This I personally just find sad. I’m not one that usually likes to pull the ‘race card’ because I think it is overused. As an historian though I have studied and seen a lot of the caricatures that have been used throughout American History to stereotype African-Americans. Monkey’s have been the favorite animal of racists over the years to poke fun at and demean blacks. To make a sock puppet monkey to poke fun at Obama is just despicable. Whether he wins or not he has shown that America is still a progressive country where anyone despite their color or creed can succeed, and he should be commended for that. There are plenty of areas in which Obama can be reasonably attacked politically, and there is a certain amount of criticism that any political candidate has to endure, but reverting back to the racial stereotypes of the 18th Century isn’t it. I guess this is a sign that the general election has started and this is something that will become more prevalent. Maybe I should be glad. The more crap like this that comes out, hopefully, the more impetus it will give those of us to vote, and help push America forward into a new era. Hopefully. Why not send these people an email and let them know how you feel.

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~ by Perpetual Memory Loss on June 12, 2008.

5 Responses to “Unacceptable!”

  1. ~indescernable~

    bystander: WHat did hey say!?

    Mr. Johnson: He said, “the Democratic Presidential Nominee is getting NEARER!”

  2. Haha, btw thanks for the video link.

  3. No problem, I am a huge Obama fan. I have been since 2003, when he started ramping up his bid for the U.S. Senate seat. I really think these people spreading the rumors are ultimately shooting themselves in the foot by exposing how either stupid or racist they are. It does disappoint me to see that maybe we haven’t come as far as I thought regarding race relations. The doll is a perfect example that we haven’t. I am not worried about Obama though. He seems above all that, and he expresses that well. My biggest problem is that I live in Chicago. I could vote AGAINST Obama a hundred times and he would still win this state by a landslide. My vote will be largely symbolic. It really was amazing to see him speak to 75,000 people in Portland. I saw him speak in a parking lot across the street from me a couple of years ago in front of about 200 people. Amazing. By the way, the rumor about the Portland rally was that 75,000 people actually showed up to see the Decemberists. I’m not saying they are a bad band, but 75,000!?

  4. Sorry for the typos, I am watching the Cubs game and they are going to give me a heart attack.

  5. Well so far everyone that has used those tactics against him have lost, so it would seem to be the least prudent approach. It would be much better to attack his policies and his records, but the Republicans are still using Karl Roves’ tactics. While the doll is disappointing I have to keep reminding myself that these people are the vast minority and not the majority. This is their last thrashing gasp before their ways become even more of a thing of the past. It hurts and it’s embarrassing at times, but it’s just the pains of growth and progress.

    I didn’t hear that one. I find it hard to believe that that many people would show up to see the Decemberists. I mean 75,000 is usually reserved for the big bands like the Rolling Stone or something like that.

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