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The Angry Black Woman blog offers an interesting and powerful take on Lt. Dan's demeanor toward Barack Obama during Friday's debate. As this political season has been belabored by racial undertones, innuendo, and even subliminal presentations the points raised nojojojo in this post are plausible. I urge all Sojourner's to read The Subtext of McCain's Anger.


Not so long ago in this country — within McCain’s adult lifetime, though not Obama’s — white men did not look at black men, except to order them around or warn them off white women. They did not address black men directly if they could help it — and if they had to, it was never done in a way that might suggest respect. Black men did not look at white men either, because that was the shortest path to death; a black man who dared to look a white man in the eye was “uppity”. Didn’t know his place. Needed to have a lesson taught him, usually with a bullet or a length of rope. Even today there’s a certain kind of white man — usually older ones from the South or from wealthy backgrounds — who still won’t accord a man of color the simple courtesy of looking him in the eye. They’ll look everywhere else, address “the air” rather than the person, and get progressively more irritated if that person doesn’t back off and go away

Much obliged Renee of Womanist Musings for the hook-up on this.

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Obliged to you for hearing me, and now old SjP ain't got nothing more to say.

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6 sojourners hollin' back

Didn't find your ecard widget today...could be the lack of caffeine for me though.

OMG - this is SO right on target! I didn't get to see the debate live, as I was working. Between that and Palin's interview with Katie Couric, it scares me to think that that pair could get into the White House.

September 29, 2008 at 10:29 AM

@ Kentuckygal, Good looking out! Much obliged! It's back now.

We just have to do everything we can to make sure that doesn't happen.

September 29, 2008 at 10:53 AM

That was a good observation although I hesitate to tie it in with old time racism, I just think the dude is mad as hell.

September 29, 2008 at 7:15 PM

Thanks for the shout out. I believe that when one of the sisterhood speaks some righteousness the way ABW did we have a responsibility to share it.
Race is something that has played such a huge part in this election. As POC we have a responsibility to call it out. Whites have a tendency to say they did know something was racist while the whole time acting in support of the white supremacist state. Some behaviours have become so naturalized that unless we actually we stop an pause we don't see the racism inherent in the behavior. One I recently pointed out was the idea of Palin as a wilting flower that needs protection. White women can see the sexism but not the racism. You see black women are never constructed as the wilting flower because socially we are seen as the ultimate anti-woman best of burden.

September 30, 2008 at 3:06 AM

It's interesting that my husband made the observation before I did. Then, at the same time, I'm not surprised.

Just last night, I was watching the old "In the Heat of the Night" movie with Sidney playing the role of Mr. Tibbs. Still, not much has changed, they're just using new ways to administer the same old medicine.

But I loved how Sidney was able to accomplish his goal despite being literally spat upon by the entire police department. This is a movie that should be used as a model for the young black male to remind them...You are strong, you are intelligent, invincible and wise!

McCain never thought this would happen in his lifetime; therefore, he's so pissed, he can hardly stand it. He was also sending a clear message to his camp...this is how you continue to treat the likes of these.

He just doesn't understand...he just doesn't get it...times are changing.

September 30, 2008 at 6:52 PM

@ Clnmike, but you got to admit that it's (racism) is a plausible reason. He wasn't this mad when he lost to dumbo 8 years ago...

@ Renee, I'm with you on the sharing tip and that was certainly worth the share and h/t. Much obliged again. Here's a blog post is another example of white women seeing sexism but not racism.

@ Jacqueline, all I can say is "They call me Mr. Tibbs"!

October 1, 2008 at 3:12 AM
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