Friday, October 24, 2008

[53] black

A friend of mine and I have been discussing Barack Obama over myspace, and today she sent me a video about Obama's citizenship. Now, I don't mean to insult her in any way because I have no problem with opposing viewpoints and our debate has nothing to do with our friendship. My problem is that I'm fed up with the blatantly racist tactic that people are using to shut down Obama. This is not a political rant. It is a rant of a mixed race woman who has rarely ever felt belittled because of her race, but suddenly feels that a formerly silent portion of the U.S. wishes her kind didn't exist.

The first sign that I wasn't going to like what this video had to say was that one of the sponsors of it was a website called Appealing to racist sentiments much? Seriously. Obama can't help his name. If he had changed his name from John Smith to Barack Hussein Obama, maybe I could see a bit of an issue. However, that's not the case. His parents named him. Deal with it.

Anyway, one of the key points that the guy in the video made was that when Obama moved to Indonesia for four years, his step-father was Muslim. Who the effing hell cares? For one thing, Obama is NOT a Muslim and never has been. Like his name, he didn't choose his father's or his stepfather's religion. Secondly, being a Muslim DOES NOT MAKE YOU A TERRORIST. In Marin County, where I spent my teen years, there were several prominent Muslim families. I took classes with them, hung out with them, played sports with them. None of them ever expressed any anti-American sentiment. And when the tragedy of September 11th occurred my sophomore year of high school, they mourned alongside the rest of us. Video I took that day confirms that, and I bet that there are many out there who would demand to see that before believing for one second that Muslim and American aren't mutually exclusive terms. Third, his stepfather's religion is completely irrelevant to the point he's supposedly trying to make. While he says he's trying to point out Obama's not a citizen, it sure sounds more like he's trying to show that Obama is a Muslim. Otherwise, why mention it? Religion has no bearing on citizenship.

The man in the video claims to be a staunch democrat, yet he praises John McCain. It'd be one thing to say, "Look, I'm not a fan of McCain but this Obama guy is off his rocker." Then I'd believe the whole non-biased angle they're trying to pull. But there IS a bias. The guy is an out-and-out McCain lover. The fact that he has to repeat several times throughout the video that he is a democrat shows that he's worried his support of McCain is utterly transparent. Why is he supporting McCain? Because Obama is a Muslim? He didn't mention any of his policies, so that's the only thing one can assume.

The man claims that Obama lost his citizenship when he moved to the Philippines and therefore cannot be president. McCain, on the other hand, was born in Panama but is eligible for presidency. Now, I know that being a military brat you're entitled to that, but that's not the point. The constitution states that you must be a "natural born citizen" of the United States. Whether the Philippines recognized Obama's U.S. citizenship or not, he was still born in the U.S. You can't be unborn from a place. I don't know what legal nonsense he's pulling up to argue that case, but it's bull. The constitution doesn't say it. Even if somehow that held any water in the original constitution, or it turns out that Obama wasn't, in fact, born in the U.S., in 1975 the constitution was amended to say that "the children of citizens of the United States that may be born beyond sea, or outside the limits of the United States, shall be considered as natural born citizens." A constitutional amendment put in place a year after McCain's birth is the only reason that he can consider himself natural born as well. The fact of the matter is that John McCain was born abroad but is white, Obama was born here but is half black and descended of a Muslim. MOST of the videos I've watched lately have emphasized more the Muslim issue than any policy issue of Obama's.

Now, keep in mind, I am not an ardent supporter of Barack Obama. I like him better than McCain, but I'm not a fan of politicians and Obama is a politician. McCain, though, has done nothing but continue stirring the pot of racial tension, knowing that it galvanizes a quietly racist community of Americans who are ignorant enough not to question the assertion that Muslim = terrorist; or even the equally false assertion that Obama = Muslim.


Moore Musings said...

yeah... it hurts my heart to see what is coming out of the woodwork this election season. :(

Kyle Ray Booterbaugh said...

yes i agree, Obama's race should have nothing to do with this election. But Obama didn't help that case either. I heard just has much about the color of his skin from his mouth as I did any other person. In fact more than his political opposition.

Race shouldn't be an issue and nobody should be bringing it up including Obama.

BenboBaggins said...

well said.