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“How Racism Works”

Posted on: September 9, 2008

We are proud to re-post this Letter to the Editor at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram by Kelvin LaFond, Fort Worth

How racism works

What if John McCain were a former president of the Harvard Law Review? What if Barack Obama finished fifth from the bottom of his graduating class? What if McCain were still married to the first woman he said “I do” to? What if Obama were the candidate who left his first wife after she no longer measured up to his standards?

What if Michelle Obama were a wife who not only became addicted to pain killers, but acquired them illegally through her charitable organization? What if Cindy McCain graduated from Harvard? What if Obama were a member of the “Keating 5”? What if McCain was a charismatic, eloquent speaker?

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.

— Kelvin LaFond, Fort Worth


4 Responses to "“How Racism Works”"

What a magnificent letter — it says it all. Having grown up in a small Texas town and called “ni**er lover” when we moved from Kansas to Texas in 1957 (segregation was still the rule) I remember the fist fights and name-calling when I questioned the logic behind segregation and all the ‘separate but equal’ crap, and that’s just what it was — and is. Racism is still barely under the surface there and in the rest of the country. This letter also reminds me of the last trial scene in the movie “A Time to Kill” when Matthew Matthew McConaughey’s said to the jury, “Now imagine she’s white…” and then there was “Gentleman’s Agreement” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” and so many more attempting to address this sad default in our national character — and we have so much trouble addressing it. I have come to believe it can only be addressed by each person looking deep within themselves to find the source of the racist hate and dealing with it. Where does it come from? What is it’s origin? But that is really hard to do, and that is why we as a people keep trying to avoid it. Having been raised in a bigot household myself, I can attest to how hard it is. But it can be done. And I have a lot of respect for Obama having stood up and addressing the issue of racism head on early in the campaign. Yet it is the 800-pound gorilla in the room still. But I really feel Obama has the courage and wisdom to lead us through all the tough questions and tough times ahead of us and help bring us out better on the other side.

You think this is racism? You are wrong.

This is the “what we are guilty of, we blame you of” NeoCon cognitive dissonance.

How is it that they can be guilty of anything and get away with it by downplaying it or “confessing to God,” But a Democrat is ruined instantly?

You don’t have to be black – look at John Edwards or Don Siegelman.

No redemption for guilty Democrats – Instant redemption for Republicans – Instant guilt regardless of the facts for Siegelman and off to supermax isolation – meanwhile, where is Karl Rove?

No Racism is too simplistic an answer – it is worse than that.

There is a blurring of corrupt criminal politicians and corrupt criminal corporations (especially the colluding media) and their lackeys – this is government / corporate organized crime, to steal, to lie, to cheat, to rig the game you didn’t even know was being played until it was too late.

No, this is Fascism.

Time to start listening again to Pink Floyd – “All you need to do is follow the worms.”

Fantastic, spot-on, and very sobering, letter. Thank you. I’m distributing this widely.

What do they call the person who graduated in last place at medical school?
Ronald Reagan versus The man from Plains, who has “lust in his heart.”
Keating 5 – Cleared
Eloquent- Jesse Jackson
Reality like beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
If the statements in this editorial were so “rational” then I fail to see that there was much thought put into them.
If these rational statements are true about “racism” then how do you explain the results of the last election when two ‘white” men were running? You cannot tell me that racism played a part in minimizing the accomplishments of John Kerry over the “good ole boy” who “found Christ”.
Stop trying to put labels on everything surrounding this election. Pay attention to the issues and the candidates remarks, not the pundits!

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