I’ve been looking for a way to share this clip with you for several days. Thanks to the folks at The Political Carnival* for making it easy.
I’d never seen Rachel Maddow’s show before. I actually do not watch the news on purpose, so the Shirley Sherrod scandal was “old news” by the time I’d heard about it.
What Rachel points out in the video is how white people are being manipulated for political gain. Day after day, you are being given a multitude of reasons to be afraid. Afraid that someone, mainly (and conveniently) black people are taking away what belongs to YOU.
It’s not a new strategy.
What gets me is that it still works.
White people, worked up by fears, will become distracted by the rhetoric that what “they” believe in is being assaulted and someone has to stand up for “them.” This distraction allows us (ALL of us) to support political candidates and causes that in the long run actually hurt us.
Think about this: If you got worked up about the gay marriage issue and voted accordingly and are now unemployed, I doubt you are thinking too much now about Adam and Steve getting married.
If you bought into the “cut and run” crap, you may be thinking that the billions of dollars spent for a war that many see as unnecessary, may have been put to better use in supporting Main St and rural America initiatives.
The distractions keep you afraid.
As long as they keep you afraid, you keep them in power.
And our country stays divided.
We all need to wake up and realize that any strategy, any campaign, any candidate that is playing to your FEARS, does not, I REPEAT, does NOT have your best interest at heart.
They are USING you.
You are nothing more than a pawn in a power grab.
Black people are not your enemy.
Muslims are not your enemy.
Peace advocates are not your enemy.
Gays are not your enemy.
YOU are your own worst enemy.
Stop it NOW.
If you want to “take back your country,” stop falling for this bullshit.
You are smarter than they give you credit for.
Start acting like it.
And as always, I would love to hear your thoughts.
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