Are we crossing too many boundaries in this race?

Race 2012: A Conversation About Race & Politics in AmericaI am completely overdue, we are two days away from the elections and I just got my post together. While some are voting early, others are facing voting restrictions and long lines in Florida, due to the elimination of Sunday voting before the elections and a Republican law that effectively shortens early voting from fourteen days to eight. Thank you Governor Scott, that was very smart of you then, wasn’t it? Many others still without power, are picking up the pieces from Sandy, and while Governor Chris Christie and the President are caught in a mutual admiration( some say Christie is looking to run in 2016- well, whatever his reasons) for each other, I have been talking to friends and family all over the country. Their observations and opinions are so interesting and diverse, but a common thread lingered after each talk, and it was about a basic lack of respect. Many of my posts in this race 2012 blogging project are about finding common ground, trying to work together and the idea of cultivating vision for a better future. With what may be my final post on Race 2012, I wanted to blog one more time and add my two cents worth to the issue of race and boundaries.

My feelings these days are ambivalent… I haven’t felt much like blogging and I don’t have a lot to say. For, somewhere along the way, after three debates, much campaigning and many ads, I have lost something. I can’t seem to find it, or find the words to describe it. It is akin to feeling let down. By whom you ask? I don’t know. However, here is what I have been thinking –  whatever your party affiliation is, respect for yourself and another human being, irrespective of race or background, is above all, important. Sadly, I have not seen much respect. A war of words is to be expected, but racially motivated signs, decals and t-shirts are not.  For me, at least, politics should be based on decency, healthy disagreement and a general respect for your opponent. When George Bush went to war and Bill Clinton had his ( we still love him, you can admit it) indiscretions, it was never quite as mean-spirited as it is this time around. I really don’t like the trend of um, addressing the President or his office disrespectfully, and talking down to him as if he didn’t belong in the White House. It doesn’t matter who has the title or the office, the person who leads this country- until the results of the elections reveal otherwise- should be treated with honor, even though you might not agree with his policies. One of things I found quite disconcerting was when a friend mentioned being taken aback, not surprised, though, at a t-shirt someone was wearing at a rally. It said ‘Put The “white” Back in the White House‘ and another saw a decal in Arizona, which  said Vote For The Real American- Mitt Romney. I don’t know what it means to you, but to me it means, people are thinking in terms of race and not in terms of performance. I feel as though too many boundaries have been crossed now and there is no turning back. A lack of respect, of decency and of kindness is a poor reflection of character, and I have seen a lot of it, these past few months. From all types of people – ordinary, political and the media. While there is a left and right and even a middle, disagreements are common, but a blatant use of derogatory language is unacceptable and irresponsible. I don’t even know if it is possible, but do you suppose we can come together and celebrate our differences, not just on the surface but deep down, or does this recurring theme indicate that we are too far gone? What say you?

Please check out my blog pal Monica Medina’s page for a list of bloggers and their posts on the race 2012 blogging project :http://monicastangledweb.com/the-race-2012-blogging-project/

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9 thoughts on “Are we crossing too many boundaries in this race?

  1. Very interesting post. You raise good points. It is about race, and this is probably the most intense race ever. All polls indicate just how close it is. I worry about President Obama, still out on the trail, losing his voice at all those rallies. President Clinton, too. I do worry how those affected by Hurricane Sandy will vote.

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    • I write as I feel, and sometimes it is hard to be objective Monica, um, when I heard about the slogans and the t-shirts( there’s clearly plenty more out there), I thought, here is what’s different about these elections. It shouldn’t be like that, but it is what it is and it saddens me when someone says they want to take a swing at the President and their parents( who are running an honest race or so they say) don’t apologize. I didn’t see any of these things in the previous elections, no matter how much they disagreed.
      I too worry about those affected by Sandy and the possibility that they might not vote at all, and then all those voting restrictions in Florida and I just saw something on the news about some controversy in Ohio or was it Iowa? too many things happening with just two days to go.

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      • I am so completely appalled, I have no words Monica. I missed this post somehow. Oh my, I am just saddened and horrified at the same time that people have this much hatred and so much insecurity over color. Of course it exists, it’s just in California it’s rare, or so I thought, until recently, but that’s another story. I just didn’t think it would take having an African American president to bring out the worst in humans. How wrong am I?

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      • Oh, it’s crazy out there. Racism thrives. There’s a town east of mine, filled with skin heads and that’s right here, in California. They’re out there and they are frightened about the fact that they are becoming a “minority.” This is new to them and this is how they’re fighting it. Perhaps they think a white, Republican president will put a stop to immigration once and for all, and the rest of us will self-deport. They don’t want to just take the White House back. They want to take back the whole country.

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  2. I profess to know nothing about American politics only that reading Put the “White back into the White House”…I mean really??? Slanging matches and insults and racism run abundant it seems. Our politicians are just as bad over here. I do the ostrich thing and bury my head in the sand for one is no better than the other. Why can’t all politicians stick to the simple facts of wanting to run a country without the need for slurring one another. It’s shameful, childish and pitiful, but unfortunately it happens everywhere.

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    • Mumsy, you know, we are meant to be a progressive nation. None of that right now. It is deplorable the way people in certain states have delayed minorities from voting, made changes to the hours of voting ,so people traveling from a far couldn’t get to a booth on time, made them stand in line for hours and of course, the racial slurs just continue. It really is shameful. These elections were all about black vs. white, rich vs.poor. I hope the President can heal the division, so we can get on with the real problem in the country – the economy.

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    • Awww Mumsy you are such a love. Have been away with just my books. Thank you for the nomination( hugs and kisses) I really need to get my act together and nominate my favorites for this award too. Am catching up with all your posts 🙂

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