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And now for a touchy subject...Posted Friday, November 7, 2008, at 8:47 AM
Before I even start talking, I feel it is important to make it clear that I want this to be a constructive discussion not filled with hateful things. If it gets out of hand I will just delete the blog. We've never had a problem with it before I just wanted to be up front.
Ok...In the three days since the election I have some things that are really eating me. I have received, since Sen. Obama was elected, some 40 blatantly racist text messages.
It's not just the racist stuff that bothers me, it's also just the general lies that float around in e-mails from both sides of the aisle. There was soo much trash floating around about both candidates and it just annoys me because I know there are people who base their votes on that trash.
I've heard more racist jokes in the past week than in my entire life. Don't get me wrong, when it comes to jokes I can be a good sport at anyone's expense, even my own. But at a certain point you have to draw a line between a funny joke and true hate.
I've known all of my life that there was still a lot of this type of thinking in the area, but I guess I just hadn't expected it to be as bad as it seems this week.
We even have several teenagers in town flying giant rebel flags from their vehicles that weren't there Tuesday morning. Maybe it's not meant that way, but something tells me it's probably not just a sudden resurgence of southern pride.
At the same time I'd also like to say that I'm impressed by the number of people who have accepted the idea of an African-American in power. Me personally, I could care less and I think that's how the majority of us feel here, but it's hard to move into the future for some people.
Regardless of how you voted or whether you like the guy or not, he is our next President and should be admired or hated based on his performance and actions.
I like to think that before a person casts their vote, they do some research and base their vote on what they believe the truth to be because not everything you see or read is necessarily true.
I don't mean to sound like I'm preaching, I was just kind of annoyed by some things and thought I would share my thoughts.
What do you guys think? I've debated for a day and a half on whether to write this blog, but this morning decided what the heck, so pipe in folks!
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