Friday, February 13, 2009

what is a racist?

Today someone I had thought was a friend called me a "racist" and not "open-minded". Told me that she could never associate with someone like me. I was shocked and surprised to hear myself first of all called names by a "friend", and secondly to find myself linked to those particular names. Actually, I'm still shocked and surprised. And hurt. But forget the hurt for right now. [Although I guess I'll save a stamp on THAT holiday card in the future...]

According to here is what "racist" means:

racist –noun
1. a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others.
2. a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination.
3. hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.

Huh - that doesn't really fit me at all. I don't believe I'm fit to rule over anyone, unless you jokingly want to say I rule over my son. I don't feel that I, or my race for that matter, is superior, nor do I act as such. I do not hate people as a general rule (not even my ex). And I certainly don't discriminate or demonstrate against those of other races. So according to - I am not a racist.

I am starting to think that people are using the word more liberally (ha! get it?) and generally than they used to. It seems to me these days when a white person (such as myself) disagrees with or doesn't like or speaks out against someone of another color - that makes them a racist. Forget what differences of opinion there may be. One is white and doesn't agree so therefore they are a racist. Am I right? Do I have it correct now? If so - then someone needs to contact and get it updated and certainly send out a bulletin to folks like me that won't blindly go along with everyone else.

This friend of mine didn't like the posts I'd done here. Didn't like the casualness in which I talked about the now historical election of the first black man as President of the United States. Do I think it's historical? Of course I do. However, what I don't think is that should be ALL people focus on. A man shouldn't be President simply based upon the color of his skin, AND people shouldn't only be happy that he was elected because it's the first time it's ever happened. There are bigger issues at stake here. Truly.

I think there are some very important questions and documents that Obama needs to answer and provide to prove first of all that he meets all of the eligibility (as a Natural Born Citizen) to EVEN RUN FOR OFFICE. He has not done so YET. There are court cases, like I linked to in a post below, still fighting for him to do so. Why the secrecy? Why not just prove that he does in fact meet all of the eligibility requirements?

I don't think that a man that admittedly sought endorsement from the Marxist Party, as well as admitted in one of his books that he sought out the company of Marxist students while in college should be considered to run for Office. Marxism is NOT what the United States of a America has ever stood for.

I firmly believe that his ultimate goal is to turn America into a Socialist country. To create dependency by it citizens upon the government. To cripple entrepreneurs and capitalism. To be in power and "rule" over the nation. To kill Free Speech and independent thinking.

But that doesn't make me a racist. Nor does it make me narrow-minded. It mostly just makes me very scared. Obama still has so many supporters that aren't looking past his pretty words and reading between the lines. He's already said he want's to "remake America". What on earth do people honestly think that means?! Remaking means to completely change over. Not put back on track.

Another friend of mine thinks that our nation is heading for another Civil War. Brother vs. brother. Friend vs. friend. And after what happened to me today, I have to start to think that prediction could very well come true.

Now THAT is scary.


Ceredwyn said...

I have to say, I agree with every word of your current blog. Literally, I thought myself and my partner were the only ones who realize what is going on..
I've had experiences like yours with "friends." Kinda makes ya wonder, hu?
You've used many of the same words I've used; phrases; viewpoints.
I hope you don't mind if I follow you.
~ Ceredwyn ~

Just Jenn said...

Well thank you very much Ceredwyn for your lovely comment. It is nice when you find that you aren't alone isn't it? Naturally I don't mind if you follow this blog - I am working to build it up. And I thank you again!

I'll be sure to check out your blog as well :)

Ceredwyn said...

Why, thank you, Jenn. I appreciate that!
I've subscribed to your "comments" but can't find the link where I can "follow" you; add you to my list. I admit that I'm still rather new to this site.
Help me out with how to follow your blog.
Thanks in advance.
~ Ceredwyn

Just Jenn said...

Hmm I tried to leave a comment but it got deleted. I'm sorry for the late reply - I've been under the weather and not on the pc as much.

You can add blogs you follow through options in your Dashboard. They are different than listing blogs on your actual blog. That is how I remember updating mine! I hope that helps!

Sarah said...

This is the 'unifying' that Obama was talking about right? There is more racism, hate, and arguing than ever before.

I lost someone this week as well, we've talked over many political things before. She is black, I am white, but we were best friends. Now we strongly disagreed on something since the election and all of a sudden I was a racist and a Nazi of all things. This is a sad scary 'reality' of what is to come for America in it's 'moment to be proud of'.

Just Jenn said...

Thank you for your comment, Sarah. It was a blow to lose a friend over something like this. AND frustrating! And I agree - there is more hate going on than before. And it isn't coming from the conservative sector.

Ceredwyn said...

I can identify with Sarah here...
It is very unfortunate that I have found I must tread very lightly around my *friends* these days.
Gives a new irony to the saying, "You can't lose a friend you never had."
It hurts and makes you angry at the same time.