Written By: Anton
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Capt;

As a bad example as much as anything.

 
Written By: Bithead
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You know we could do a lot about race relations in America if we ended the War On People of Color.

AKA the Drug War.

We could empty the American Gulag. We have the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world.

And you know other than the "crazies" like Paul and Kucinich, no one will touch it. Not even our savior Obama.

Class War

Treatment vs Recreation

About 70% to 85% of Americans favor Medical Marijuana. So where are the damn politicians?
 
Written By: M. Simon
URL: http://powerandcontrol.blogspot.com/
About 70% to 85% of Americans favor Medical Marijuana. So where are the damn politicians?
At the Federal level, The FDA is tasked to determine the classification of substances. Congress can’t legally tell the FDA how a substance is classified, and they shouldn’t be able to. Congress can’t pass a law legalizing marijuana that doesn’t undermine the controls for all drugs and medications.
Thirty-five states have passed laws to protect medical marijuana or to research it.
So for the most part the politicians have done something about it, shame you didn’t bother to research the subject.
 
Written By: Ted
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To the nutroot there is a racial reason behing everything. I’ve got news for the MSM. The racial debate has been held already. They missed it. The country doesn’t care if the candidate is blue, yellow, purple, or black. The criticism of Obama centers around his lack of experience. The question of his race centers around whether blacks will vote for him because he is not "all black". Enough already.
 
Written By: Richard Cook
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Does Greenwald willfully misunderstand?

On the Obama losing issue, it is clear even from the other side of the Atlantic (I am British) that it is most likely to be white "liberals" who go off the rails, alongside a few black politicians who gained fame from their own racist activism - people like Al Sharpton who support blacks regardless of evidence. That is hardly a racist thing to point out!
 
Written By: Richard
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There’s a comment problem above.

It would be nice if there was a definition of racism...
 
Written By: Tom Grey
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Ted: "The FDA is tasked..." by Congress. All FDA authority derives from Congressional legislation, and Congress can tell the FDA anything it wants to.

M. Simon: the great majority of prisoners, of all races, are in for non-drug crimes. A large proportion of these are also dopers - who committed crimes while high. Note that alcohol is legal - and that a lot of crimes are directly traceable to alcohol intoxication. I rather doubt that increasing the availability of crack, smack, and speed would reduce crime.

As to Obama: he’s not only black, he’s foreign, effectively. His father was not an American, and he spent most of his childhood in foreign countries. The U.S. has elected 37 Presidents: 32 of British isles descent, 3 Dutch, and 2 German/Swiss. Is it likely that the U.S. will make a sudden leap to someone as exotic as Obama? Especially as he is politically unappealing to most traditionalist voters.
 
Written By: Rich Rostrom
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Rich;
That’s why I added this:
Congress can’t pass a law legalizing marijuana that doesn’t undermine the controls for all drugs and medications.
Congress can take back the authority given to the FDA, but not without - well - taking back the authority it gave to the FDA.
 
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