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I think white people standing up for change deserve a round of applause. Things are not the way they used to be and really there has always been white people willing to stand up for what is right. We can't forget slavery might have lasted even longer without the help of abolitionist. We can't forget the underground rail road may not have freed so many slaves had it not been for whites willing to feed and clothe the runaway in the still of the night. We can't forget the freedom schools in which white women travled from north to south to teach.  We can't forget the white philanthropist who helped establish the NAACP. We can not forget our common humanity.  In these final weeks of the campaigns, when the racism and divisiveness is mounting daily, we can not forget the scores of white people who have supported obama from day 1; who have embraced him as their brother; who have listened closely to Dr King and made a choice based on the content of character not the color of skin. A round of applause for white people who are not drowning in white guilt; who are not suffering from white supremacy; who are not living in fear. And who will not be made to fear.

I cried and cried and cried when I heard that Obama walked into a mostly white diner and some of the patrons declined to shake his hand. I cry when I hear them call him a terroist. I cried when I heard Congress woman Michelle Bachman say with a straight face that she believed him to be anti-american. I cry when they attack his beautiful intelligent wife Michelle, when they claim not to understand what she meant when she said she was really proud. I cry when white democrats say they are undecided. I cry when I realize that racism still exists. I cry from joy that so many people realize the flawed logic of racism. I cry because I can't understand why anyone would think a US Senator, a presidential candidate is anti-american? How can one judge anothers patriotism? It is unmeasurable just like faith is unmeasurable. However, in choosing to serve this country, in helping to create its laws, in debating the merit of bills on senate floors-- is in itself proof of patriotism.

We as americans must stand together and let no one divide us. We can not stand for hate. That is what it truly means to love America. I dont care what color someone is, call them out. Shut them out. I was at debate watching party on my campus. When it ended the one other girl of color came up to me speaking in code. Talking about you know how they are. NO I don't. I do not know who you are talking about and I am not willing to lump anybody into a category simply based on color. All I know is Obama will be the president of the people, all people. It is important to speak so that everyone can hear and understand, no more racially coded talk. If we can learn to communicate with all people, then we can trust each other, love each other, and live in a prosperous and peacful democracy together. At any rate, I just wanted to say thank you. You can not know how much it means to black people to see white people defending and supporting a biracial candidate with such passion and love and respect. Thank you.

Originally posted to Cutebookworm on Mon Oct 20, 2008 at 07:41 PM PDT.

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  •  Hey, thanks! (7+ / 0-)

    I'm doing a white guy dance. Bitin' my lip.

  •  Beautiful thoguhts. Thank you! eom (0+ / 0-)

    "No matter how cynical I get, it's just never enough to keep up." - Lily Tomlin

    by orangeuglad on Mon Oct 20, 2008 at 07:46:53 PM PDT

  •  A round of applause (0+ / 0-)
    for the Irish, too! jk.

    just another liberal, anti-American, cutnrun combat veteran

    by Uncle Irish on Mon Oct 20, 2008 at 07:48:23 PM PDT

  •  To me (1+ / 0-)
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    subtropolis
    Right and Wrong have nothing to do with skin color. There are African-American McCainiacs out here in southern Nevada who would make your head spin, and most liberals that I know are white middle class people.

    I am for Obama because he's the right candidate, and I am against McCain because he's the wrong candidate.

    As a former conservative who became and independent and who was turned into an Activist Liberal by the wingnut reaction to 911 I can say this: if we were to go a thousand years into the future, there would still be low hanging fruit on the national vine.

    I once had a dear friend of mine who was a college professor tell me that if every other culture but those born of white Europeans all vanished, hateful white people would be immediately discriminiating against white people with freckles in the vacuum.

    A friend of mine from Africa that I knew in college in Boston once told me that if I ever met a Hutu and a Tutsi and listened to them talk about the other, I would never look at racism the same way again as a human being.

    Barack Obama's time has come.

    And America is going to be a better place because of it, I'm sure.

    You know its going badly for wingnuts when they denounce the Politico as liberally biased.

    by LeftHandedMan on Mon Oct 20, 2008 at 07:52:42 PM PDT

  •  It's more than amazing to me that (3+ / 0-)

    African Americans can find the grace to express thanks to white people after centuries of history of enslavement and abuse!  As a white person I can barely muster any tolerance for the idiot racists all around me who put their McPalin signs up next to the Confederate flags.  Your ability to continue to hope for trust and communication among all people is very touching.  I think you are the one who deserves thanks.

  •  This is very kind of you. (2+ / 0-)
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    jaenellie, Liberal OC Woman
    But my opinion of white people remains essentially the same as it was in the fall of 2004:

    Conversation Outside an Early Voting Poll, 2004

    Me to older black woman: "Hi, are you here with a political group?"

    Older black woman: "No, I'm just here agitatin'."

    Me (laughing): "Ah, a woman after my own heart! Good for you!"

    Later in the conversation...

    Older black woman: "Black people think white people are stupid."

    Me: "Oh, honey...if you are lookin' for an argument, you have come to the wrong white person.  As soon as this election is over, I am seriously thinking about dyeing my skin."

    •  Stupid does not have a color. (0+ / 0-)

      I am sure that older black woman's experience has been different from mine. I am sure I could not even imagine what she has encountered. I can tell you in my short lifetime I have met brilliant people of every shade including white.

      •  Inherently, no. (0+ / 0-)

        But power not only corrupts, it leads to stupidity.

        In this country, white people have been the powerholders for over two centuries. More recently, I have been disturbed to encounter more and more young blacks who have been brought up in an environment of privilege and seem to be no less materialistic and myopic than their white counterparts.

        Perhaps this is simply the way of the world...eventually a group without power will be smart enough to seize it from the powerholders, who have become stupid over time. Then the new powerholders eventually become stupid with power, and so the cycle repeats itself.

  •  While your kindness is deeply appreciated (5+ / 0-)

    this white woman will take a huge pass on any applause. Crawling out of the sewer of racism is doing a favor to ourselves. It is our shame and our responsibility to fix. While my heart soars at what Obama's candidacy represents to our country I don't delude myself that we don't have a far piece to go yet before reaching MLK's mountaintop.

    McCain says overturn Roe v. Wade.

    by peraspera on Mon Oct 20, 2008 at 07:54:26 PM PDT

    •  I agree. (2+ / 0-)
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      subtropolis, insects8mybrain

      Although I do applaud the occasional individual who comes around and rethinks old ignorant views.  And with all the ugliness in the world, I'm all for a momentary group hug among people who want to acknowledge the good in people. :-)

      But then again, I can also see racists years from now insisting they're not racist by saying, "But I voted for Obama!" "I voted for Obama" will be the new "Some of my best friends are black."

      It'll be a while yet.

      •  Some white people always knew racism was wrong... (1+ / 0-)
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        kcc

        There are entire generations of white families who always knew racism was wrong. Families who never owned slaves. Families who never allowed their children to use the N word or treat others ill based on skin color. What I am saying here is that these families and these people are far too often overlooked. We shine, far too often, the spotlight on the worst of white america.

        •  Absolutely right. (0+ / 0-)

          Sorry -- didn't mean to seem as if I was missing the point.  

          Personally, some of my relatives could express some pretty ignorant ideas, but it was important to my parents to make sure I didn't buy into any of that.  So I was just looking at it from my own perspective.  I think the reason my parents didn't want to instill that ignorance in me was because of the white people who never held those attitudes in the first place, standing up and saying racism and bigotry were wrong.  That message resonated.

          The families you talk about have done so much good, just by their presence and their example, in helping to change minds.

  •  Well... (1+ / 0-)
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    subtropolis

    My husband is an ex-racist.  It was what he grew up with and he never had to question it.  So when I started pointing out the ignorance of things he said, he was surprised -- but he was immediately willing to re-think attitudes he had internalized and carried around for all those years.  Changing his attitude was amazingly easy.  So I can believe racism isn't always malice -- sometimes it's ignorance that can be countered.

    The groups he looks down on now?  Old white rich Republicans and unrepentant racists. :-)

    BTW, his crotchety old dad, who played a big role in raising the hubby in that ignorant environment?  He's voting for Obama too.  

    I hope people of all races, religions, etc. realize that we all have a lot more in common with each other than we do with the rich overlords ruling over us.  :-)

  •  As Obama goes back to the island (2+ / 0-)
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    subtropolis, Free Spirit

    to see his ailing maternal grandmother - let us remember the circular passage of this great, and white, abolitionist, William Wilberforce.

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    In the end, all human experience is common and shared.

  •  We're all in this together (3+ / 0-)
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    peraspera, subtropolis, croyal

    Thanks for your thoughtful comments about an issue that is crucial to every American -- the election of Barack Obama.  I'm grateful to him for being such an awesome person, candidate, and soon -- president.  Fourteen days to victory.  

  •  Robbers Return Loot (0+ / 0-)

    While we should always applaud a wrong made right, let us not lose perspective. The situation is like bank robbers returning loot they had stolen. Kudos but no medals.

  •  More statements like this Make america BETTER!!! (0+ / 0-)

    Please try to work this vibe up. White people desperately want to be forgiven for the horrible past of this country. We want to feel like we've changed, that we've made our selves better as a nation.

    Such an olive branch would really bring out the warm and fuzzies.

  •  The KKK seems to have faded but now (0+ / 0-)

    there is the McCain/Palin campaign.
    With help from Limbaugh & various other racists.
    Still I think the vast majority of all people are good,   but McNasty/PaKKKlin sure do have an awful  lot of bad apples!!!

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