Representative Murtha is Right

We at believe in honesty, and it is with great sadness that we must say, that we feel that Representative Murtha of Pennsylvania is correct when he says that voters in western Pennsylvania are racist.

We’re not reporting this with glee or as a way to further separate Democrats from Republicans or as a way to explain votes that Obama doesn’t get; we’re saying it based on personal experience. We have ties to western Pennsylvania,  specifically west-central Pennsylvania (the area that Murtha represents), and we’ve spent time there. There is plenty of racism there. It’s not typically blatant, mean-spirited, put on the white sheets racism, but it’s an insidious lack of trust and dislike of those who are not in the majority.

Racism has been a serious problem in this country since its inception, and thankfully, it’s not as much of a problem in a large part of the country now. Lack of diversity in areas such as west-central Pennsylvania, though, which have largely remained homogonous (composed mainly of white Christians) means that the progress toward a more accepting society is slower there. I never condone racism, and I’m not making excuses for it; however, it’s logical to expect that this would be the case.

Many people in west-central Pennsylvania have had absolutely no life experiences (work, school, play, dating, bingo) with African Americans or Hispanic Americans or Jewish Americans or anyone who isn’t a white Christian—or, for that matter, openly homosexual men and women. I know that this might be hard to believe, but it’s true.

This lack of diversity means that racism handed down from generation to generation takes longer to dilute than when people are able to learn through their own experiences that the stereotypes aren’t true. Knowing people is understanding them—and loving them—and that doesn’t happen much in Murtha’s district. This segment of the population (and it’s not everyone) is much more likely to vote for a white Christian than an part-African American Christian, especially when there are lies being spread that he might be a Muslim.

By the way, thinking that someone might be dangerous because he’s a Muslim is also racism.

2 Responses to “Representative Murtha is Right”

  1. 1 kempite October 24, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    I was just wondering why Murtha “might be right” in regards to citizens in Pennsylvania because “some” of them might not be voting for Barack Obama? Is it right to play the race card because someone may not be looking at Obama but are instead listening to Barack Obama, and in doing so, they do not like the socialism or United Nation led determination of America foriegn policy that offers?

    It just so happens that most Americans, including those in western Pennsylvania, no longer condemn a person because of their color or even their religion. Most Americans do not even hold sexual orientation against a person, unless of course their orientation is being forced upon them. Does bigotry exist? It sure does. But it does not exist to the extent which you claim. At least not to the extent that you blame Caucasians for.

    In all actuality racism exists more in the Affrican-American community than it does among Caucasians. This is a point that would have made your point more believable if you addressed it.

    Afterall, at least 4o% percent of caucasians will be voting for Obama but 94% of all african-Americans are voting for Barack Obama. So if you and Murtha want to consider a white person a redneck because they do not believe in Obama’s socialist agenda, what would you call African-Americans who refuse to support John McCain because he is white? Will you call them racists too?

  2. 2 thelogicalreport October 25, 2008 at 5:04 am

    Reply: It is unfortunate that the state of politics in this country rewards simplified arguments and the twisting of words rather than legitimate discussion and inclusion of context. We did not say that people in western Pennsylvania are racist if they don’t vote for Senator Obama. In fact, the post says “We are not reporting this…as a way to explain votes that Obama doesn’t get.”

    We explained the reasons for racism being more prevalent in that region, which would, in turn, result in fewer Obama votes. That is a logical difference between the two, just as there is a logical difference between A follows B and B follows A.

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