My wife received an email from a friend recently that had been forwarded to her and God only knows how many other people. It was the latest in the Obama hate campaign which probably originated in Arizona and has since prospered. It is completely wrong, of course, and that is what I told the person who sent it. It may have pissed this woman off since I have had no reply so far, but friend or not, these people have to be stopped from this reckless forwarding of emails.
Further, I said to her: “it is the unrestricted spewing out of this kind of crap that has given Arizona the title of the most racist state in the country. And having lived in many parts of the South, this is saying something.” What is most disturbing about this vicious email is the self-effacing approach used by the propagandist in an attempt to convince readers the President has somehow mistreated his Mother. Here’s the way it starts”
“The character of any man is defined by how he treats his mother as the years pass…Need I say more about this person below other than there is no character, no integrity…But there is a ton of attitude and arrogance that defines his shallow past and hollow future…I rest my case.”
To imply that Barack Obama had anything but the greatest love and highest admiration for his Mother can only come from one who is mentally challenged and at the same time a certified bigot. The fanatic goes on to quote from two of Obama’s books, The Audacity of Hope and Dreams From my Father. FactCheck.org “found that two of the quotes are false, and others have been manipulated or taken out of context.”
Racism from another viewpoint: The Tea Party:
More from FactCheck.org:
Misleading e-mail: From Dreams of My Father: “I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother’s race.”
Actual quote from “Dreams from My Father”: Nothing like this quote appears in Obama’s books.
Doctored email: Misleading e-mail: From Dreams of My Father: “I never emulate white men and brown men whose fates didn’t speak to my own. It was into my father’s image, the black man, son of Africa, that I’d packed all the attributes I sought in myself, the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, Dubois and Mandela.”
Actual quote from “Dreams from My Father” [pg. 220]: Yes, I’d seen weakness in other men – Gramps and his disappointments, Lolo and his compromise. But these men had become object lessons for me, men I might love but never emulate, white men and brown men whose fates didn’t speak to my own. It was into my father’s image, the black man, son of Africa, that I’d packed all the attributes I sought in myself, the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, DuBois and Mandela. And if later I saw that the black men I knew – Frank or Ray or Will or Rafiq – fell short of such lofty standards; if I had learned to respect these men for the struggles they went through, recognizing them as my own – my father’s voice had nevertheless remained untainted, inspiring, rebuking, granting or withholding approval. You do not work hard enough, Barry. You must help in your people’s struggle. Wake up, black man!
“And finally………and most scary,” as defined by the missionary of hate, Obama’s supposed quote, “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.” Following is FactCheck’s version:
Misleading e-mail: From Audacity of Hope: “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”
Actual quote from “The Audacity of Hope” [pg. 261]: Of course, not all my conversations in immigrant communities follow this easy pattern. In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans, for example, have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging. They have been reminded that the history of immigration in this country has a dark underbelly; they need specific assurances that their citizenship really means something, that America has learned the right lessons from the Japanese internments during World War II, and that I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.