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In spite of the grimness of the times in which we live, there is still hope. If you feel, like I do, that the usual discourse about matters of critical concern tends to be superficial, misguided, and false, then you might find some solace and inspiration here. I will try to offer insight and a holistic perspective on events and issues, and hopefully serve as a catalyst for raising the level of dialogue on this planet.

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I was born in 1945, shortly before atom bombs were dropped on Japan. I served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1971. I earned master's degrees in Economics and Educational Psychology, and certificates in Web Page Design and as a Teacher of English as a Second Language. I followed an Indian guru for eight years, which immersed me in meditative practices and an attitude of reaching a higher level of being. A blog post listing the meditative practices I have pursued can be seen here.

Friday, August 29, 2008

The Narrative

Barack Obama in PhotoshopIt only took a few minutes of listening to NPR this morning to have the official narrative of the presidential race made clear. It is "race." I had to reply:



I was listening to "Morning Edition" this morning, and a report and/or commentary by Mara Liasson aired. She referred to Barack Obama as the country's "first black presidential candidate."

I did a color study in "Photoshop" last year, and found Barack Obama's skin color to be closest to "Burlywood," "Rosy brown," "tan," and "Peru" (see Words).

If "Black" is meant to refer in a binary way to having at least a tinge of "Negro" DNA, then Barack Obama is indeed "Black." The problem with this ascription is that he is equally "White." He is not even "Black" in the usual sense, having no ancestry or upbringing in the former slave gene and cultural pool of "African" "America." He is more "White" than "Black," and culturally is closer to "Hawaiian" and "Indonesian," as well as "White."

If anything, Barack Obama is a partial "Kenyan-American." We don't refer to people as "White-Americans," but often ascribe such things as "Italian-American," or "Irish-American." No one ever refers to Barack Obama as a "Kenyan-American." This is because we are a "racist" society in the truest sense, choosing "race" over all other considerations. It is the official "narrative."

It is fitting that today's reaffirmation of "American" racism was offered by Mara Liasson, who is also employed by the "Republican" propaganda network "Fox." Though she tries to be one thing on "Fox" and another on "NPR," the two identities are merging.

So, as far as the minions of NPR are concerned, Barack Obama is "Black" and "elitist." The "elitist" part was offered by poll reporter Cokie Roberts. Her "proof" was that he was visiting "Hawaii," his birthplace, and home of the grandmother who raised him.

When NPR started it wasn't intended to be a career springboard, but instead a forum for independent news and analysis. Maybe it is time for a housecleaning. A complete restaffing would give the network a fresh start. In lieu of that, maybe some limits could be established on double-dipping on propaganda networks.

The wheel keeps turning and you can't slow down.


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