Monday, October 20, 2008

Wise words from Colin Powell

By now everyone who isn't living under a rock has heard of Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama--his explanation is very eloquent but even more his wise words about not confusing and equating Muslim Americans and Arab Americans with terrorists is a bucket of ice water that we need on the anti-Islamic rhetoric that keeps popping up.

[tip of the hat to Poplicks & for a link to the image that Powell references, click here]

P.S. Yes, I know I promised a real post about inter-racial dating taboos, and it is coming, but it is too tempting to post these videos, especially because the political junkie in me just can't resist.


Anonymous said...

Is it about race?
Only one person knows for sure…and that’s Powell.
Powell claims that he’s not happy with the “rightward shift” of the Republican party.
Any merit in his accusation???
Listen to Republican Senator Michelle Bachmann
Click to watch Senator Michelle Bachmann’s interview
So...what do you think??. Is Powell just imagining things?

Michelle said...

AMEA (Association of Multiethnic Americans) , a co-founder of mixed heritage center wants a link. Please!

And we are looking for help in building AMEA. ( Yes, volunteers.) That includes someone to redo our website!!!! Looking for a newsletter editor too. Plus, we need other mixed race groups to join us in a cohesive national voice.

Do you know that AMEA is the only mixed race organization to sit on the US census burea so mixed race people do not get forced to choose one? Do you know AMEA is the only mixed race organization to sit on the media image coliation? ( It is our say in mixed race people and families portrayal in the media). Do you know AMEA in conjuction with the BFN ( Biracial Family Network) gave away 2 scholarships this year for Biracials and or transracial adoptees? And we hope to continue in the future. And AMEA with help, including, put on the Loving Conference to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Loving decision.

Keep up the good work or should I say blog.

Michelle M. Hughes

AMEA board member

P.S. Feel free to contact me directly about things in the Chicago area. For example, BFN is planning a big New Year's Eve Party.

Jennifer said...

Michelle, thanks for the plug about your association, although leaving a comment about this specific post would have been nice, but I do understand that you are looking for some recognition.

Norris Hall--I'm going to reserve the bulk of my comments for a future post and link to an Op-Ed piece that Frank Rich recently wrote, but I suppose a few questions of my own come to mind:

*What do you mean by "Is it about race?" are you implying that Powell's endorsement of Obama is based on the fact that they may share a racial identity? In which case it does beg the question of why we don't ask this question of every white politician endorsed by another white politician.

*What do you mean by "accusation"? Wasn't he simply asserting his opinion? Why do you see it as an "accusation"?

*Bachman does seem to confirm the worst in a neo-McCarthyism--so I would agree that it does also confirm Powell's assertions that the Republican party has taken on a "rightward shift."