Last night’s chat took an interesting turn, taking us to a place that’s still got my attention. We were discussing Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan. Here are the key chat lines on which I’d like to focus. I’ve removed the extraneous stuff that was not part of this line of conversation. I’ve also inserted my commentary in italics.
Anon6417: Leave the woman alone, hispanic, Apafrican American or martian….if she has the education, experiernce to do the job, let it be.
Mind you, this was the first reference to race made in the night’s chat.
MidwestMadWoman: beacuse this is obamas nomination she will get a skate….a republicans nominee would be picked apart
Anon6417: Oh I get it, if it was a Bush follower than fine it would be okay?
Thomwhite: Obama’s previous pick was picked apart. Kagan is earning a lot of respect from Republicans, who say her answers are respectable.
Illinoispam: Sonia SotoMayor was picked apart.
Anon6417: Sonia SotoMayor is the sh*T!
Anon6417: Let OUR People rule!!
This, and other comments, made it clear that Anon6417 is Hispanic.
MidwestMadWoman: the people need a bigger voice in my opinion
Anon6417: So what are ypu saying? NO Mexican American can do the job or have a big voice?
No, that’s not even remotely what she’s saying. This comment is out of left field!
Thomwhite: Wait. When did this turn racial? I’m lost.
Me, too. Wait, you are me! Or, I am you?
Anon6417: Arizon needs a a$$ beatiing for doing what they did
Anon6417: You all know it is all about the color of the skin whenn it comes to politics
Anon6417: Tell the truth now!
Um, the truth isn’t that it’s ALL about the color of the skin in politics. It is for some, but I wouldn’t say so for the majority.
Anon6417: If a white man was president now, Pres Obam would not be gettting the blame for things he had nothign t do with.
Illinoispam: That doesn’t make sense.
Anon6417: My father was illegal….
Thomwhite: Actually, I disagree with you on that one. It’s a political party thing much more than a racial thing.
Anon6417: Ya riiiiight
Anon6417: okay I will let you believe that
Thomwhite: The Democrats blamed W. for everything and now the Republicans are blaming Obama. It’s like that for every president.
Anon6417: And so they should blame his dumb ass
MidwestMadWoman: politics are politics
MidwestMadWoman: a dumb ass can be any color
MidwestMadWoman: just as a politician can
Okay, Anon6417 is Hispanic and the son or daughter of an illegal immigrant. I would be surprised if Anon didn’t experience racism firsthand, so I understand the perspective from which he or she is operating. However, race was not at all a part of the conversation until Anon made it so. My mind is trying to wrap around this concept, that this is somehow reverse racism. No one else in the chat brought up race. Anon was the first and carried it through the rest of the conversation. Isn’t his or her cry of “racism” a form of racism itself?
Posted: July 1st, 2010 under 6:30 Live Chat.