Brandon brings up a point about the "race card" that to some extent might be true. I agree 100% that some do use it as a way to get out of an argument. Too many examples exist of folks who use it that way. I also agree that there are racist people in the world. It is a stupidity in some that just doesn't look like it will ever go away. That racism goes both ways and its idiotic in any form it takes.
However, there are also times when those on either side actually do play the race card as a means to attack someone by falsely claiming their opponent is racist, or to gain sympathy for their own position. This is just as foolish. Examples of individuals who cry "racist" well beyond the pale are Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. Examples of this are too numerous to bother citing. However, it is the case that the President himself and more often his surrogates have played this card in order to minimalize their opponents and gain sympathy among the low information voter. These attacks are as ad hominem as Brandon claims calling someone on using the race card is, maybe more egregious because of its nature.
In Jacksonville, FL, not far from where I now live, on Friday, June 20, 2008, Obama is speaking at a fundraiser. He is speaking at one point of his opponents and the type of campaign he is wanting his audience to believe those opponents would run. In that speech he blanket characterizes these opponents by saying, "They're going to try to make you afraid of me...He's young and inexperienced and he's got a funny name. And did I mention he's black?"
This is an unfair (and inaccurate) portrayal of his opponents' campaigns. He characterizes his opponents saying they will use racism in their campaigns and in so doing, Obama seeks to stir up fear in his audience of these opponents. Folks, this is an ad hominem attack from the man who is now our President. It is an explicit example of him "playing the race card".
So, since this is to an extent a legitimate claim, it is not proper to stop saying it altogether. Stop using it falsely, sure! Stop altogether? I recommend instead that those who are actually playing the race card, such as those mentioned above, stop playing it altogether. When they do, I'll stop calling them on it.
I'm not racist. As I've said, I think its stupid. It's also something my faith system says is wrong. I'm also for sticking to arguments about policy and position rather than discussing melanin content of someone's skin, which SHOULD have nothing to do with anything. I have also never falsely claimed that someone is playing the race card as a means to get out of an argument. I am happy to talk about the failures of this administration's (and the last adminstration's and all prior administration's) policies without ever addressing race. So, to claim that I play the race card to get out of these arguments is not true.
...and did I mention, I'm white?
By Richard Alley
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