Thursday, August 6, 2009

America's Double Standard

***WARNING: I find the graphics in today's post disturbing, but worth posting in order to make a point. Proceed at your own risk. ***

I want to know why this:

and this:

Went relatively uncriticized, unsensationalized, unnoticed,
while this:

is being called racist, mean spirited, dangerous.

What the hell, America?! I DID vote for Bush, but I did NOT like him by the end of his term. At all.
I did NOT vote for Obama, but I DO think that he is trying his hardest to do well. I think he WANTS to do well. I do NOT think he IS doing well. I think that his severe lack of experience has reared it ugly head a few times too many already. But we have a few more years under this man's leadership, so you better believe that I am praying fervently for him to START doing well.
I also believe that since we do live in America, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but these cry babies fussing about the Obama poster are really illustrating their own double standard when it comes to dishing and taking criticism about their candidate.
Oh, and let's not forget this poster of McCain:

Pretty accaptable, huh?


joannabug said...

I think all of those are icky! I hadn't seen them before.

This doesn't justify a double standard, but I think people react differently to the Obama poster because of the complex history of black-face/white-face minstrelsy.

I think the resemblance is incidental, but a big red mouth was part of that tradition, and in the late nineteenth-century/early twentieth-century, that kind of make-up job was used with song and dance in a combination that was used to deliberately dehumanize or denigrate African-Americans.

So, I don't think ANY of those pictures are helpful for political understanding, but I can sort of see why someone would have a gut reaction to the Obama poster because of a complicated history (that may have nothing to do with the intentions of the author/creator of that poster). Does that make sense? You're seeing it in the context of contemporary pictures that are equally distasteful, but someone else may be seeing it from the perspective of the way African-Americans have been depicted in art and culture historically. (I just know some of this back story from studying music history)

♥ Teresa ♥ said...

I was stopping by from SITS, just to show some comment love! Hope your weekend is awesome!


Teresa <><

ebers79 said...

Ya know, I totally agree, these are vulgar images. I have been wrestling with leaving a comment on this one or not. But as I can't shake it, I can't keep my mouth shut. But then, Americans have kept silent for entirely too long, and now this is where we find ourselves. What is it going to take for this country to wake up and find their voices? The hypocrisy within the government as a whole, the media, and, both the Dems and Reps is disturbing.

Why is it called "art" when they published the "joker Bush" on Vanity Fair last year. And when an independent artist does Obama as a joker labeled as a socialist, it's racist, mean spirited, etc? People showed up over the last 8 years to protest Bush and held signs calling for his assassination. And yet, there was little to no coverage or outrage over this. On the flip side, people show up at Tea Parties to say "hey, we disagree with what is being done in the government, and our voices need to be heard..." and they get labeled as racists, Nazis and compared to Timothy McVeigh. Ironically, the direction the Dems are trying to take us is very similar to the way Hilter's Germany came about.

We are Americans. We are of all races and backgrounds. We have a Constitution that is being disregarded as irrelevant... and for the sake of my child... I hope we all wake up and realize that the government is meant to answer to us, not the other way around.

Sorry for the rant Lisa, I better stop now... cause the list is long. Thankfully, we are all welcome to our opinions. :)

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

Popping in from SITS and these photos obviously caught my eye.

All I can say is that I'm praying for our country.

It's all too scary.