14 March 2008

Why is the Wright Controversy a Controversy?

Okay, if I read another angry blog by another angry white person I'm gonna scream. Here are the reasons why I'm over this so-called Rev. Wright controversy:

1. I happen to agree with a lot of it. I think America is, and has always been controlled by rich white people. I don't even think this is debatable. I also agree that Barack Obama does not fit the typical mold of the Democratic machinery, which is why I like him so much. I agree with Rev. Wright that HRC has never had the N-bomb dropped on her before, or told that she was less than a person. And I also agree with him that Hillary doesn't know what it's like to deal with institutional racism. She's never had a taxi pass her on the corner, she's never been pulled over for driving a nice car, she's never been refused service because she's white before. All of this is both true and obvious to me, and I think it angers White America to hear that things are still fucked up.

Hell, I even agree with Rev. Wright that 9/11 was not simply a blind gesture of Islamofascism, but an attack on our culture and a response to our bellicose foreign policy. But sensitive white Americans don't want to hear this, they don't want to hear that maybe our culture engenders resentment and anger. After all, we've bombed Vietnam, Korea, Grenada, Cuba, Kosovo, Japan, The Sudan, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, and countless other countries in the 20th century, we've put Japanese-Americans in internment camps, we've abused Iraq prisoners in Abu Ghraib, we trained Mujahideen to expel the Soviet invaders, once supported Iraq in the Iran-Iraq war, trained + militarily supported the Contras, + now we've suspended the Geneva Convention, violated the UN Charter and every major Human Rights Organ with Guantanamo Bay, we have Arab prisoners in jail who haven't talked to their families or seen a trial in 6 years--bye bye Habeas Corpus, we condone torture in our interrogations, another violation of the Geneva Convention, we get angry at the EU for imposing tariffs on American exports but then we subsidize the steel, airline and agriculture industries, we wire-tap foreigners, really, we do a lot of shit that pisses off the rest of the world. But sensitive white people don't want to hear it. Well, too fucking bad. Just because 9/11 was morally indefensible/repugnant (as all terrorist attacks are) doesn't mean that American foreign policy didn't plant the seeds of that tragic attack. There is a fucking relationship there: violence begets violence, war begets war. Americans didn't deserve 9/11, nor did Iraqi civilians deserve the Iraq Invasion, but all of this is interconnected, an endless cycle of violence + aggression. Don't like that cycle? I don't either. So, stop supporting war + stop training death squads. That's a start. . .

2. There is absolutely nothing in Barack Obama's speeches, writings, arguments, positions, or lectures that is either racist at all. Not only that, be he refuses to use race as an explanation, maybe even when he should. He rejected that Mexican-American workers were stealing jobs from Blacks, he argued that Black families needed to have less kids and help each other instead of blaming white people for their misfortunes. Not only is Barack Obama NOT blaming white people, he is actually arguing that blacks need to take control of their lives.

3. Rev. Wright is not a surrogate of Barack Obama's, nor an adviser. He does not work for Barack Obama, he does not speak for Obama, he does not represent politics in anyway. Rev. Wright is accountable to his parish and no one else.

4. Barack Obama strongly rejects Louis Farrakhan, as we all do.

5. People keep saying, well Barack Obama went to his church for 20 years, so he must be racist. This is absurd, Barack Obama is an independent thinker. He says things all the time that both Democrats and Republicans (dis)agree with. He has clearly has no problem thinking for himself. Besides, HRC stayed with a cheating lying husband, but I don't think we should hold that against her.

6. Barack Obama is part white, if he was racist against white people he would be disrespecting his mom, who he loved more than anyone in the world, save Michell Obama, and his kids.

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