What’s wrong with this picture? Or, Logic 101 ….

racist:  racial prejudice or discrimination

rac·ist \-sist also -shist\ noun or adjective

(merriam-webster.com)

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From the Washington Post, September 14, 2009:

On Saturday, tens of thousands of protesters thronged to the U.S. Capitol to angrily accuse President Obama of taking the country in the wrong direction.

A day later, in the shadow of the Washington Monument, many participants at a much smaller gathering — the 24th annual Black Family Reunion — said the level of hostility toward the nation’s first African American president had little to do with policy differences over health care or taxes and everything to do with race.

We’re expected to bow down to a charge of racism because people disagree with the direction a black president is attempting to take the nation.  Never mind that the quote comes from a participant at the BLACK Family Reunion. Never mind that the incumbent is half white.  Never mind that participants in Saturday’s march, while not all protesting the same thing, can generally point to specific policy decisions or stances with which they disagree.

I saw photos of the march on Saturday.  All races and ages.

I saw photos of the reunion on Sunday.  I can’t say the same.

I’m not naive enough to think that some Americans wouldn’t like anything the current president does, simply because he’s black.  Of course we have not wiped out racism.   But I can’t help but think “racism” is a handy label, one that doesn’t require thought.  If you dislike something suggested by someone raised by whites, whose skin happens to suggest black, you’re racist.

Nor am I supporting those who liken Obama to Hitler.  I despise the man’s ideas, but refuse to be drawn in to ad hominem attacks.  There’s plenty to debate without assuming someone is evil.  I presume Obama really believes some of the crap he’s proposing; I don’t think he’s evil, but terribly, terribly wrong, and proposing to help our nation further down a wrong path.

I really don’t care who proposes the idea of government intervention in health care; I’m out.  I really don’t care who proposes the ideas of government bailouts of American corporations; I’m out.  I really don’t care who proposes raising my taxes, or considers me “lucky” instead of “talented” or “hard-working”, and then gives the money to others; I’m out.

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Oh, yes — another logic flaw:

“On Saturday, tens of thousands …”

“A day later …”

And later in the story:  “As they left the rally, many of those with opposing views walked through the Black Family Reunion, some stopping to eat at the booths. ”

Many of those with opposing views must be rather talented … walking through a Sunday function on Saturday.  Who says they aren’t ahead of their time?

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