Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Historic?

I am the only one who is very sick of hearing how HISTORIC it is that a Black American is President? I sure don't recall that being part of Obama's election campaign. Never once did I hear, "Help to elect the first Black President."

Of course not. That's because he knew that skin color should not be the basis for a person's vote.

So why is it the basis for America's joy? Shouldn't we be proud that we elected the MOST QUALIFIED person - black or white, young or old, male or female? I'm not saying that Barack Obama is the most qualified person - I don't believe he is. But I think votes should be cast for a nominee because of his or her platform, his or her moral compass, and his or her experience and track record while in office. Votes should NOT be cast because of
  • gender
  • race
  • home state
  • age
Many people say how proud they are to be an American after this election. I'm not so sure.

36 comments:

Sidney (Sixy Mama) said...

Totally agree with all you are saying! I'm thinking we didn't put the most qualified person in there either, but only time (and mistakes) will tell.

Obviously, the race issue is BIG on the American majority's mind right now...it's very unfortunate that the one thing that they say they don't want is the thing that "they" are perpetuating....

Jess said...

Thank you for posting this! I had the same feelings, I just didn't know how to put it down!
I LOVE your 'thing' on the left of the screen about 'anonymous comments'!!

Eudea-Mamia said...

I agree - it is quite disheartening to have the voters who supported this candidate because of his platform, now celebrate him because of his race. But if watching all the hype heading up to the actual event taught me anything, it is this: the media covers what the media wants to cover.

I'm betting most Americans who voted for Obama are just like the rest of us - just voting for the one who they thought would do the best job.

I completely understand the pride. It is historic. But I can guarentee you I wouldn't be celebrating because the "white" guy won if McCain had pulled it off. But maybe that is because I'm white? One thing I know for sure - if Hillary had gotten the nomination and went on to win I wouldn't be jumping on her bandwagon because she has a vagina, you know?

He will be put to tough task soon enough - I just pray the majority of Americans were correct.

Peace. Em

TextileNazi said...

Okay , so lets put your post to the test. Everyone , not just Obama supporters, have been saying that this will be a historic election , NO MATTER WHO WINS. What if McCain won , and you saw someones post today saying the same as you , only in reference to Palin being a woman. How would you feel if who you supported won and you saw someone say it was basically crap that that person won because they were a woman and it wasn't historic. Of course it would be historic. The point is, we have never had a black man or black woman in the presidency nor have we had a woman in the race that has made it as far as Hilary or Sarah. So yes , this election should not have anything to do with race OR gender but the facts are that in this particular election there was a black male and a female set to take a high office in our country. So that does make it historic. I don't think Barack was elected because he is black , but it is historic and awesome that this country has come so far in its tolerance and understanding as to come together and elect a black man in a landslide victory. Lest we forget woman have not even had the right to vote for 100 years , and merely 40 years ago, and unfortunately still today , blacks were not accepted in society as equals. So instead of thinking of this as societies big "black" celebration , imagine how angry you may be if today people were saying that too big a deal is being made about a "woman" being in office. We should all be proud of who is in office , unless of course it IS because the next president is black that he's not wanted there.

MeadowLark said...

While I didn't vote for either of them (Ron Paul - 2012) my thoughts are this:

Some people voted for the color of his skin
Some people voted against any Republican
Some people voted for the idealism
Some people voted for any Democrat

Historic. Yeah. It is what it is. No matter why the man was elected, it's historic. And how often do any of us give up on all the crap we read and hear and get forwarded and vote for just one tiny thing we can grasp. Whether it be "he's a former Marine", "she has a special needs child", "He went to the same law school I went to"... we get fed so much crap that sometimes all we can do is give it our best.

Dorsey said...

The thing that stuck in my craw is how they kept saying "because of a large African-American turnout at the polls. Who's to say they ALL voted for Obama? I can understand the brevity of the situation, and appreciate it for that. As now people REALLY can say no matter what your race, creed, etc..you CAN rise to the highest office in our country. But yes, please get past this people. He won. Yeah him. Get on with it.

Bridge said...
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Ann said...

NOW I'm proud to be an American.

April said...

I couldn't have said it any better myself.

Texan Mama @ Who Put Me In Charge said...

@E-M: yes, I agree. well said.
@TextileNazi - did you actually read my blog? I did not say it was crap that Obama was elected. I said it was crap that people are celebrating that he's black. Why don't they celebrate that he's a democrat? Or matches their morals? He needs to be judged "not by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character" - MLK, Jr. And YES it would be pretty stupid if people celebrated Sarah Palin (or Hillary Clinton for that matter) if they had won just because they were a woman. I don't agree with that either. I believe in voting for a candidate regardless of race or gender or age. And celebrating their victory for that leader, regardless of race or gender or age.
@Meadowlark - yes it bugs me whenever people vote for a candidate for any inane reason. It is a wasted uninformed vote.
@Bridge - I will repeat what I told you last month. If you don't like my blog, just unsubscribe. I'm long gone from yours.

MeadowLark said...

Wow. Apparently some people are snarky. I wonder what kind of insecurities they are suffering with? Oh well...the world is full of people who are not worth wasting your breath.

I appreciate your post here, btw ;)

Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life said...

It is what it is...the first time for a man of color to be elected President. However, I believe that he will be remembered for a job well done, and not as a Black President...give it time...Media has to have an angle...it'll die down..

earthmama said...

talk about snarky...who comes to someones blog and leaves comments that begin with,

"LISTEN YOU TWIT..."

your blog etiquette needs a touch up, to say the least. let's work on our manners, please. people are aloud to disagree but do deserve respect. you are behaving as a juvenile and should apologize.

textilenazi is entitled to her opinion. she may not agree with you, but she never called anybody a twit. shame on you.

Texan Mama @ Who Put Me In Charge said...

@earthmama - yes you are right, Bad form on my part. TextileNazi, I apologize.

For anyone not following, I was upset with TextileNazi because she chose to copy my blog post and post it on her own blog, then tear it apart. This frustrated me. I called her a "twit" and should be more polite. Blogging etiquette says I should know better. Now I do.

@TextileNazi, considering Blogging Etiquette, I also hope that you and your co-authors will quit taking my blog words to be reposted on your blog for criticism fodder. I have never done this to your blog. Shame on you too.

The Nice One said...

Yadda yadda yadda...this is why I stay out of the politics, it gets so HEATED! You're a brave woman...are you wearing flame retardant panties?

Ha ha ha!

YOU WON. Come see me.

Jennifer said...

I don't think PEOPLE are celebrating for that reason. I think the MEDIA is celebrating for that reason. I know several people that voted for him, including myself, and it had nothing to with race. The fact that he is black is not why I'm happy. It is because of what I think he can do for our country.

Jen said...

Interesting perspective.

Ritch in Love said...

I hate throwing my hat in the political conversation...and I made some very personal observations last night that I'm still heated over...I just wanted to tell you that I really appreciate you saying what so many people are choosing to ignore.

I appreciate how far this country has come and that any and all Americans have the ability to do what they put their mind to...BUT...I also feel as if trying to say "It isn't about race," over and over and OVER on the tellie actually DOES make it about race...and I wish people would see that...I hoped that the country was colorblind by now after everything we have all be through historically. But as of yesterday I realized so many are not....
I never talk about the party I am affliated with or the guy I think is right for the job. Either way I appreciate that President Elect Obama made great strides for HIMSELF and his family...not a side of his heritage...just himself. I congratulate him and McCain in a race well run. And hopefully Obama will do a good job. Fingers crossed.
The race card has been played long enough...people need to get on with it.
(It's early and I'm a zombie. I hope this comment made sense. I'll probably read it tonight and wonder what I was thinking.)

Judy @ In His Grip said...

I believe that the media does our country a great disservice by over reporting on things that really don't matter and this first African, American president thing, although historic, really does not matter.

RebeccaMom said...

I just perused your blog and I love your insights and sense of humor! This post particularly struck me. I agree that it seemed to be quite a popularity contest this year with people voting for shallow reasons. I sometimes wonder why the American people don't take things more seriously and LEARN about the policies and what they will do, instead of just LIKING a candidate for one reason or another. I guess we never outgrew high school :) I found you through SITS and I will definitely be back!

merc3069 said...

Well said!

Toots said...

Just wondering what would have happened if Obama was a republican and McCain was a democrat . . . just wondering . . . and if the election was NOT based on race, why is that all "they" are talking about . . . I appreciate your opinion . . . if we all thought the same thing how boring would THAT be!!!

Kimberly said...

Coming to you from SITS. I commend you on posting something that many people are thinking. I've stayed away from political arguments/comments because it just irks me with all that's going on and how down right rude people can be if you disagree with them. That being said, I wanted to let you know I appreciate your posting your thoughts.

I couldn't watch the election coverage. It was just too much for me to take in. The few times I did catch it though there was always a comment about race and gender. I caught a moment where Tom Brokaw (?) said (while showing a poster of the past American presidents that is used in history books), "Imagine how different this will look tomorrow. This is a historic day for America that we have a black man as president when you look at all our past presidents, wealthy white men." (that is the gist of his comment; it was late and I do not remember it word for word. sorry) I nearly lost my stomach! This may not be completely about race but it IS a huge factor and no amount of sticking our heads in the sand and denying it will change that fact. Bravo for stating your mind and sticking to your guns.

Cracker Scraps said...

Before the election it never even dawned on me that this was about getting a black person in the White house! I feel pretty helpless in regard to politics. First of all it's not my forte or primary area of expertise. Beyond high school civics I'm lost!

I believe the media promotes what they want people to believe! Seeing Jessie Jackson cry in Chicago, I guess it must have been a big deal to him! I am a GRITS (girl raised in the south). I was raised to treat all races the same, to respect each person as having value and worth, created in the image of God. Although very young, I was around during the civil rights movement, I remember seeing black bathrooms, water fountains. It was shameful.

What happened to voting for the candidate for their agenda?

I'm just pleased to say that yes, I voted as did each one of my children! Voting is something we can do!

I live...therefore I consume. said...

Hiya just dropping by from SITS. I appreciate your bravery by posting your political observations. I think people are forgetting that Obama has a white mother. If I were him I would not want to be referred to as simply "Black" I would just want to be referred to as an American. I think that is what is wrong with the media - all the hype. Talking about the African American population standing behind him because he is "black" as they put it. What about the fact that he is a Democrat who had a lot of heartfelt things to say and a lot of promises (that I sure hope he keeps!) that give everyone hope. I wonder if Obama himself gets frustrated with the label of simply being black. I think it is historical and should be recognized that he is the first President that is not Caucasian. As far as I know there has not been a black, latino, Indian, Polish, etc President and for that it is a great stride for our country.

Ok I am stepping off my soap box now!

Enjoy your day :)

kallay said...

man!!! i just wrote a whole huge response to this blog and it had an error! :( i agree with you 100% that he should not have been elected based on the fact that he is black. after all, when applying for a real world job being hired based on religion, race, age, or gender is illegal! however, i do think that it's pretty awesome that we have a black president, only because it shows that our country has changed. and i like change... good change. do i think he's the best man for the job? yes... only because i don't think he is influenced by other politicians as much as john mccain would be. i truly believe that obama has the american people's needs and wants at heart. i'm unsure if he will be able to make any real change or progress but i'm glad to give him the opportunity to try. only time will tell. awesome blog girl! i'm glad i joined SITS, i've read some pretty great writing! have a wonderful day!

kallay :)

Tracy said...

I was totally thinking that this morning!!! People that didn't even like him or support him are going on & on about how it's so great that he's president because he's black and it says something about America. That - to me - shows how far we HAVEN'T come. Who cares if he's black???? Why does his being black make a difference??? It doesn't. He is who he is. People either like him or don't. His skin color is insignificant. And I refuse to be proud of an America that is proud that we elected a "black" president based on that alone. Let's see some good leadership and talk about that.

Sorry for the rant - I think the racial thing has gotten a little ridiculous. Jesse Jackson was horrible to Obama before, but he's crying in joy when he's elected??? What's wrong with that picture?

On a more positive note - congrats on the featured blogger!!! Love your blog!

Moxy Jane said...

Here's my thoughts, for what it's worth.

The election of Obama means so many different things to so many different people. I think he represents the FIRST step to race no longer being a factor in whom we elect as our president. Unfortunately, our country, as a whole, is not yet to the point where the color of a person's skin (or their gender. or their age. or their religion. or their friends. or their family.) does not matter at this level. The civil rights movement never even dreamed that they were paving the road to this moment...they were just trying to get people treated fairly in the streets of day to day life.

Obama is a good man with strong ideals and values, just like John McCain. He also is black. He also is white. I come from a mixed marriage and came out looking like my Hispanic father, not my Caucasian mother. But I was raised by my mother and so I was not exposed to a lot of the traditions of my heritage. To my white friends, I was Mexican. To my Mexican friends, I was Anglo. People will see what they want to see.

The same goes for Obama. To the black community, he does represent a huge change...he represents an America that is beginning to look at the merit of a person, not the color of their skin. And I feel that that is the same change that those of the white community want, too. Yes, it's wonderful and historic and monumental that we elected a president that is black. It opens up the door for so many other QUALIFIED people who may have been held back by their race. So, in that sense, it is about him being black. But he was not elected BECAUSE he's black. He was elected because he stands for the same qualities that so many of American's desire in themselves and for their country.

I have no idea if Obama will deliver all or even any of his promises. But I am encouraged and uplifted by the energy and optimism that is in the air. Our country needs to change. We as individuals need to change. We are divided and angry and there's a lot of hatred still. My HOPE from all of this is that we, as human beings, will be able to regain our civility and have a true respect for one another. We don't all have to agree...in fact, we shouldn't all agree. But we do need to find that common ground that supersedes our differences and unites us so that we can provide what is good and what is right.

Michelle said...

I agree with you regarding the recent headlines about African American's celebrating because Obama is black not simply because their candidate won. Oh well, it is what it is I guess, and we'll see how he handles things.

Moxy Jane said...

In response to another comment, asking "Who cares if Obama is black?"

I care. Being black has been a huge part of his experience in life and he brings the lessons from that experience to the table. Just like being a woman, being adopted, being Catholic, being gay, being a twin, being disabled, being a Veteran, being a parent, being a farmer...ANYTHING...is part of a person's life experience and makes them who they are and informs their decisions. I don't think we should shun and ignore what makes us different, but should instead try to understand how our differences can bring us closer together.

He is who he is. And he's black. It's just one part of the whole package and I think we all need to see that and recognize it, not try to act like it's not there. It's not something odd or unusual, but it IS. And to not care is to not care for the person. Does that make any sense??

I think it's a great thing to see black people celebrating...let them have their joy!! I feel joyful, too. The black experience in America is a complex and multi-layered dance and I think we're at a wonderful time of understanding and progress. The civil rights movement has made it possible for both Barack and Hillary to come this far, so there is an acknowledgment of that struggle...and I guess we're all hoping that one day it won't be a struggle at all. I think that's what was mean by "who cares?". We want to get to the point where the human experience is not so deeply impacted by things such as gender or race. It's coming...and again, that's what this election represents to so many. It's a door to a better world.

Okay, I'm done!!

AngiDe- Nana's Box said...

Wow, can I just tell you how much i completely agree with everything you said?!? I wrote something similar on my private blog!
Seriously, when did him, being black become the most important thing about his campaign?

Anyway, found you on SITS! Love your site, I will be back for sure!

Angie
"Nana's Box"

Tracy said...

Please don't get me wrong. I only meant that people who didn't even like him were going on and on about him being president because he's black.

I think it's a great thing that we as a nation has shown that we have overcome the race issue by electing a black president. But is that the most important thing? What about all the millions of other reasons he was elected? I just don't think his being black should be the most important thing now.

Please know I'm not playing down the historic significance, it's just the fanaticism that is taking place now that bothers me.

bermudabluez said...

Personally, I think you did a terrific job with your post and I agree whole-heartedly!

THE Stephanie said...

Thank you! I posted a comment on someone else's blog earlier about this but deleted b/c I didn't want to offend anyone, but you said it perfectly! I didn't vote for him, but that's not the point. I just don't get why everyone is so excited. It certianly seems that all the hoopla is over his skin color and just seems crazy to me.

Texan Mama @ Who Put Me In Charge said...

Hey Folks!
Thanks for all the wonderful comments! If you are Red or Blue, it's all good. I'm watching Obama, and trying to filter out the hype, and settling into our new President-Elect. I pray that, when he is out of office, reflections of his presidency will focus on his accomplishments and not his skin color. I hope America learns to listen to this man, and that we can discern while still showing respect. Question Authority without Challenging Authority. I hope we can actually achieve some of what he is suggesting. It's a tall order and I think GW has been America's whipping boy for long enough.

Okay, hopping down off the soap box now!

Bridgett said...

Ok, I don't know if you listen to Prairie Home Companion, but did you hear this weekend? During the Ketchup Advisory Board "commercial," the wife is making an "apology lasagna" to give to the neighbors after her husband's comments at their election party. What comments? He asked them if there was anything else on TV. He explains to his wife, then, while she makes the lasagna, that everyone kept saying how dang historic it all was...

I thought of you.