A Huge Disconnect

Some of us spend a little time wallowing in the mud of a “mommy blog” entitled The Stir. Intended to evoke images of sitting around the table drinking coffee and chatting with a bunch of girlfriends (hence “the stir” – stirring milk into your coffee), it more often turns into a judgmental brawl as liberals and conservatives, Helicopter Moms and Free Range Moms, and Lactivists and Normal People launch attacks against one another.

I tell you this to frame the following… On Thursday, MSSC put an article up on his Facebook page. It was a Politico piece entitled Obama Announces 2012 Launch of “African-Americans for Obama”. On the same day, The Stir published a piece about a study written up on the Huffington Post. The piece was called “Apparently Prejudice and Racism Really Are the Result of Stupidity”. In that post, the blogger goes on to say how this study “proves” that Republicans are stupid bigots who are scary and should never, ever be trusted with any kind of leadership position.

Does anyone else see a disconnect here?

Honestly, there are two aspects of that first piece that really irked me when I read it. The first, obviously, was the fact that our sitting president, the “First Black President” the “post racial President”, etc., is forming a racially-exclusive group to help elect him. Racist? Of course not. He’s a Democrat. Democrats are too tolerant to be racist. The second thing that irked me was an innocuous little mention in the second-to-last sentence of the piece. It mentioned that the campaign is looking for “Congregation Captains” to help organize this effort.

Excuse me? Congregation Captians??

If the stupid, prejudiced, bigoted, religiously extreme Republican Party formed racial groups in churches and named “Congregation Captains”, you can bet your last 27¢ that the Left would be screaming “racism” and “separation of Church and State” like Gomer running across Main Street yelling “citizen’s arrest!!

Why is it ok, then, for the Democrats to do this? Why is nobody screaming about Obama being “divisive”?

Am I just being naïve here? Or are we so sold on the notion that was popular when I was in college that certain races or groups of people “can’t be racist/prejudiced”, that we simply accept that as fact?

What the heck is going on??

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12 Responses to A Huge Disconnect

  1. mssc54o says:

    Just a quick note.

    You missed one glowing criteria. GOP is typically thought of a white male. Inky white males can be racist. All other races are incapable of racism.

  2. SKL says:

    Well, yes, you must know that racism is only possible if your skin is “white.” It’s obvious to anyone with a brain.

    Obama is probably the most overtly racist president we’ve had in my lifetime. But that’s OK because he’s in the “oppressed” class. Or, he claims to be.

    As for the study on intelligence – or anything else they talk about at the Stir – I have very little patience left to even argue with it. It’s born in bias and boosted by more bias. It really amazes me how people can fail to see who’s really being stupid here. And to be honest, even the conservative blogger on that site often seems to go out of her way to appeal to the extreme folks on “our side.” While I love a good argument, I must say I don’t miss that site.

    The double standard in favor of Obama is as obvious as the day is long, but people are still afraid to say anything about it. Understandable when you see how liberals gang up on anyone who dares to step one tentative toe on the wrong side of the line. The Komen thing this past week. The way they practically dropped dead over Elton John playing at Rush’s wedding. Lawsuits over failure to offer transgender changing rooms, boycotts, nurse-ins – how dare anyone have an opinion. This is also why it is so hard for black or woman conservatives to move up in politics. Clarence Thomas was an ogre, but Bill Clinton was sexy.

    Just for fun, though, I think I’m going to click on your link and see if I can work up some outrage at the Stir like old times.

  3. Joy says:

    This just makes me sad. When I read that the other day on Michael’s FB page, it just made me sad. Who would say for all “African Americans to vote for me?” How long will this constant “non issue” go on? When I heard Whoopi Goldberg talk about her mom voting for the first time in her life in the last election, I knew AA voted for him just because of race but if a white person said they didn’t like him, they were racist. How does that work?

    I’m really afraid racism will never be over. People don’t want it to be over. Then there won’t be any excuses. When I didn’t like Clinton nobody called me a racist. Then I was just a republican.

    *shrug* I just don’t get it.

    BTW, Gomer Pyle really made me LOL!!!

  4. SKL says:

    So I clicked on your link and got a chuckle. That blogger sure was wearing her IQ on her sleeve, wasn’t she? Ha ha.

    Since my family is all high-IQ, I guess I don’t have to worry about us being racist. Though I guess if we have any doubts, a vote for Obama would surely make us smarter, no?

    The actual study showed that stupid people tend to be prejudiced. That’s kind of a no-brainer (again, did my tax money pay for this research?). Leave it to the Stir to stretch that to mean that I’m stupid because I don’t want to pay more tax or kill babies. Ugh! (PS, stupid people don’t generally pay taxes!)

    I’d love to see a study done on how many studies are redundant and how many of them actually lead to some improvement in the welfare of mankind.

    • Laura says:

      One of the commenters pointed out that the “study” was actually based on another one done in the UK, but that apparently THAT study was all kinds of faulty. So it kind of defeats the blogger’s whole argument.

  5. starlaschat says:

    For years I’ve heard about this “Other Blog” I’ve never known where it was or what the name was it always sounded like a lot of fuss and drama. At times I’ve wondered a little bit like what is this imfamous Blog? What goes on over there? Still I don’t know if I will take a gander or not sounds like alot of back and forth on topics.

    • Laura says:

      *some* of the stuff over there is fun. They do some fashion stuff, and a lot of “mommy” stuff, although lately, the “mommy” stuff is all about how we’re killing our kids by the simple fact that we exist. The political stuff, you can take or leave. It used to be that there was one conservative writer, but they’ve added one other who seems to have a level head, but most of their bloggers are very heavily left-leaning, and have no problem working the snark into about anything they write.

      • starlaschat says:

        I like that “working the snark into about anything they write” Thats funny. Well, that’s good that there is some fun stuff over there as well. I think it’s probably good to have a place to talk about heated topics.

    • Joy says:

      I agree with Laura. Some of the stuff is fun. Others, not so much. It also depends on everyone’s moods and emotions. It also depends on who’s doing the writing because most of them have a definite “tone” about them. It’s really funny but I didn’t go there for a long, LONG time because I couldn’t stand one of the bloggers there and now she’s one of my favorites. It’s also a good place to vent sometimes. You can push “things” a little further when you don’t “know” anyone.

      I really don’t go there much anymore. Just if I’m really bored. I forget about for weeks and then I’ll go for days and then not go for weeks again. I’ve also found some really good recipes there.

  6. Nikki says:

    I’ve never understood this. I hear all the time, “We need to end racism.” When in fact, more times than not, it’s the African Americans making it an issue. How are their “Black Colleges?” What if someone built a “White College?”

    How can Obama say that, and it be okay?

    I don’t know where we went wrong.

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