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Racism alive and well in Pennsylvania

'The postcard features a photo of a black woman who resemble Aunt Jemima. The text reads, ?Yessum, Mr. Harry (Forbes). I?m supposed ta votes for you and Mr. Rich (Caridi). Then Iz supposed to vote for Mr. Greg (Chelak) and Mr. Ray (Tonkin) too. I?ll be good. I?m not like the rest. I don?t want you or the Sheriff mad at me.?'

With all the talk of the Jena 6 and how the South is still cursed with its racism, I just wanted to provide an example showing that the South is not alone, especially since this seems worse to me.

http://www.poconorecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070910/NEWS/70910019/-1/NEWS01

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Dirty, tasteless, and SOP for political campaigns

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I remember a postcard we received in WV during the last presidential elections saying that a particular democratic candidate was godless and that voting for him would result in having our bibles taken away. The question about such tactics isn't that of racism or secularism versus religion... but who came up with the idea as being a good one, and who is validating it when they see it.

I remember radio campaigns in Maryland during the last election, reminding black voters that the GOP was the party of Abraham Lincoln and that slavery in america would still be an issue without the GOP. Certainly true... and dinosaurs would still walk the earth if it wasn't for space rocks, so lets vote for meteorites too!

Pointing ads like these out, and ridiculing them in the light of day, is important. Such political ads are generated by the ignorant, and only accepted as relevant by the ignorant. Too bad that some actually are swayed by them.

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whats the point of the ad?

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It would seem to be a Democratic political stunt before anything a Republican would do to garner votes. It's purpose is obviously to inflame, not to appeal to voters. Looks like some reverse psychology attempt by the Democrats who think it will push black votes their way. And what's wrong with Aunt Jemima?! She's always been a beloved icon on food items in the South for years. The food I remember her most on was the syrup bottle.

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How can this be?

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I thought it was the Republicans who thought of blacks in terms of Aunt Jemima, Amos and Andy...

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Sometimes history is selective...

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Sometimes "history" is selective. Take Jesse Owens. He won an unprecedented 4 gold medals in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Many people have seen accounts that say that Hitler snubbed him and stormed out of the stadium.
However, in his autobiography The Jesse Owens Story (1970) Owens stated "When I passed the Chancellor he arose, waved his hand at me, and I waved back at him..." However, Owens was snubbed later when he returned to the U.S., President Roosevelt refused to meet with him.

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As well, while a premier track athlete

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in college, he was not allowed to live or eat with his teammates while away at meets...or so it's told. He was allowed such in Germany during the Olympic games. Of course those who run the games got to set the standards and make the rules even if Adolph didn't care for them. Jesse was actually J.C Owens and Jesse was said to be a mispronunciation that stuck when his southern accent wasn't understood in Ohio where the family had moved.

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(NT) Let's not discuss Willie Horton, eh Paul?

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I'll bet...

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I'll bet that you wish that people would forget about Ross Barnett, Orval Faubus, Lester Maddox, or George Wallace, but many people haven't.

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