Perspectives on Race

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Chris Matthews

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Yesturday i was watching a video online and it was about a msnbc new anchor by the name of Chris Matthews. After President Obama had finished giving his State of the Union speech, Matthews made a suprising remark. He said “I forgot he was Black for an hour”. Although i don’t agree with the way that Matthews made this statement i understand where he was coming from. He stated that he was so captivated in the way in which Obama was discussing the problems that were going on with this country that he forgot the fact that it was a black man standing in front of all of these white people. It really shows how far we have come as a country for a black man to be giving the State of the Union address, but i wonder have we as a people forgotten the significance of what Obama has done already. Have we gotten to the point in America were we have begin to accept the fact that the we have a Black president and pay it no mind anymore or have we just forgotten the significance of us having a Black president.


Written by bmcdaniel91

January 28, 2010 at 4:16 pm

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  1. I think that Americans have both views on the matter: they have either forgotten that our President is black or they have just accepted it. I do not think that people have forgotten the significance of the United States having our first black president, but I also don’t think the fact that he is black should always be an issue. I would like to know when he can just be considered our President rather than our black President?


    January 28, 2010 at 8:30 pm

  2. I also do not think that America has forgotten but more of the fact that America just wants him to be the president, no matter his race, and do his best to fix all the problems the country is facing. The fact that he is black is still very significant because hopefully his presidency will help to diversify just the kind of people that lead our country. Me and my friend were watching and we noticed the obvious fact that the majority of people there were old, white men and we agreed that our country needs to be lead by a more diverse group of people.


    January 29, 2010 at 1:27 am

  3. Referring to the topic of your blog, its most likely that Chris Matthews said a statement like because of the African American stereotype that all of them are ignorant and uneducated. Apparently its still a view that many hold. Its surprising he didn’t get fired, although the extent of his statement wasn’t nearly as grave, most of the time that’s what happens like with the lady that said the only way to catch up to tiger woods would be if he was lynched.


    January 29, 2010 at 6:39 am

  4. I think his comment goes back to old stereotypes of blacks. Apparently Matthews cannot equate intelligence with being black. Maybe you have to imagine a black man is white to appreciate his intellect. I don’t think he was trying to make a reference to the racial gains our country has made but simply revealing his own racial stereotypes.


    January 29, 2010 at 9:07 pm

  5. I believe that Matthews expressed his idea of most black men when he made this comment. Apparently he believes that most black men are stupid, and that they can’t speak in public. No matter what anyone says it cannot be justified, and personally as an African American I am sick and tired of people believing that black people cannot be smart. People don’t need to forget that President Obama is black. I guess for a quick moment Matthews believed that President Obama was white for those few moments. It just pains me that people will never stop making these types of comments about him, and just simply show him some respect as the President of the United States.


    January 29, 2010 at 9:18 pm

  6. Would this not be considered a step in the right direction if Matthews had said something similar to “Race was not a factor in my mind when I watched the President speak?” People seem to be forgetting that the statement may have come out wrong, as Matthews himself said it did. Not that everyone who apologizes truly means it, but both sides of the argument need to be addressed – anyone who is in favor of racial equality should understand what’s fair and what isn’t. I personally see no evidence that Chris Matthews had a racist intent in his statement, but that doesn’t prove anything either. I think anyone who is not acknowledging the fact that there are multiple interpretations that can be made of this quote, anyone who is jumping to the conclusion that Matthews must be racist, is being ignorant and excessively defensive.


    January 31, 2010 at 4:07 am

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