The issue no one wants to talk about

You might have noticed that the superheroes have been silent since the election.  We talked about hanging up our capes until the election in 2010, but recent events have made me change my mind about that.

In the last week alone, the horrible, terrible New York Post published a racist cartoon with the image of a gorilla being shot with the caption, “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill.”

Then there’s the case of the mayor of Los Alamitos, CA (thanks, Ripley, for the tip).  He sent a picture of the White House in an e-mail.  That should be fine, right?  Nope.  Instead of grass, the picture had a watermelon patch in in the front lawn.  The title of the e-mail: “No Easter egg hunt this year.”  Just in case you didn’t  get the “joke,” the implication is that because the Obamas are different, everything will fundamentally change.  Oh, no. There are scary black people in the White House.  And they aren’t servants.  Eek!

Still don’t think there’s anything going on?

Well, around time time of the inauguration, a bakery in New York came up with the fabulous idea of selling pastries commemorating the historic day.  Great idea, right?  Nope.  This baker decided that he would sell “Drunken Negro Head” cookies.  Think I’m kidding?  Watch this news report on the bakery and see for yourself.

What does this say about race in our country?  We have elected an African-American as president, but how far have we really come?

These incidents remind me of the racist yard sign Ferosha saw during the campaign.  The fact that people think blatant racism is something they can get away with kind of makes me worry about where race relations in our country are headed.

I don’t really know how to talk about this.  But I feel it would be wrong for me not to.  After all, I am a black woman and now I’m a blogger, too.  That means I can get on my soapbox and talk about whatever I want.  And you can read it or you can ignore it, but at least I get to say what I want.  If you don’t like it, post a comment or get your own blog.

But, like I said, I don’t really know what to say about this.  All I do know is that these events have compelled me to write.  And I’m putting it out there because I think that race is an issue that should be talked about.  What do you think?



February 26, 2009. Barack Obama, bigotry, Hypocrisy. Leave a comment.

Take the White House Back

Also available at TakeTheWhiteHouseBack.Org.  Spread the word!

~Karen Friedman

October 29, 2008. Election 2008, Hypocrisy, Music. Leave a comment.

What if?

The text below comes from an e-mail a friend forwarded to me.  It has some valid points.  What if things were a little different and roles were reversed?  How would this year’s presidential campaign be different?

Ponder the following:

  • What if the Obamas had paraded five children across the stage, including a three month old infant and an unwed, pregnant teenage daughter?
  • What if John McCain was a former president of the Harvard Law Review?
  • What if Barack Obama finished fifth from the bottom of his graduating class?
  • What if McCain had only married once, and Obama was a divorcee?
  • What if Obama was the candidate who left his first wife after a severe disfiguring car accident, when she no longer measured up to his standards?
  • What if Obama had met his second wife in a bar and had a long affair while he was still married?
  • What if Michelle Obama was the wife who not only became addicted to painkillers but also acquired them illegally through her charitable organization?
  • What if Cindy McCain graduated from Harvard?
  • What if Obama had been a member of the Keating Five? (The Keating Five were five United States Senators accused of corruption in 1989, igniting a major political scandal as part of the larger Savings and Loan crisis of the late 1980s and early 1990s.)
  • What if McCain was a charismatic, eloquent speaker?
  • What if Obama couldn’t read from a teleprompter?
  • What if Obama was the one who had military experience that included discipline problems and a record of crashing seven planes?
  • What if Obama was the one who was known to display publicly, on many occasions, a serious anger management problem?
  • What if Michelle Obama’s family had made their money from beer distribution?
  • What if the Obamas had adopted a white child?

You could easily add to this list. 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.

Educational Background:

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

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


John McCain:
United States Naval Academy – Class rank: 894 of 899

Sarah Palin:
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

Education isn’t everything, but this is about the two highest offices in the land as well as our standing in the world. You make the call.


October 24, 2008. Barack Obama, Election 2008, Hypocrisy, Joe Biden, John McCain, Sarah Palin. Leave a comment.

Top 10 Ways the McCain Campaign Can Save Money

10. The straight talk express will be converted to a blimp.  The hot air in Sarah Palin’s head will be used as fuel.

9. Creepy debate-watcher Rich Lowry at the National Review will bid on Sarah Palin’s expensive wardrobe.

8. Campaign brochures will now be printed on recycled paper from the 1500 pages of McCain’s medical records.

7. To encourage 527 groups to pay for attack ads, McCain will now refer to audiences as “my fellow Swiftboaters.”

6. McCain’s seven houses will host all future fundraisers.

5. Governor Palin’s daily diet will be converted from moose burgers to baby seals.

4. Paid surrogates will no longer explain the latest Palin gaffes.  Instead a pre-recorded message will state, “It’s clear that the elitist media is behaving in a sexist manner, and Obama is a Muslim anti-American socialist who pals around with people like bin Laden.

3. McCain will streak at Game 4 of the World Series to get free national TV coverage.

2. Campaign witchdoctor will be let go and re-assigned to Gov Palin’s Office of Voodoo Affairs.

1. It won’t save money, but has our campaign accused Obama of being a Neo-Nazi yet?

Bonus #1: Governor Palin will sell Alaska back to Russia to boost her foreign policy credentials and reduce travel costs.

Bonus #2: McCain and Palin attire to be purchased on triple-coupon day at Walmart.


October 23, 2008. Hypocrisy, John McCain, Sarah Palin. Leave a comment.

Looking This Good Doesn’t Come Cheap

Apparently, Sarah Palin’s well-kept hair and impeccable attire don’t come naturally.  Politico says that the RNC appears to have spent more than $150,000 to keep the Palin family in nice duds.  That number includes more than $4,000 that the RNC seems to have spent on the Alaskan governor’s hair and makeup alone.

Thank goodness McCain opted for public financing – I’m sure potential donors would have been emptying their pockets upon learning that their hard-earned dollars helped keep the Palins well-dressed during a presidential campaign marked by a period of economic hardship.  I guess McCain supporters in the “real America” and the “real Virginia” find it easy to spend more than $150,000 on clothes and makeup in a little more than two months.

I, for one, am shocked.  One of the few things I admired about Sarah Palin was the way she was able to get all of that hair in that cute bun.  Oh well, at least she voted against that bridge to nowhere.  Oh, wait, never mind.

Bad Hair Day

Post McCain / RNC Makeover

And I’m not even going to mention how much McCain pays to get his own makeup done.  Nor will I mention that his makeup artist has also worked for American Idol and So You Think You can Dance.  I guess “paling around” with Hollywood types isn’t that bad after all.


October 21, 2008. Hypocrisy, John McCain, Sarah Palin. Leave a comment.

The Odd Lies of Sarah Palin

Andrew Sullivan did all the work for us and has taken Sarah Palin’s lies apart one by one.  As can be expected, there are too many to count.

Sarah Palin chooses to lie about things that ordinary people shouldn’t lie about.  Whether it is a bridge to nowhere, selling the state’s plane on e-Bay, or asking her daughters’ permission to join the McCain ticket, Palin’s lies seem to show no signs of abating any time soon.

Check The Daily Dish, Andrew Sullivan’s blog, for more.  It seems like he finds more Sarah Palin lies every day.  The point isn’t that Sarah Palin lies – almost all politicians have to lie at one point or another.  It is that Sarah Palin lies with such a blatant disregard for the truth.


October 21, 2008. Election 2008, Hypocrisy, Sarah Palin. Leave a comment.

Republican Party Spreads Hate

In another example of the hate-spewing and fear-mongering associated with this year’s presidential campaign (some of which Ferosha has already blogged about), the Republican party is at it again.

First, the Sacramento County Republican Party chose to smear Barack Obama by adding a picture of Barack Obama and Osama Bin Laden saying that the only difference between the two is “B.S.”

B.S. indeed. Unfortunately, that was just one of many pieces of misinformation and hate that the Sacramento County Republican Party has been spreading about Barack Obama.  But, wait.  The Sacramento Republicans aren’t alone in California when it comes to spewing hate about Barack Obama.

Also in California, the Chaffey Community Republican Women depicted Barack Obama on a food stamp along with images of fried chicken, watermelon and Kool Aid.  Yeah, they went there.  Nuff said.  Needless to say, the Chaffey Community Republican Women have come under fire for their offensive mailer.

And in an example that even I couldn’t have made up, radio show host Bob Grant mistook the Ohio state flag for an Obama flag.  Yes, an Obama flag.  People, there is no such thing as an Obama flag!  Thankfully, Media Matters has gotten to the bottom of this craziness.

Update: In my original post I forgot to mention the statement Virginia Republican Party Chairman Jeff Frederick made while giving talking points to 30 McCain volunteers who were going to canvas neighborhoods in support of the McCain-Palin ticket.  Here’s a part of what he and some of the volunteers said on the connection between Barack Obama and Osama Bin Laden:

“Both have friends that bombed the Pentagon,” he said. “That is scary.” “And he won’t salute the flag,” one woman added, repeating another myth about Obama. She was quickly topped by a man who called out, “We don’t even know where Senator Obama was really born.” Actually, we do; it’s Hawaii.

How nice to know that McCain and his republican compatriots are running a respectful and honest campaign.


October 18, 2008. Barack Obama, Election 2008, Hypocrisy, Media. Leave a comment.

John McCain Eats Humble Pie on Letterman

Watch John McCain on the Late Show with David Letterman.  This is must-see TV if you want to see McCain answer critical questions about his campaign’s decision to blast Obama’s connection with David Ayers and McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin as VP.  Oh, and McCain also had to explain why he skipped out on his date with Letterman a few weeks ago.  Fun.

October 18, 2008. Barack Obama, Election 2008, Hypocrisy, John McCain, Sarah Palin. Leave a comment.

The real “original maverick”

The media have been doing research into the origin of the term “maverick.” You might be surprised to learn that, despite repeated proclamations to the contrary, the original maverick isn’t John McCain and it isn’t even Sarah Palin.

Turns out that the evidence points to the original maverick being a seemingly self-serving cattle farmer who never branded his cattle.  Instead, the real original maverick wanted to claim everyone else’s unbranded cattle for himself.  Kind of like what John McCain did when he noticed that the the “change” mantle was working for Barack Obama and decided to claim it for himself. In fact, the Maverick family doesn’t even support John McCain.  They are strident supporters of Barack Obama’s candidacy for president.  Interesting, to say the least.

When they heard John McCain was using the term “maverick” to describe himself, the Maverick family had this to say:

But when McCain and the media placed it in a political context, using the maverick label as the centerpiece of his presidential campaign, each and every member of this family was appalled. We continue to be.

Watch this CNN video on the Maverick family’s reaction to John McCain, the self-described maverick.


October 10, 2008. Election 2008, Hypocrisy, John McCain. Leave a comment.

Best moment of the second presidential debate – Barack’s winning moment

Even though most thought the most recent presidential debate was dull and boring, I was glued to my television the whole time.  In my opinion, Barack Obama delivered a knock-out blow to McCain by deriding McCain for his horrible rendition of a Beach Boys classic song.  Watch the clip below:

For those of you who don’t want to watch the whole clip, here’s the text:

OBAMA: I want to be very clear about what I said. Nobody called for the invasion of Pakistan. Sen. McCain continues to repeat this. What I said was the same thing that the audience here today heard me say, which is, if Pakistan is unable or unwilling to hunt down bin Laden and take him out, then we should. Now, that I think has to be our policy, because they are threatening to kill more Americans. Now, Sen. McCain suggests that somehow, you know, I’m green behind the ears and, you know, I’m just spouting off, and he’s somber and responsible. MCCAIN: Thank you very much. OBAMA: Sen. McCain, this is the guy who sang, “Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran,” who called for the annihilation of North Korea. That I don’t think is an example of “speaking softly.” This is the person who, after we had — we hadn’t even finished Afghanistan, where he said, “Next up, Baghdad.” So I agree that we have to speak responsibly and we have to act responsibly. And the reason Pakistan — the popular opinion of America had diminished in Pakistan was because we were supporting a dictator, Musharraf, had given him $10 billion over seven years, and he had suspended civil liberties. We were not promoting democracy. This is the kind of policies that ultimately end up undermining our ability to fight the war on terrorism, and it will change when I’m president.

October 8, 2008. Barack Obama, Debates, Election 2008, Hypocrisy, John McCain. Leave a comment.

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