In his column on CNN, Roland Martin tries to tell voters not to vote for or against someone because of the color of his skin. That's his point and the reason to write the column. The problem is - that to make his point he cannot help but expose his own view of everything through a color of a person's skin.
CNN: Commentary: Race, age, gender are taboo in election
One of the most intriguing conversations I had at either the Democratic or Republican convention was with a white labor leader from Ohio.
I can't remember his name, but he made it clear that he is going all around the Rust Belt state looking his white union brothers and sisters in the eye and essentially shaming them into supporting Sen. Barack Obama for president.
Nice start, a white guy - I can't remember his name. Switch the colors and see if it sounds racist to you.
No, he's not saying vote for the black man for president because he's black.
He said he's telling them that it's shameful that as Democrats, they agree with him on various political issues, but because of his skin color, they are refusing to cast ballots for him.
Shameless lie. Democrats aren't supporting Obama because he's black?! This guy lives in dreamland of racial hatred, and wants us all to feel "ashamed" for his delusions.
"We have gone to our black brothers and sisters for years to support our [white] candidates, and it's wrong for us to stand here and not support one of their own, even though we're Democrats," he barked.
There is nothing more in-your-face than to hear someone speak truthfully to the inherent racism that is at play in this election.
If it's such a "truth", then why is the Obama campaign (CNN "employee"), come up with imaginary nameless people? The only racism in this campaign is from guys like Roland Martin, and from people who will vote ONLY BECAUSE OBAMA IS BLACK!
For all the talk about inclusion and the historic nature of this campaign, the true tribal feelings of so many people will come into play, whether we want to admit it or not.
I don't want to read further. I'm not saying this guy is stupid, simply a liar and a racist with a nationwide stage given by CNN. CNN - The peddlers of racism and advocacy for Obama.
Couldn't help it, read further, more racism:
Because Sen. John McCain is 72 and would be the oldest person to be sworn in as president, there is a lot of dialogue about how old this white guy is, and how wrong it is that he's running. Age questions also have been raised about the 47-year-old black guy from Chicago and whether he is too young and inexperienced to lead.
What kind of a person says "this old white guy"? This white guy, that black guy... this person has no views, only color of a skin to think of. He's saying it's everybody else saying that - funny thing, it's him who's saying it, not others.
So what do we do when it comes to our tendency to follow group identification?
1. Stop dancing around the topic. When you watch TV and hear folks talk about Wal-Mart moms or small, rural towns, they are talking about white Americans. These catch phrases never include African-Americans or Hispanics.
Argument #1 - stop talking about white people, Martin cares about non-whites only.
2. Confront bias where it is. Ask your friends, neighbors, co-workers and church members who they are voting for. When they give you the "I really can't put my finger on it" line, then press them. Hard. You know the real answer, so don't beat around the bush. The best folks to challenge Americans on their hang-ups regarding age, race and gender aren't the AARP, NAACP or NOW. It's Y-O-U. Don't give in to the "That's the way I was raised" mantra. When someone suggests that flags and faith show that a candidate isn't one of us, drill down
Advocate for MY candidate. Call them racists and tribalists. If they don't vote my way - it's because "That's the way I was raised mantra". Drill down, Martin is shameless.