This is my most favorite post on the internet – Obamavoter.txt

So, Obamarama Megathread, I come to you with a story you might like.

I was at a Halloween party Friday night that fluctuated from 25-40 people during the night. This is in a VERY conservative part of Florida, and basically everyone at this party except myself and my girlfriend is at the very low end of the socioeconomic scale, Wal-mart workers, Waffle House waitresses, etc. We are all sitting out in the backyard of my sister’s place with a roaring fire and all the food and alcohol you could hope for and then some motherfucker has to bring up politics.

Can you imagine who these people are voting for? I think you can. So for the next two hours or so, I took on all comers, and won, constantly, every single time. With my trusty laptop computer I proceeded to prove every single bullshit claim about the Senator’s policies wrong.

“He’s going to take what I have and give it to others!” fucking OWNED.
“He’s going to destroy small businesses!” fucking OWNED.
“He’ll surrender in Iraq and lose all we’ve gained!” fucking OWNED.
<just about any other policy question you can think of> fucking OWNED.

And so, once they had exhausted all possible policy arguments against Senator Obama, it was time to pull out the racism and lies. But your humble correspondent was more than ready, and again it was time for people to get fucking OWNED.

“He’s a ‘secret’ Muslim!” fucking OWNED.
“He’s a communist!” fucking OWNED.
“He’s friends with terrorists!” fucking OWNED.
“He changed his last name from Osama to Obama!” fucking OWNED.

At long last, there was only one fellow still standing against me, a late 20s/early 30s Navy guy who had not dared to face me directly all night but who I had seen whispering shit to other people, who I then proceeded to fucking destroy.

Now, I don’t want to make too much of this, but I want you all to understand just how bad-rear end this scenario really is. For 2 hours, 2 solid hours, I’ve been standing in front of this flickering fire taking down all comers with calmness, dignity, and aplomb. I’ve convinced 10+ of these people to vote for their own and their country’s fucking self-interest this election instead of voting based on fear being sold by assholes. And now, at long last, their chief himself steps up.

I am not making this up. Every single person at this party is now looking at the two of us, and from the remaining McCain people there is a palpable air of “Oh, shit, our Navy guy is about to rip his shit up!” It’s like the end of a Dragonball Z episode or something. This is what happens, nearly verbatim.

Navy Guy: “You’re going to vote for a man who isn’t even a fucking AMERICAN!”
JS: “What do you mean?”
NG: “He wasn’t even born in America! He had to renounce his American citizenship to go to his Muslim school in Indonesia! He’s not even a citizen!”
JS: “First of all, you’re wrong, and second of all, he was like 4 years old. You can’t renounce your citizenship when you’re 4 any more than you can sign a legally binding contract. But that doesn’t matter, because Senator Barack Obama is an American who was born in Hawaii.”
NG: “Aw, bullshit. Go ahead and vote for someone who’s not even an American.”
JS: “So, you are certain about this? That a serving United States Senator whose background has been investigated probably more thoroughly than any other man in the history of the entire world has somehow managed to hide the fact that he is not even an American citizen? Is that what you are saying?”
NG: “drat right.”
JS: “And you are sure about this?”
NG: “One. Hundred. Percent.”

I have you now.

JS: “Then let’s put our money where our mouths are.”
NG: >bright-eyed “confrontation grin” begins to crack< “What do you mean?”
JS: “Well, you’ve made a pretty vicious slander against Senator Obama, and you’ve claimed you are certain it is true. I can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that it is not. So how about this. If you aren’t completely full of shit and just flat-out knowingly lying, let’s make a bet on it. If you win, I will donate what we bet to Senator McCain’s campaign. And if I win, you will donate what we bet to Senator Barack Obama.”
NG: >grin is gone, I can smell panic< “Fine. How much?”
JS: “Two thousand two hundred and fifty dollars.”
NG: >silence, looks around at the audience<
JS: >extends hand<
NG: “Well, now-”
JS: “Do you want to bet, or don’t you? Because if you don’t, I think it might be indicative that you are lying.”
NG: >silence, sense of mounting panic<
JS: “I have my credit card with me and my computer, and I’m ready to put my money where my mouth is. How about it?”
NG: “Well, you know, you can get whatever you want to come up on that computer.”
JS: “Does that mean you don’t want to bet?”
NG: “I just know you’ll cheat.”
JS: “I’ll let you look it up.”
NG: “Bah, fuck that, like I’d trust someone who’d vote for Obama.”
JS: “Does that mean you don’t want to bet?”
NG: >silence<
JS: “But you were so confident.”
NG: >glares, looks down, looks around at people, LEAVES PARTY WITHOUT ANOTHER WORD<

The best part of this story is what happens next. There was a group of 6 20-25ish kids there who work with my sister. As we silently watch Navy Guy take his walk of shame to his car, the “leader” of this little group indicates me and says, “Man, if that guy is voting for Obama, I am too,” which is roundly huzzahed by his followers. I pretty much felt like Neo in the Matrix.

So, +17 for Obama Friday night in Florida. But even better, 2 solid hours of stomping bullshit into the ground culminating in seeing Emperor Bullshit exposed as having no clothes, after all.

I hope that dude drove home crying and punching his leg.

This is a Post About Black Males

Usually after I spam these figures and graphs, I give a little summary of what I’ve posted. It’s hard for me to do this right now because these numbers make me sick to my stomach. The fact that the second leading cause of death for black males ages 1 – 4 is HOMICIDE makes me ill. Homicide.

Black men live with two things every day, either being one of these statistics, or, if by a miracle you’ve escaped it, you are pounded daily by the weight of these figures. Black men are dying. People like me are dying every day. It’s a miracle that I survived. I grew up in the South Bronx, one of the poorest neighborhoods in America and by the grace of God i’m less than3 months from turning 30 years old. But sometimes I worry. What if I get gunned down or arrested? And my situation is the equivalent of ice cream cake compared to other black men who fall under these figures.

The Trayvon Martin cause has scared black men, because it’s a fact that we are seen as criminals first and people like… I guess 5th?

Imagine being thought of as a murderer or criminal every day. Please take a minute to close your eyes and imagine that. This is what people like me live with every day. The clenching of purses in elevators. People crossing the street when they see you coming. Hostility from police. Again this is nothing compared to black men that comprise these statistics.

22% of all children in America live in poverty, African Americans comprise 38% of that number. African Americans make up only 13.6% of the population in America. I can’t even find the exact number of African American males in the US because when I google any variation of: “number of black males in america” there are only 2 hits that give any sort of related figures, and the rest are about crime or black male blame.

Let’s talk about google for a second, because perception is everything. I call this to Google Test.

Google Image search white male working, I’ll wait here…

Now google black male working. Peep the results.

Now try white teen working, then black teen working. Again, look at the results.

I can’t think of a conclusion to this and I have no answers. This is the reality being a black male in America. Look at the figures and quotes below to understand the constant feeling of helplessness and the fight that black males have to put up with every day we wake up.

With that said, lets begin:

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[quote]Extrapolating black-on-black crime data reveals that, by comparison, approximately 100,000 African Americans have been killed on our own streets at the hands of other African Americans in roughly the same stretches of time. It is difficult to find anyone who would white-wash these mind-numbing statistics.

Equally as startling, the same study reveals African Americans were victims of an estimated 805,000 nonfatal violent crimes in just one year alone.

What’s more, blacks comprise roughly 12.5 percent of the U.S. population.[/quote]


[quote]Current statistics provided by the Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count Report in 2011 reveals that over 24 million children live apart from their biological fathers: one out of every three children in America. This situation is dramatically worse for African American children, 66% who live in father-absent homes. If we compare the above figures to 1960 figures where only 11% of children lived in father-absent homes and drew a conclusion, it would be safe to say that America is experiencing a father-absent crisis.

The impact of this change is most evident in its connection to the rising number of children in the child welfare and/or the juvenile justice systems. The National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI), 2009 U.S. Census Bureau data indicates that children who live absent their biological fathers are, on average, at least two to three times more likely to be poor; to use drugs; to experience educational, health, emotional and behavioral problems; to be victims of child abuse; and, to be more frequently engage in criminal behavior than their peers who live with their married, biological (or adoptive) parents.[/quote]

[quote]The most recent figures show African American joblessness at 16.2 percent. For black males, it’s at 17.5 percent; And for black teens, it’s nearly 41 percent.[/quote] 2011

[quote]Ted Corbin paints a stark picture of this group’s plight:  of the 1.5 million victims treated each year in hospitals nationwide for nonfatal gunshot, stabbing and other physical assault injuries, approximately 30%  are males of color. There were 2,916 homicides of black males in 2007. If we connect these dots to those of children from age 10-24 who were murdered in this same year, there were 5,764 – more than the number of people lynched in the century spanning from 1882 to 1982. [/quote]

Number of violent victimizations, personal thefts/larcenies, rate/sexual assaults, robberies, aggravated assaults, and simple assaults by race and sex, 1993 – 2010

 Leading Causes of Death by Age Group, Black Males- United States, 2004*


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Only Four Percent of College Students Are Black Males…re-black-males/


Black Apathy: Believing That Racism Is Normal

This is a really good article about the pervasive feeling black americans go through in life.

Along this path through American history my people have forgotten how to dream. My people are playing their part in making the black/white problem normal. How can you blame us? Our concept of “reality” constantly proves the impossibilities of our imagination, our creativity. What is real, for folks like us, has no conditions. Unfortunately, reality does not await the actions of people of color; we are still mystified, lost to ourselves.

Working in communications, I have a good idea about how media and entertainment influence perceptions about non-white cis groups. Everyday I experience the hopelessness that minorities who live in poverty go through.

Even if we recognize the stupidity of the supposedly unaware racist, their problems will soon be normal. How are people of color living when reality encourages us not to transform? The possibility of changing the sickly assumptions in the racist’s vomit deserves not even a thought. Confusing the symptoms of a developed mentality with an immovable reality has murdered our imagination for centuries. In this world, black folks limp with a decapitated vigor: blood circulation has diminished, creativity is sacrificed for reality.

Keantre uses the idea of zombies as a metaphor about how we listlessly go through life. We’re controlled by the elite, we are seen as mindless through media.

We are defined by the reality that the elite create.