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Okay, I’ll admit: I don’t get it.

I’m going to be avoiding Facebook tomorrow (today, since it’s after midnight), because I know that it’s going to be full of status updates pertaining to the inauguration, and I just don’t care that much.

Yeah, I think it’s a great thing that a black guy was voted in as President.  I just think he was voted in for the wrong reason – he was voted in BECAUSE he’s black and not Republican.  I mean, when you think about it, that’s it, unless I missed something along the way, which is possible, since I’ve practically been on a media blackout for the past few months because I’ve been so busy.

The updates are already getting on my nerves:

“[redacted] says 12 hours!”

“[redacted] is basking in the electricity and excitement of the day…..IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME COMIING!!!!!!!!”[sic]

I mean, you could tell me that I’m just not excited because I’m white, and I don’t know what it feels like to be held back and to have to take “orders” from people of a different race.  I’ve been through this before, but in Memphis?  I’m the minority.  And take that how you will, but nearly everything that comes to your mind when you think of the word “minority”, I have experienced at some time or another.  I’m talking the kind of shit that would get me arrested if I did it to someone who was black, but that I’m not “allowed” to complain about because it’s assumed because of the color of my skin that I would have struck first if they hadn’t defended themselves prematurely.  So I think I have reason to be confused about all the hubbub – I have a slightly different perspective on this than those of you in other parts of the country might, and I don’t know that I would be adequately able to explain it in writing without being called a racist, because I depend so much on my facial expressions when I communicate, and you can’t see that here.

I’m proud of America for voting in a black man.  That’s pretty damned cool.  I just wish he’d been voted in for something other than his race, that’s all.  All I’ve heard are promises – and ones that he will not be able to deliver on without seriously screwing other things up.  You can’t have your cake and eat it, too.

I know I sound like a racist to some of you…but I’m not.  I don’t think my race is superior.  I think that judging someone by the color of their skin is really stupid (as is voting for someone because of their skin color).  There are differences in people based on their ethnicity, sure.  Some of those differences are disagreeable to other ethnicities.  But just because I don’t like a particular part of what has become the culture of one ethnicity, that doesn’t mean I hate everyone who is of that ethnicity.

All of that stuff aside, I’m ignoring the inauguration as best I can tomorrow.  I recognize and respect Obama as my President, and I hope he doesn’t fuck up too badly.  I don’t agree with him, I think he might be a bit too big for his britches right now, and I think he doesn’t really know what he’s getting himself into – but he’s there, and the more support he has from the public, and the more feedback he gets, the more likely he might do a decent job, we hope.

And with that, I’m going to bed.  I totally expect to find comments in my inbox calling me every name but my own, so I’ll just go ahead and give a preliminary finger to those who would comment that way, and save us all some time.  How’s that?

14 comments to Okay, I’ll admit: I don’t get it.

  • Heh. You’re cranky. It’s cute.

  • Squeaky Wheel

    I’m cranky because I’ve been taught all my life that it’s wrong to favor one race over another, and it’s wrong to treat one race as if they’re inferior simply because of how they look, and I live in a city where that happens every day, and it doesn’t just happen to black people – as I mentioned above, I frequently have to deal with that sort of behavior, and it pisses me off. I’m supposed to take it when someone says something like, “Not so mighty-whitey now, are ya?” because apparently I’ve “had it coming”? Sorry, I don’t buy it. “Reverse racism”, my ass. Black folks aren’t the only ones who can be treated badly because of the color of their skin. I think a lot of people forget that, particularly if they live in areas that weren’t so much affected by the civil rights movement (meaning, no major events occurred there related specifically to the huge movement in the 60s). I live where MLK was shot, I wasn’t even alive then, and I’m supposed to atone for someone else’s short-sightedness and bigotry? I mean, seriously, people. Come ON.

  • you_know_who



  • Megan!

    I’ll be honest: I almost forgot about it because I was so excited over the snow this morning.

    But I would be lying if I said I weren’t at home watching it and scrubbing my toilet at the same time, hurr hurr.

  • I hear ya. I’ve gotten the “hey look it’s a WHITE boy” comments before in the city. Quite a bit actually. I can’t imagine what the reaction would be if I said that to a black guy.

  • backtrack

    Obama was not just elected because of his race. I’m sorry, but he was not. He was elected because a majority of people in this country thought he was the best candidate. Maybe they disliked him a little less than McCain, but maybe they thought he has good ideas and good values and will do a good job as President. Maybe you disagree–that’s your right. But a majority of the people in this country didn’t.

    I also live in a city where I, a white person, am a minority. I live in a city infamous for its troubles. It’s more than just a slight majority, as well. I still think racism is alive, both by blacks and by whites.

  • pdb

    I hope all those people won’t be too disappointed.

    I’ve had presidents match my skin color all my life, it hasn’t done squat for me.

  • you_know_who

    barack obama, the great half-white hope!


    sorry, had to say it somewhere and around here it would get me killed.


  • Joe

    Yeah, gotta agree as a fellow Memphian. I know that his supporters are going to be disappointed soon, but somehow they’ll find a way for that to be our fault, too, I’m sure.

  • Brenna

    I really don’t get why so many Republicans think Obama was elected ONLY because he’s black… I live in one of the whitest mid-western states in the US and Barack Obama won here too.

    I, a young white woman, did not vote for him because he’s black… I voted for him because his political views most closely match mine… which is why I’d assume you voted for your candidate, its what I’d expect from any thoughtful, educated person… just sayin’.

  • Squeaky Wheel

    Megan, this is why I love you.
    Mike W. – I dunno about your city, but in mine? You’d be fucked up either by the person you said it to, or by the police. It’s insane.
    backtrack – Thanks for commenting – I didn’t say exclusively that he was voted in for being black, but I’m willing to bet that more than half of the people who voted for him did so based on his race alone. I know that that’s all people at my school could talk about today. Well, that and Aretha’s headpiece-thing…anyway, I think a major thing on people’s minds is the war and the economy. He says, “I’m going to make Change happen!”, and people think, “Of course you are. You’re not a Republican.” And then minorities are like, “Woo-hoo! He’s black, so he’s going to help us!” I’ve actually heard folks say that they were voting for Obama because he’s going to pay for their gas. Think about that. He never really said anything while he was campaigning, so he allowed everyone to make assumptions based on what they really wanted to “Change”. Very smart marketing strategy, very bad way to be President. Anyway, I totally digress…
    YKW – Well, thanks for using my blog as your vehicle?
    Joe – I still have a McCain sticker on my car, and I was so scared that someone was going to vandalize it while I was at work downtown. And yeah, it’s sad, but you’re probably right.

  • Squeaky Wheel

    Brenna – #1, I’m not Republican. :-) #2, Think about how many people that is that voted – you can’t tell me that at least half of them didn’t vote for him because of the historic aspect, i.e. The First Black President thing. And as far as voting for policies, I’ve heard more people say really stupid things about why they’re voting for him than I have people who can make well-formed arguments. I’m judging the majority based on my observations. That’s what I do here…lol.

  • Obama won because of one factor alone… overwhelming black turnout, 95% + of which was for him…

    Now it would be statistically impossible for 95% of any demographic to agree with one political position, 75% sure that would be possible, but not 95%… so that means that a great % of the people that voted for Obama did so because of an issue not related to his political position.

    Now it could be that they did so because he is Hawaiian… Might be because of a overwhelming love of politicians from Chicago… Could be that they wanted a basketball fan to be president.

    The safe bet is that it was because he is black.

  • Brenna

    You’re right, Squeeks… I CAN’T tell you that 1/2 the people didn’t vote for him just because he’s black… I don’t have that information and I don’t live in the racial environment that you do… (and I know you’re not a Republican… you seem far too Independent for that!) but it is an argument I hear from tried and true Republicans quite often.

    To counter your point, however… you can not tell me that 1/2 of the people that voted for Obama did so ONLY because of his race unless you have valid data to back that up. It may SEEM that way in your area or political/racial climate, but anecdotal experience does not make a thing so.

    I hope you know I have huge respect for your strength of character… I just hate to see you slipping into complacent arguments that have no basis in fact (as of yet). That is not to say that data couldn’t be created that backed you up… I just haven’t seen any of it yet.

    P.S. Wanna go to the range some time? ;)