Monday, October 27, 2008

in response

my brother started a blog. i don't know how we're related, but i'm told we are... here is the link and it's title tells you all you need to know:
so this post is in response to his posts, although i swear my blog won't turn too political... just a little bit- so here we go (and a small disclaimer, i got this in an email, but i don't agree with all of it - like the "mired in scandal" comment aint really a fair depiction of palin's time as governor):

If you think there is little or no racism going on in this election, here's a little mind game for you to play:

Imagine two candidates for president of the US—one is black and the other white…

What if the white candidate was a former president of the Harvard Law Review and the black candidate finished fifth from the bottom of his graduating class?

What if the white was still married to the first woman he said 'I do' to and the black was the candidate who cheated on his first wife and then left her for a beer heiress?

What if the black’s second wife not only became addicted to pain killers, but acquired them illegally through her charitable organization, and what if the white’s wife graduated from Harvard?

What if the black was a member of the Keating 5 and the white was a charismatic, eloquent speaker?

What if the black’s running mate had a pregnant unmarried teenaged daughter?

And what if the black and his running mate represented the party that was in power for the last eight years which presided over historic debt, 2 wars, stumbling health care, a weakened dollar, all-time high prison population, mortgage crises, bank foreclosures, etc. ?

If these questions reflected reality, do you really believe the election numbers would be as close as they are?

This is what racism does. It covers up, rationalizes and minimizes positive qualities in one candidate and emphasizes negative qualities in another when there is a color difference.


Columbia University - B.A. Political Science with a Specialization in International Relations.
Harvard - Juris Doctor (J.D.) Magna Cum Laude

12 years as a professor of constitutional law

7 years as an Illinois state senator

4 years as a US senator

University of Delaware - B.A. in History and B.A. in Political Science.
Syracuse University College of Law - Juris Doctor (J.D.)

36 years as a US senator

United States Naval Academy - Class rank: 894 of 899

23 years as a Naval officer

22 years as a US senator

Hawaii Pacific University - 1 semester
North Idaho College - 2 semesters - general study
University of Idaho - 2 semesters - journalism
Matanuska-Susitna College - 1 semester
University of Idaho - 3 semesters - B.A. in Journalism

6 years as a mayor of a town of 6300

2 years as Alaska state governor, mired in scandal.

1 comment:

Catzie said...

wow this is like the toned-down version of the "White Privilege, White Entitlement and the 2008 Election" essay by Tim Wise... maybe if i had used this variation, I might not have gotten into so many arguments on but then again, i wouldn't have become as popular either.