Why we need to worry about Barack Obama becoming our next President

May 14, 2008

Haters reading the title might think that I am writing this to talk trash about Obama or to give you reasons why you shouldn’t elect him. Well, you should and I think that the people in America will too. There will always be one segment of the society that will not want anyone who does not subscribe to their same ideology and look just like them to fail. It’s very similar to what Ronin Storm posted about having a will to be the very best. Someone getting something is taking away from what you should have had.

I actually do not mind seeing other people get theirs. It usually works to either make me not care about what they got or the person who got it (like cruising on the highway and seeing someone in a Mercedes or BMW that looks like a total dork…) , or their success pushes me to get on my P’s and Q’s to get my money right and my game tight.

Anyhoo, this post is about politics and the length that people will go to get their candidate elected. Mulligans is a tavern in Marietta GA, that is known for its ultra conservative nature and the signs that they post on the marquee outside. Owner Mike Norman doesn’t see anything wrong with the combination of Curious George the monkey and Barack Obama. This is another reason why race is still an issue and something that we need to talk about and not get comfortable about where we are. It is that comfort that allows us to forget where our forefathers were in the past.

The publishing company that owns the Curious George image says it is considering legal action to stop the sale of a T-shirt depicting Barack Obama as the monkey from children’s books. The T-shirts are being peddled by Marietta bar owner Mike Norman at his Mulligan’s Bar and Grill in Cobb County. They show a picture of Curious George peeling a banana, with the words “Obama ’08” underneath

Rick Blake, a spokesman for publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, which owns Curious George, said Wednesday that the company didn’t authorize the use of the character’s image, but hasn’t been in touch with anybody selling or manufacturing the shirts.

“We find it offensive and obviously utterly out of keeping with the value Curious George represents,” Blake said. “We’re monitoring the situation and weighing our options with respect to legal action.”

Norman has said he got the T-shirts from someone in Arkansas. He started selling them at his bar — known for the provocative, ultra-conservative political slogans often posted on signs out front — in April but said he has no plans to mass market them.

The sales came to light this week when a loose coalition of local groups called a protest of the T-shirts.

About a dozen protestors rallied against the shirts Tuesday afternoon, condemning them as racist and asking Norman to stop selling them.

Norman acknowledged the imagery’s Jim Crow roots but said he sees nothing wrong with depicting a prominent African-American as a monkey.

“We’re not living in the (19)40’s,” he said. “Look at him . . . the hairline, the ears — he looks just like Curious George.”

This guy really doesn’t get it, or he gets it and is thumbing his nose at all of us. He is correct in pointing out that the crime of Jim Crow laws happened a long time ago. The issue is that we are still feeling the effects of discrimination throughout the advent of time. The answer to that is yes. The images that are brought up are not one to easily forget. The animal comparisons are what justified and allowed slavery to continue. The slaves were valuable only because of the amount of physical labor that they could do. Without it, there was no need to have them around, as they were another mouth to feed. Here is a photo array…

I guess all black people look like apes if they are light skinned. The comment of ignorance above and the T-shirt just shows another racist attempt to win the wave of popularity for the ballet of the Dance to the Presidency. The reason why I am fearful of him winning is that I can easily see some disenfranchised white male from the south feeling that the legacy of the good ole boys will be harmed without taking what they think is a principled joke. Bubba gets his .30 rifle and goes to establish who is superior once and for all. We joke about Black presidents getting killed, but David Palmer proved that we are not invincible to the effects of the pink slip.

3 Responses to “Why we need to worry about Barack Obama becoming our next President”

  1. gasdocpol said


  2. Ronin Storm said

    We should cut this Redneck a break. Curious George was probably the last book he read. This is why he was able to tie George in with Blacks who were also abducted against their will from Africa and brought across the sea to a foreign land.

  3. […] all remember this crap that was happening during the election.  Remember this shirt? If people can equate a candidate with a chimp, then you know they are still thinking those things […]

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