I Forgot Obama Was Black

“I Forgot Obama Was Black” – Chris Matthews

Why are we Prejudice? A Google search, finds that racial prejudice is a social disease, rearing its ugly head in fear, intolerance & hatred, underlying cause, ignorance.

(Possible Enlightenment)

Long ago humans evolved in different parts of the world, once the giant leap was made from primitive brain to a critical thinking one. Some say animal to human brain. If that were the case and it happened in a moment’s time… Some human-like creature probably shouted “HEY, IT JUST HIT ME, I AIN’T AN ANIMAL NO MORE!” Today, some of us won’t accept that we are part of the animal kingdom,

BUT WE ARE!

(Unless we evolve into veggies, good possibility for some.)

Back to my point, since human evolution occurred in different places on
our Earth, climate was the main factor on appearance. Cold climates beget light skin (sun far away – less pigment melanin). Hot climates, you get the point. It’s a simplification of people’s differences, but since I started thinking this way, I see people’s outer diversity, in terms of places their heritage evolved. Really helps with the “Intolerance Thing”. Now, if I could only find a way to be tolerant towards… THOSE HUMANS WHO REFUSE TO THINK? thinkingblue

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Matthews’ remark exposes complexity of ‘transcending race’

AP – Hardball host ‘forgets’ Obama is black

Mixed reaction to Obama’s speech Reuters AP – by JESSE WASHINGTON, Thu Jan 28, 5:09 pm ET

Five little words — “I forgot he was black” — have exposed a contradiction in
the idea of a post-racial nation.

The comment came from MSNBC host Chris Matthews after President
Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech Wednesday.

“He is post-racial, by all appearances,” the liberal
host said on the air. “I forgot he was black tonight for an
hour. You know, he’s gone a long way to become a leader of this
country, and past so much history, in just a year or two. I mean,
it’s something we don’t even think about.”

The staunch Obama supporter meant it as praise, but it caused a
rapid furor, with many calling the quote a troubling sign that
blackness is viewed — perhaps unconsciously — as a
handicap that still needs to be overcome.

Apparently, Matthews forgot to ask black people if they WANT to be de-raced.

“As a black American I want people to remember who I am and
where I come from without attaching assumptions about deficiency
to it,” said Dr. Imani Perry, a professor at Princeton’s
Center for African American Studies.

Although she thought Matthews was well-intentioned, she found his
statement troubling, because “it suggests that if he had
remembered Obama’s blackness, that awareness would be a barrier
to seeing him as a competent or able leader.”

“The ideal is to be able to see and acknowledge everything
that person is, including the history that he or she comes from,
as well as his or her competencies and qualities, and respect all
of those things,” Perry said.

That’s a very different vision of “transcending race”
— a consistent theme of Obama’s political history —
than one in which race has disappeared altogether.

“It’s important for us to remember that everyone has a
race,” Blair L.M. Kelley, an associate professor of history
at North Carolina State University. “When you say we’re
going to transcend race, are white people called on to transcend their whiteness?”

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LIBERAL AND PROUD OF IT! “Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear.” - William E. Gladstone
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