Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Colorblind?

I saw the following posted on a friend's facebook page:

[Friend] has just heard a powerful statement from a friend. "We have put President Obama in office now we have abandoned him for the white man to lynch." If you have not voted you disgust me!

Okay, that got my pressure up.  No, that's not accurate.  It made me angry.  So, I responded as follows:

I think that may oversimplify the issue, though. It does not leave room for people like me, who though very far from being racist, may have different policy viewpoints. I don't believe it's a blacks vs. whites issue. That quote almost says that we should support someone just because of their race. I'm not sure that is being truly colorblind. I hold every politician to the same standard, regardless of their color or race. No one is entitled to my vote. They have to earn it and work hard to keep it.

That mentality is just unfortunate.

4 comments:

K. Erickson said...

That reminds me of a comment from a female lawyer friend who, during the primaries leading up to the 2008 presidential elections, said she, as a woman, would have a hard time not voting for Hillary Clinton. No mention of agreement or disagreement with Hilly's agenda/policies. Just woman for woman.

Lissa said...

Your response was very restrained and dignified. Me, I have to ignore those type of comments because my response would be pretty much "What the f*** is wrong with you???"

phlegmfatale said...

That mentality is not just unfortunate: it is frightening.

Lawyer said...

K: that attitude is everywhere. It's really sad.

Lissa: You give me too much credit. I sat there and steamed for a while before I posted what I did. I heavily self-censored.

Phlemmy: You are absolutely correct. The follow up comments were not any better. Eventually, I threw in the towel and stopped responding.