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AdLib On September - 18 - 2009


When it comes to huge impacting realities about American society, The MSM is militant…they employ a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

For example, it was an open secret for decades that Catholic Priests had been abusing young boys. It was so well known “unofficially” that it became a throw away joke for many standup comics, SNL and many comedy shows. And yet the MSM kept the news and investigations just between them and their priests.

There was all the Bush insanity, the 2000 election to begin with that had blatant evidence of tampering with our democracy, the nasty secrets of The Patriot Act, WMDs and Iraq, Iraq being conflated with 9/11, aw hell, the whole 8 years under Bush.

The MSM just played the role of a ventriloquist dummy, letting ideologues on the right especially make outrageous charges and just repeating them without analysis…of just calling obvious bullshit for what it was. Instead, they call the broadcast of phony propaganda, “balance”.

Now we come to The White Elephant in the Room.


As with the Catholic Priests molesting young boys, it is an open “secret” that those most insane at the Tea Parties and Town Halls, those most repeating the phrase, “I want my country back!”, calling Obama a Muslim, Nigerian, Socialist, etc. are for the most part, racists.

And yet, watch the MSM. They ask questions like, “Why do you think there’s so much outrage out there?” and “Is all the government spending on the bail out, stimulus and possibly on health care, upsetting people?” WTF? These people who can’t even spell the word “moron” correctly are sitting around their trailer reading the Wall Street Journal to check their stock portfolios and while discussing offshore tax havens, remark about the effect of the increased deficit on the bond market?

Or how about this…the people we’re talking about use whatever cover they can for expressing their hatred of other races. They hate this black man for destroying their one claim to being “special”. Sure they may be poor, live in trailers, fry their Thanksgiving turkeys in a barrel of oil, have more children and less teeth than most Americans but the one thing that let them hold their heads up proudly (and all of their chins), the one accomplishment they had that made them superior to others in this nation was that they were white.

For them, only white people could and should do the most important things and be the most important people. But not anymore. By becoming president, Barack Obama affirmed that such racist garbage should remain behind their trailers for pickup. However, from the racist perspective, he has taken away “their” country.

What does it mean when a poor, white, frothing-at-the-mouth southerner wails, “I want my country back?” It means a nostalgia for separate drinking fountains and schools, back of the bus, having “them” step off the sidewalk to get out of white people’s way…the country they want is the country their racist predecessors had that validated their feelings of superiority simply because they were born with light colored skin.

Quite an accomplishment indeed, being born with light colored skin, ya gotta hand it to them.

Now, there is an odd flip side to this. Pres. Obama does not want the media talking about racism either. He does not want it as a distraction to the issues or for its reality to be broadly acknowledged because it would bring up the issue that his being black DOES make him different as a president, a segment of the population DOES despise the President of the United States simply for being black.

Admirably, Pres. Obama wants to be president of a post-racial America. He does not want his having a darker skin tone than some Americans to be a focus of his presidency because then “the terrorists” have won and he’d be participating in being judged by the color of his skin and not the content of his character.

However, by believing that if you claim not to see the White Racist Elephant in the room that others won’t see it, I think he makes the mistake of providing cover for those who are racists and ultimately is not being honest.

Over 70% of Republicans don’t believe Pres. Obama is an American or legally president. No white president has ever had “being an American like us” so challenged. That is not the “small minority” (love the phrase “minority” applied to racists though) that Pres. Obama and his Admin are describing as racially motivated.

Granted, this is a complex and difficult issue. Perhaps Pres. Obama’s approach will best achieve the results of a true evolution to a post racial America. Then again, maybe by obscuring the truth of the rampant racism in this nation, it is protected from greater scrutiny and scorn and allowed to flourish.

I don’t know for sure but I do know one thing…the evolution won’t be televised…not by the MSM.

Written by AdLib

My motto is, "It is better to have blogged and lost hours of your day, than never to have blogged at all."

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  1. Questinia says:

    I don’t like this. Seventy-five percent is way too high a number even for Republicans.
    This goes beyond party and ideology. There are people who are simply un-evolved. Obama has just made them regress a little more. Kind of like a child who forget toilet training when stressed and confused.

    • AdLib says:

      Actually, if you think of The Republican Party as a Denny’s coffee pitcher and imagine that those not weighed down by hatred and racism, the moderates and financial conservatives, have all been poured out of the pot already.

      What remains AS the GOP are the dregs of the party and society.

      It does make sense that the majority of people still clinging to the GOP along with their guns and bible are those who are the adversaries of equality, compassion, enlightenment and regular bathing.

      • Questinia says:

        As you’ve already probably guessed, I see life as a Denny’s and its well-spring the Denny’s coffee pitcher. That never-ending font of xanthine-fueled truckin’.

        These white folk better watch it, or they’ll soon become the busboys in the Denny’s of their lives.

  2. LuluMay says:

    If you aren’t familiar with Tim Wise you should check him out. He has written several book, the most famous of which is “White Like Me.” he has written a new one about Obama which I’ve yet to read but just ordered on Amazon. Here is a bit of a review of his books as well as some quotes.

    From Publishers Weekly

    “Tim Wise examines the way in which institutional racism continues to shape the contours of daily life in the United States, and the ways in which white Americans reap enormous privileges from it. Wise

  3. LuluMay says:

    Thank you for your post. This subject has had me so distraught these days that I’ve had to step away from it all. Up till now I was naive enough to think that most racists Americans were “smart” enough to keep it to themselves especially when it comes to the President. As I bi-racial person myself attacks on him feel very personal to me.

    The boldness with which they are showing their racism is unlike anything I’ve seen in my adult life. It really is.

    I have to take some time to breathe & get my mental strength up to deal with it. I am working on a piece about the infamous “race card” we hear so much about.

    One thing I will say is that, present company excluded I am SICK & TIRED of hearing White folk on TV ask OTHER white folk if they think this or that strikes them as racist.

    Unless they are asking Tim Wise I don’t want to hear it.

    • AdLib says:

      LuluMay, stay strong and don’t ever forget that you are surrounded by a majority of Americans who reject and stand against the hatred and racism of this ignorant minority.

      You’re not alone in underestimating this. In the last few years I spent a bit of time in Louisiana, pre and post Katrina.

      Being from L.A. and thinking I had a good idea of where things were in this nation, I was stunned to realize the amount of open racism and prejudice, particularly in the south, that continues unabated.

      The MSM and Republicans (as an excuse to end Affirmative Action and other programs) have pressed the meme that racism is over in America.

      Even if the intent by the well intentioned is to de-emphasize racial issues and by doing so, minimize race-consciousness, the facade of “everything’s cool” has led many, including me, into a false sense of security that racism has been marginalized in this country.

      It’s especially obscene in today’s more informed and enlightened society that a major political party in the United States would choose aligning themselves with and encouraging racism purely for political gain.

      The GOP is not just The Party of No, they are now The Party of Hate and apparently proud of it.

      There is a light at the end of this tunnel though. Every demographic study I’ve seen on this issue shows that the majority of those who are racist are over 50. They are dying off and will continue to do so (especially since many in the South shorten their lives due to obesity and lifestyle).

      Though some younger people are indoctrinated into racism by their families or peers, they are less inclined as a whole to follow in those footsteps.

      Society has been evolving and these outcasts will indeed be Left Behind.

      • LuluMay says:

        Thanks for your kind words. I am from San Francisco (born & raised in the Haight-Ashbury in the 60’s) so in a sense I have been very protected from racism in my life. I am not naive; I know it exists. My own grandmother called me the N word when I was eight (that’s a story for another day. Sigh) but it is very easy to live here & “ignore” some of the ugly realities in our nation. SF is one of the most liberal patches of land in the nation & it is easy to dismiss Middle America b’c we don’t have to deal with it…until we do.

        As for Affirmative Action, don’t even get me started LOL! I used to work as an admissions director at some of SF’s top private schools -- the ONLY people who EVER benefited from AA were legacies & development prospects -- ALL white, 90% male & the degree to which they were under qualified was DISGUSTING!!!! But they got in. Kids of color had to be above & beyond qualified -- ALWAYS -- esp if they were going to receive tuition aid…which 90% of them did.



    • Kalima says:

      Like you LuluMay, I have had to step away, I just can’t deal with this at the moment, it has made me physically ill and caused many sleepless nights.

      This is not the America I thought I knew through dear friends of more than 30 years, it is NOT the America I WANT to know.

      My heart is heavy and very sad. Hang in there! :)

      • LuluMay says:

        Sweet Kalima. I am so with you but I also know that once we take a moment to breathe (and for me, have a few good hard crying sessions to get it all out) then we can harness our anger & passion & energy & fight back.

        Sending you hugs & support, friend.



      • AdLib says:

        You too Kalima, hang in there.

        Don’t allow the fact that racists still exist in the U.S. (every nation has racists, classists and provincial purists who hate those they deem below them) paint the majority in the nation with that stain.

        Remember, America voted in a president by the classic Anglo Saxon name of Barack Obama. Most people wouldn’t have believed that possible just two years ago.

        I’m not aware of any other major nation that has elected someone to lead their nation who doesn’t resemble the majority.

        A majority of Americans made a bold and progressive statement by electing Pres. Obama. We shouldn’t allow recognition of what’s worst in the country (and a minority) obscure what’s best (AND a majority sensibility).

        • Kalima says:

          I know of course that it’s the ignorant racist minority AdLib but that doesn’t alter the fact that they have been allowed to rule the coverage of your msm. That and the fact that there is so little opposition to this, makes me wonder what the others are afraid of ?
          The most vocal criticism came from President Carter, it is wonderful, but where is the outrage?
          Only on the the internet as far as I can see and of course we know that not everyone has access.

          Yes your country did well and showed the rest of the world how anything is possible, what has been happening since, taints it unfortunately. I am concerned about the violence this could lead to and hope that it never happens, it would be two steps back, no many more steps back in reality. You know that I’m rooting for you and your President, all the way.

          • AdLib says:

            Kalima, I don’t agree that it taints the accomplishments of the majority to acknowledge that a minority of Americans CONTINUE to be racist.

            These people were racists when Bush was president, they condemned “Illegal Immigrants” and wanted to forcibly deport 8 million non-whites.

            What I’m trying to say is that nothing has changed, these haters were haters before…even when Obama was elected.

            To diminish the actions of the majority because a completely different group of offensive and ignorant people spew racial venom isn’t being fair to those who stood up during the election and continue to face off against these racists.

            I think Pres. Carter stepping up to face off with racism in the country is very affirming.

            Of course the right wing racists will ignore and discount him but as a Southerner, his words carry a lot of weight and he represents the many Southerners who oppose racism.

            Just as the racists don’t represent all Americans, they don’t represent all Southerners either.

            I think it’s valid to be concerned about violence, there’s been some already and there will be more.

            That’s what happens when you whip up the nutjobs on the margins of society, they blow up federal buildings, assassinate doctors at clinics and shoot up a church because the shooter claimed they were “liberals”.

            At the same time, while Bush was President, he caused the deaths of 1 million Iraqis and 4,000 of our military. He had people secretly and brutally tortured, held Americans without allowing them to contact lawyers. Is the U.S. actually more or less violent now?

            Yes, of course the MSM spotlights the screaming lunatics, that’s what gets eyeballs.

            You know the score, you can’t give much credence to what appears on the MSM. You have to take what you see about the U.S. in the MSM with a big boulder of salt.

            It’s not reality, it’s just cynical entertainment.

            It’s at trying times like these that it’s important to hold up the positive traits of ourselves as human beings and Americans. It’s time for a big helping of moral outrage from the majority.

            Human beings can indeed let you down…but they can also surprise you.

            Keep the faith, my friend. When this chapter is over, we will end up on top and they will end up more marginalized than ever.

            • Kalima says:

              I suppose what has shocked me to the core is that they have become so visible, knowing about it and then actually seeing it up close and personal are two different things. I was shocked, disgusted and alarmed by the whole spectacle. Apartheid 2009.

              I intend to keep the faith and know that the majority of Americans don’t think this way and after spending two years commenting, listening and learning on American blogs, watching your President win the election, I’m not about to give up hope now, you know that too.

            • AdLib says:

              Due to my experiences in the south over the past few years, I actually find it more remarkable that the rampant racism in this country has been so well hidden.

              It’s the combination of wishful thinking by the politically correct, deceit by those who are racists and deceit by the MSM which regurgitates what both have said as the way things are.

              What this should say to us is that we have been deceived for many years as to the true composition of the American people. A subset is and has been racist, they just haven’t had such great platforms as the GOP and Fox News before nor the opportunity and motivation of having a black president.

  4. KQuark says:

    Awesome article Adlib and so true. The president simply does not win when race becomes an issue we saw that at the end of the primaries. People tend to become tribalistic and the white tribe at least for a decade or two out numbers the other tribes. The best thing he can do is get his agenda passed and show results. Right now it’s too early to show results even the early signs are the economy is getting better. We can’t ignore the positives too. This is the first western democracy to vote for an ethnic minority. This proves people will come around if things get better. The biggest thing Dems need to watch out for is a hate backlash during the 2010 elections and not lose Congress but instead vote more progressives in Congress. Otherwise we simply will not have enough time to pass a real progressive agenda.

  5. Jenuwin says:

    Excellent Ad Lib! (Although, don’t knock a fried turkey, until you tried one!)

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