Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Glenn Beck

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I have recently come across an article about Glenn Beck’s top ten dumbest quotes (http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2479786/glenn_becks_top_ten_dumbest_quotes.html?cat=9). While I expected them to be dumb as hell, what i didn’t expect to see was a lot of racist things he has said. It has become obvious to me after reading these quotes that Beck is obsessed with being some kind of great defender of the white man. He tries to make claims that people in our government are out to get the white man, or that there is some kind of revenge tactic that the targets of his rants are planning or carrying out for the years of oppression they have endured. Beck, a real class act, compares Al Gore to Hitler and then says that stem cell research is the modern day Nazi Eugenics while hinting that Obama is striving for a Hiter-esque “Final Solution. He also says that Justice Sotomayor is a racist. I think that he is really talented in that he is able to indecently and naively frame his fear and hate mongering in a way that his loyal viewers don’t seem to notice.

Written by mwgoulet

April 29, 2010 at 5:21 am

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What Will We Do Now?

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Now that I have learned all these tools to combat modern racism and racial thinking in America in this class I am left asking myself, “What am I to do now?” I am an ally to the fight for racial progression now so what do I do? After much pondering I have decided to try to make more of an impact in my surrounding social environment. I think that when it comes to the topic of promoting equality in our society that there is no room for laziness. Doing nothing only promotes the status quo and helps our adversaries in this movement. Groups like the KKK and Neo-Nazis, while extreme, are so small because racist people really don’t need to be a part of a group to keep racial change at bay. They have the easy option of doing nothing because doing nothing is what keeps racial discrimination, stereotypes, and hatred in the picture. We, as the progressives, must actually do the walking. We don’t have the option to sit on our heals in order to make change happen. We, as blacks, hispanics, asians, white allies, and so forth have to let people know in our everyday lives that people’s attitudes are not going to abide racial comments, or discriminatory attitudes. We have to get off of our asses, so let’s move!

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April 29, 2010 at 5:10 am

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When Will Racism Be Over?

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Of course this is a ridiculous question. I came across an interesting piece of satire in the form of a blog (http://racismisover.blogspot.com/) which became a book!(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_vc6YZveObuE/S5VtvEcPs9I/AAAAAAAAAN4/e_lMdm-Albc/s320/Obamistan+Cover.jpg). This blog, Racism Is Over, chronicles satirically the events in the writer of the blog’s life as well as notable things that happen in pop culture that affect Damali Ayo’s life. If you want a quick laugh, it is definately worth a read. If you become angered at some of the authors blog postings/ stories, that may be okay as well. Sarcasm is obviously the main undertone in these postings but she gives the impression that even though these stories are serious, things like this happen everyday and it is okay to laugh at the ignorance of some of our fellow Americans along with Ayo. Anu, guest blogger and a Native American, says in a blog, “I got so sick of people asking me, “are you Asian Indian or Native American Indian?” Huh?”. I definitely lol’d, as the kids are saying. I am definitely subscribing.

Written by mwgoulet

April 29, 2010 at 4:57 am

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Are Tea Partiers Racists?

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In my humble opinion, this question, as it has been asked in the parlance of this presidency, is not quite correct in its phrasing. I don’t believe that all tea partiers are racists but I most certainly think that the average tea partier is more likely to be racially motivated. I think that the tea parties, while being formally under the guise of fiscal conservatism and outrage over the state of our economy and the percieved lack of fiscal responsibility on the part of Barack Obama, are most certainly, to a certain extent, racially charged by some of their members. There have been extremely racist signs, placards, and propaganda directed at the Federal Government, specifically Barack Obama at these events. One man was carrying a sign with the N word on it (http://washingtonindependent.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/teapartypic.jpg). I challenge you to find another public event where this kind of sign would be accepted. Although I don’t agree with fiscal conservatism, I think that the idea of the tea party is legitimate but the organizers of these events really need to be reminded of who their supporters actually are. Also, the conduct of participants at these things should really be monitored a lot more, that is, if they don’t people to know that there are a lot of racists at these events.

Written by mwgoulet

April 29, 2010 at 4:41 am

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Is UF really diverse?

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Even though UF has a diverse student body, where is the diversity in the faculty and staff? I have only had a few instructors that were minorities and I have yet to have a Black female as a professor. I remember reading in the alligator awhile back that a former woman professor here at the University was fired, and she wanted to sue the school for discrimination. This incident and what I see on a daily basis makes me question if UF really is diverse.

Written by eclass08

April 27, 2010 at 10:27 am

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Lack of Black programming

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I once read a debate about why Black Entertainment Televison (BET) exists. The author stated that there was no need for BET, and it made Black people seem hypocritical since Black people want integration, but having a seperate network does not promote that. I agree that having BET is not promoting the idea of integration, but at the same time there really aren’t that many Black shows on any other networks. Most of the Black sitcoms such as Girlfriends and Everybody Hates Chris, have been canceled. The re-runs to these shows and others come on BET. People propose that BET be eliminated but they don’t take into consideration the fact that other networks need to start showing more shows that include a African American cast.

Written by eclass08

April 27, 2010 at 9:46 am

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Hate group on Facebook

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As much as we try to believe that America has come a long way as far as racism is concerned, we still have a long way to go. I was bored one day and way just browsing through groups on facebook when I discovered this group called F**k the Haiti Earthquake. The group consists of people who believe that donating money to Haiti is unnecessary. I have never seen so much ignorance in one spot. In fact, the group made me sick to my stomach. One person wrote on the wall “Great group guys. Haiti relief is such a bunch of bulls**t. The money could be spent better over here.” It’s groups like these that show we need to be addressing racial issues, so that hateful groups like these don’t continue to be created.

Written by eclass08

April 27, 2010 at 8:27 am

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