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Hugo Chavez
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« on: October 16, 2008, 06:15:44 AM »

The latest newsletter by an Inland Republican women's group depicts Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama surrounded by a watermelon, ribs and a bucket of fried chicken

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« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2008, 06:29:29 AM »

The latest newsletter by an Inland Republican women's group depicts Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama surrounded by a watermelon, ribs and a bucket of fried chicken

I'm not defending this, but this is a stereotype, isn't it?  Are stereotypes racist?  Mexicans eat tacos.  Is saying so racist?
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« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2008, 06:51:15 AM »

Absolutely meant to be offensive.
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« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2008, 07:08:50 AM »

Hey, at least it's not from our elected officials and self-proclaimed "leaders. Seems the only ones that are playing the race card are these people.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008 4:00 PM

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PITTSBURGH — U.S. Rep. John Murtha says his home base of western Pennsylvania is racist and that could reduce Barack Obama's victory margin in the state by 4 percentage points.

The 17-term Democratic congressman tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in a story posted Wednesday on its Web site that, as he put it: "There is no question that western Pennsylvania is a racist area."

He says it's taken time for many Pennsylvania voters to come around to liking Obama, but he should still win the state, though not in a runaway.

In a separate interview posted Wednesday on the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Web site, Murtha says Obama has a problem with the race issue in western Pennsylvania that could shave 4 points off his lead in the state.

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Jesse Jackson: Obama Will 'Ignore Zionists'

Wednesday, October 15, 2008 12:58 PM

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Jesse Jackson is back, and that may not be good news for Barack Obama.

The Chicago-based civil rights leader made the front pages of Israeli newspapers today after he told an interviewer that Obama’s presidency will remove the clout of “Zionists who have controlled American policy for decades.”

The comments, contained in a New York Post column Tuesday, drew immediate rebuke from some Jewish groups and the Obama campaign. Appearing at an event hosted by the World Policy Forum in Evian, France, Jackson said that an Obama administration will shake things up in the Middle East.

“Decades of putting Israel's interests first” would end, said Jackson, who stressed he was only speaking as a supporter of Obama, not the campaign. “Obama is about change. And the change that Obama promises is not limited to what we do in America itself. It is a change of the way America looks at the world and its place in it.”

That apparently didn’t sit well with the candidate, who right now is worried a bit more about his place in the upcoming election. Obama’s supporters are mobilizing to reassure elderly Jews, who are concerned about his Muslim ties and his previous statements supporting Palestinian rights, that the Democrat will remain a strong supporter of Israel. American Jews, an overwhelmingly Democratic constituency, are a key demographic in Florida, a battleground state.

“Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. is not an adviser to the Obama campaign and is therefore in no position to interpret or share Barack Obama's views on Israel and foreign policy,” Obama national security spokeswoman Wendy Morigi said in a statement dismissing Jackson’s “false charges.”

“As he has made clear throughout his career and throughout this campaign, Barack Obama has a fundamental commitment to a strong U.S.-Israel relationship,’’ the statement said. “As president, he will ensure that Israel can defend itself from every threat it faces, stand with Israel in its quest for a secure peace with its neighbors and use all elements of American power to end Iran's illicit nuclear program."

Regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Jackson said that President George W. Bush “was so afraid of a snafu and of upsetting Israel that he gave the whole thing a miss. Barack will change that," because, as long as the Palestinians haven't seen justice, the Middle East will “remain a source of danger to us all.”

The American Jewish Committee (AJC) immediately condemned Jackson's remarks.

“Rev. Jackson's remarks, which appeared in an interview with the journalist Amir Taheri in today's New York Post, echo classic anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about Jewish power,” AJC Executive Director David A. Harris told The Jerusalem Post. “This statement, regrettably, is not the first troubling comment by Rev. Jackson regarding Israel, Zionism and the Jewish people.”

“As poll after poll has revealed, over a span of decades, the United States is deeply committed to Israel because the vast majority of Americans, Jewish and non-Jewish alike, identify with Israel as a proven friend and ally,” said Harris. “It is this commonality of shared values and shared interests, and not Jackson's conspiratorial notions of power, that unite Israel and America,” Harris said.

This isn’t the first time Jackson has embarrassed Obama. Last summer he made news when he criticized the candidate for talking down to his black supporters in front of a live mike as he awaited a television interview. The minister said that he was so mad that he wanted to castrate Obama.

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« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2008, 07:42:35 AM »

I'm not defending this, but this is a stereotype, isn't it?  Are stereotypes racist?  Mexicans eat tacos.  Is saying so racist?

Yes this is steriotypical banter. Saying "Mexicans eat Tacos" is not. Calling some one a fried chicken/watermelon/taco etc, eating fool depending on their ethicity maybe taken as a racist comment. Depends on the audience I guess.

I am offended at the attack not necessarily the depiction.

The world is full of racists/racism and there is not much we can do about it. Shameful yes, is there a remedy yes but until humanity rids itself of ignorance there will always be a racist lurking somewhere in the dark.

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« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2008, 07:44:04 AM »

I don't know about racist but its making a racial stereotype that may be funny to some and offensive to others.  If it was released by the campaign, it would be out of line.
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