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White Like Me

Last Tuesday was, indeed, a historic day, as so many have noted. America went to the polls, and chose inclusiveness and diversity, and embraced a demographic that has suffered terribly.

I am referring, of course, to Joe Biden.

On Tuesday, America had a choice between Sarah Palin and Joe Biden for vice-president, and -- in a decision that will go down in history -- chose Biden.

My heart swelled with pride to see my own identity -- the white European-ancestry male -- be embraced and entrusted with such high office.

For about half my life I've listened as my compatriots were vilified, denounced, and excoriated for what seemed all the sins in the universe. "Dead European Males" were, it seemed, the source of all evil in the world -- and people like me, their descendants and look-alikes, were being asked to atone for their sins. We were the ones called upon to make sacrifices, to give way, to make accomodations, to give up our "historical places of privilege" to those our ancestors -- with no consultations with us, their posterity -- had exploited and repressed.

We were the world's bad guys. On TV, in movies, everywhere we looked we were the heavies. We were the neo-Nazis, the business tycoons, the titans of industry, the serial killers, the rapists, the pedophiles, even down to the doofus dads. Some of us even thought about investing heavily into genealogy to find some trace of non-European ancestry so we could renounce our heritage.

Well, that day is no more. With the election of Joe Biden, we white males have been shown that we, too, are a part of America, a part of the future, and a welcome one.

This is not some proclamation of superiority, though. This is merely a celebration of acceptance, that we are full and equal members of American society, that we truly belong and are welcomed and embraced as equals.

The day Joe Biden was elected as the 47th Vice-President of the United States was, indeed, a great day for our nation and our healing our past rifts. And it will only be affirmed on January 20, when he takes the oath of office, representing not just himself, not just his party, not just his race and sex, but all Americans. Even us balding white males.

I just may weep tears of joy on that glorious day.


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Jay,You are starti... (Below threshold)
Cockroach:

Jay,

You are starting to sound like David Duke.

Jay TeaYou are bei... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Jay Tea

You are being quite racist you know. :)

Hahaha...great post Jay!!</... (Below threshold)
Jamie:

Hahaha...great post Jay!!

Leave it as it stands and it's RAAAACIST!!!

Change a couple names and details, and it's a message of hopeychanginess over the election of the "post-racial" candidate.

The really sad part of last Tuesday's election is that individuals and their decendents who fought and marched to ensure that they would "not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character" voted en masse for a gentleman based solely upon the color of his skin.

So Jamie, you personally sp... (Below threshold)
JFO:

So Jamie, you personally spoke to all those people? You have the ability to read their thoughts? Oh that's right you're wearing a tinfoil hat. Jackass.

Maybe, one day, Joe Biden w... (Below threshold)

Maybe, one day, Joe Biden will be President...of the Hair Club for Men!

That was funny Jay. It only... (Below threshold)

That was funny Jay. It only took until comment #1 for you to demonstrate again that liberals don't do satire.

JFO, look at the percentage... (Below threshold)
Jamie:

JFO, look at the percentage. Do the math.

Shit-stain.

Yup Mr T there's nothing li... (Below threshold)
JFO:

Yup Mr T there's nothing like an oppressed white, anglo-saxon protestant male.

(Tongue in cheek)

Ref #3. If you would have r... (Below threshold)
Allen:

Ref #3. If you would have read some of the exit polls, only 19% of the voters said they voted for Obama because of race. It was never asked what % voted against him because of his race.

Jay, great post, as I can agree with the hair loss, European ancestors, etc. And I don't think it was a bit Racist. I though it was great humor, and a lot of truth, and yes, very funny.

Allen, according to 'some' ... (Below threshold)
Kat:

Allen, according to 'some' liberals, those 58 million who voted for McCain voted against the obama because of race. Why else would anyone have voted for McCain. /sarcasm.... because liberals don't get it

How can I discuss this with... (Below threshold)
Candy:

How can I discuss this with delicacy... I might not get another chance to bring up what I THOUGHT was a racist comment made by Jay Tea this morning...a man who I have known for over a dozen years, who has never uttered a racial epithet in my presence...

...when in fact, it was completely harmless...

...he called and said "What do you think I woke up to in my living room at 1:45am?" When I hesitated, he said what I thought was a racially horrid comment toward folks who reside just south of the border. I repeated it twice incredulously, and when he realized what I thought he said, he replied with...

..."No, I said a WET-VAC! The apartment above me had a pipe burst and it was filling my living room with water!"

The great thing about sarca... (Below threshold)
Cockroach:

The great thing about sarcasm is we can do say anything we want, even call call black people the N word if we really want to. And when the libs cry racism we just reply its sarcasm, were not really racists (wink, wink). Aint sarcasm great?

JFOSo Jam... (Below threshold)
Larry:

JFO

So Jamie, you personally spoke to all those people? You have the ability to read their thoughts? Oh that's right you're wearing a tinfoil hat. Jackass.

You do recall the interviews Howard Stern (no friend of conservatives) did, yes? You do recall the Peggy Joseph interview, yes? You didn't buy the reasoning of Colin Powell, did you?

JFO, don't be so sensitive. It is really ok that blacks voted for a black. After all, it was historic, right? And after all, as a black, he would take care of blacks, right?

OpinionLos Angeles T... (Below threshold)
mountainaires:

Opinion
Los Angeles Times
Obama's post-racial promise
By Shelby Steele
November 5, 2008

Barack Obama seduced whites with a vision of their racial innocence precisely to coerce them into acting out of a racial motivation.

When whites -- especially today's younger generation -- proudly support Obama for his post-racialism, they unwittingly embrace race as their primary motivation. They think and act racially, not post-racially. The point is that a post-racial society is a bargainer's ploy: It seduces whites with a vision of their racial innocence precisely to coerce them into acting out of a racial motivation. A real post-racialist could not be bargained with and would not care about displaying or documenting his racial innocence. Such a person would evaluate Obama politically rather than culturally.

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-steele5-2008nov05,0,6553798.story

I'm not at all sensitive ab... (Below threshold)
JFO:

I'm not at all sensitive about it Larry. But the idea that blacks voted for Obama only because he is black is incredibly ignorant. It presumes that a particular group lacks the ability to make critical judgments. Of course some people voted for him because he was black but to presume to know "why" someone voted for a particular candidate is ignorant.

Would you say the same thing about whites if the role was reversed? And how did Jesse jackson and Alan Keyes fare in their runs for the presidency?

Do I buy the reasoning of Colin Powell? What a silly question coming from you Larry. Why on earth wouldn't you accept his reasoning. I'd ou think as a military hero and veteran of Vietnam that you would think he is a man of honor. (Is McCain the only vet who is a "man
of Honor"?) Did you think he was not a man of honor when he was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and Secretary of State under the Bushs'? I doubt it. I'm amazed at that question Larry.I thought you were a little more open minded than some of the hard righties on this blog.

Did you think he was ... (Below threshold)

Did you think he was not a man of honor when he was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and Secretary of State under the Bushs'?

Interesting point. I did think he was a man of honor up until the revelation that he (Powell) knew during the entire Plame investigation that one of his staff (Armitage)was the leaker.

Not dislosing that revealed just how venal Powell could be.

Personally....I love white ... (Below threshold)
mag:

Personally....I love white males...past and present...I think you guys are great...and gave the world much to be proud.

I know not all were good, some were very evil, but overall you are special in my eyes.

I did think he was a ma... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

I did think he was a man of honor until... Powell has always been proficient at cover-ups and not pursuing evidence which would be against his and his superiors best interests..He has been a career gopher since Vietnam...

But Powell's peripheral role in the My Lai cover-up did not slow his climb up the Army's ladder. After the scandal broke, Powell pleaded ignorance about the actual My Lai massacre.

Luckily for Powell, Glen's letter also disappeared into the National Archives -- to be unearthed only years later by British journalists Michael Bilton and Kevin Sims for their book,' Four Hours in My Lai'

Hm. I know you're being fun... (Below threshold)
Parthenon:

Hm. I know you're being funny here JT but I think there's a serious point wrapped up in there. White males (and occasionally females - Catherine of Aragon, etc.) from the age of colonization to the age of independence were indeed responsible for many of the ills in the world, being the dominant group and the one benefiting most directly from those other region's integration into the world market economy.

However you have to make some allowances for era, and people generally behave according to the standards of their time, which tend rather heavily to be produced by the economic situation of the time. People forget that slavery was outlawed in Britain right around the time of industrialization (thus giving skilled, free labor a competitive advantage), and the United States industrialized a generation later, and surprise! No more slavery. People forget that by modern standards Abraham Lincoln was pretty racist.

That's not to say slavery wasn't horrendous or there wasn't an opposition of conscience (quakers primarily, IIRC). Only that the world's a complex place.

Hey guys I found a (link de... (Below threshold)
Cockroach:

Hey guys I found a (link deleted) all of you will find hilarious. Remember, none of it can be called racist because it's all done as satire.

Won't that be something? An... (Below threshold)

Won't that be something? And when this happens, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Caucasian spiritual:

Play that funky music, white boy!

Here's some (link deleted) ... (Below threshold)
Cockroach:

Here's some (link deleted) you guys will really love. Remember, its just sarcasm?

I just may weep te... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:
I just may weep tears of joy on that glorious day.

Especially when he opens his mouth again on Jan 20. That's bound to make real history for "Dead European Males" world-wide. Very funny, Jay. You've got a great sense of humor.

P.S. I'm really sorry what... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

P.S. I'm really sorry what happened with your apartment, Jay. Hopefully there isn't too much water damage and you can restore you're living comfortably.

I can top that just a little bit. The manager in my building was doing hurried repairs next door and "managed" to set the place on fire. Ended up having to move as a result. That was a couple of years ago.

Cockroach. How abo... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Cockroach.

How about warning folks before you link racist crap like that.

Some of us access this site from work and can get fired for going to sites like the crap you linked.

ASS.

Cockroach. Ho... (Below threshold)
Cockroach:
Cockroach.

How about warning folks before you link racist crap like that.

Some of us access this site from work and can get fired for going to sites like the crap you linked.

ASS.

They are only satire. Whats the big deal.

Satire or not, cockroach, no links to Neo-Nazi sites here. Say good night, as Olaf's Hammer plays "squish." --J.

Hey retired military, not t... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

Hey retired military, not to worry.

Soon the uuhhhhh Messiah uhhhhhhh N uhhhhhh Chief will fix the economy, you'll be at home with a guvment check in hand (other than your mil retirement), and you won't worry about the oppressive facists of american business unreasonably firing you for such innocent actions.

Retired Military,C... (Below threshold)
Cockroach:

Retired Military,

Can you explain when racially offensive humor crosses the line from being merely satire to being racist? I ask you because its not very clear to me.

What was racially offensive... (Below threshold)

What was racially offensive about what Jay wrote?

He pointed out some very true stuff... such as the way that white males are blamed for everything bad in the whole world.

And somehow that's supposed to be okay.

Somehow it's not supposed to bother young men to be portrayed as evil because of their race.

Can you point out how a satire illustrating this is "racially offensive humor?"

retired military is right, ... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

retired military is right, Cockroach. Had I viewed those images at work, and had a curious system administrator peeked into my cache, I would lose my job and possibly be charged with a crime (Canada hates free speech, blah blah blah).

It's called tact, dude. You don't have to shock people with shit like that to make your point.

Can you explain wh... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
Can you explain when racially offensive humor crosses the line from being merely satire to being racist? I ask you because its not very clear to me.

It's the historical context that has something to do it. For example, whites playing blacks (blackface) is usually considered racist, but there are some recent exceptions. Black playing whites (whiteface) is usually seen as funny. There's nothing funny or satirical about KKK or Neo-Nazi groups.

Given the historical context, the pride of blacks in the election of a black as President of the U.S. is certainly understandable. If Obama being President inspires young blacks to stay in school, that's a huge benefit to the black community and the nation. If Obama being President inspires blacks to accept that they are equal members of this society, that's a huge benefit to the black community and the nation. If Obama being President helps blacks accept what Bill Crosby has been telling them that's a huge benefit to the black community and the nation. If more blacks find that they can now say the pledge of allegiance, well that's good for the nation.

As a conservative, I pay attention to the lessons of history, and history was made with the election of Obama. Now we'll see how well he does leading this nation through the hard times that may be coming. That won't be easy given that he will be held to the standards the left invented for Bush.

retired military:</p... (Below threshold)

retired military:

Don't waste your valuable time on cockroach. He or she obviously has missed the point once again.

hyperbolist:

Thanks for calling cockroach out on his or her lack of tact. +1, bro.

Tom B. I think you give Hyp... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Tom B. I think you give Hyper kudo's for something he did not do. He did not put Cockroach down for using hate sites to make a point, but that someone can get in trouble if accessing them at work. I for one would put down anyone going to these sites no matter where they are at the time. ww

Damn Hyper agreed with me. ... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Damn Hyper agreed with me. Next thing you know we will be singing kumbayaya.

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Cockroach

If it has to be explained to you why that site was offensive than there really is no hope for you.

White males are great; as l... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

White males are great; as long as they know their place.

(on the serious side some ... (Below threshold)
MF:

(on the serious side some may not be aware of this) My friend was telling me that the Irish in the US were considered second class citizens when the blacks were slaves. As bad as slavery was he said his heritage was told at least there was a purpose for the slaves. The Irish were treated very badly in America.

I am so glad our country has progressed. I am just pred. against the extreme people.

ps enjoyed your article Jay. Sorry about your apt. Hope things are going better for you.

WildWillie:Maybe s... (Below threshold)

WildWillie:

Maybe so, but it's a step in the right direction.

Hyper, +1 for you. Excellen... (Below threshold)

Hyper, +1 for you. Excellent point.

Now that we're all so post-... (Below threshold)
twolaneflash:

Now that we're all so post-racial, can we examine the man's lack of character? As a mostly-white (1/8 Cherokee) male over 60, can I spend the remainder of my life not being looked upon as the white devil responsible for the misery, historical or presently self-induced, of every black on the planet?

When New Orleans was built in the fever-ridden swamps, black slaves were too valuable to sacrifice digging canals and levees. My Irish ancestors were not only plentiful, they were expendable. There was no OSHA or union to establish workplace standards. When one Irishman collapsed and died, another was hired at subsistence wages to replace him.

My Cherokee ancestors survived the Trail of Tears, seeing their lands and lives ripped away for America's first gold rush.

The history of America is one of abused races and nationalities. Which one is being abused changes from time to time. Blacks were in the barrel for a long time, and are still a few generations from letting themselves be out of it, victimhood being so rewarding and all the way it is currently structured in our government and politics. I don't think Obama has helped "his people", or white Americans, forgive America for past wrongs. People who nurse injuries get gangrene of the soul, and when it is a whole segment of society, they sicken the nation. America was not well before the election, and has taken a turn for the worse.

If you want to P.O. an Obam... (Below threshold)
LouisianaLightning:

If you want to P.O. an Obama supporter, correct them when they say Obama is the first BLACK president, by responding actually he's the first MULATTO president! For some reason that seems to infuriate them.

its sarcasm notwithstanding... (Below threshold)
peabody3000:

its sarcasm notwithstanding, this post goes to show how completely the neoconservative frame of mind can miss the point

"Mulatto" is like "Oriental... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

"Mulatto" is like "Oriental": just because lots of people think it's okay to refer to people with these words, doesn't make it right. I'm not one for enforcing political correctness, but I see no reason not to be politically correct when there is no point in doing otherwise.

WildWillie, I would never put someone down for using hateful images to make a point--so long as they're pointing out that a) hatred exists; and b) it's sometimes shockingly horrible. However, I would appreciate a disclaimer so that I don't click on a site filled with images celebrating the death of famous black civil rights activists, all drawn as ape-like caricatures. The gut-punch reaction the site should generate isn't a bad thing, but the possible consequences of having that shit on a computer puts some responsibility on Cockroach or whomever to ensure that people understand what they're pointing their browsers at before doing so.

And I like that you tried to call me out for telling the guy off, because I wasn't sufficiently stoked about censoring someone. Aren't you one of the twits constantly ridiculing me for living in a country with hate speech tribunals?

Not I El Hyper Man. I was f... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Not I El Hyper Man. I was facinated that canada would not let satellite dishes in your country for some time. Wow! Iran and Iraq have a freer system.

I don't think any of the gross, vile hate sites should be seen. I dispise their existence. Even to make a point, it is over done. People who are educated do not need pictures to make a point. Words will do. I guess you need pictures or so it seems. ww

Oh, well, we were going to ... (Below threshold)
Rich Fader:

Oh, well, we were going to have a mentally-disabled resident in the VP's House anyway. If McCain had won, it would have been Trig Palin. Since Obama won, it's Joe Biden.




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