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No More Mamas for Obama: Outdated Stereotypes are Alive and Well

The need to eradicate racial prejudice in Missouri

In my car this morning in St. Louis, Missouri, I saw a bumper sticker on another vehicle that read:  “No More Mamas for Obama.”   Sadly, the bumper sticker emblemizes the perspective that President Obama will go to great lengths to let all those lazy black people stay home and live off the government.   The laziest of all are those Welfare Mamas, having lots of kids just to get more government money.  If we’d only cut the cord, the Welfare Mamas would straighten up, lose weight (after all, the stereotype is that most of them are overweight), don business suits and go to work like the rest of us.

Another friend, driving near Springfield, Missouri, reported seeing a bumper sticker that read:  “Don’t Re-Nig on Obama.”   All this time, I thought the “N” word had been removed from our national vocabulary.  At the very least, I thought it was a word you didn’t use in public.  But in some circles, it is apparently a fine word  to use on bumper stickers, and thus probably in conversations, speeches and billboards.

Racial prejudice seethes and and is tearing apart our national identity. At the very time when we should be coming together to innovate, inspire and motivate the underprivileged, there are many who find it easy to assign labels, and revert to outdated stereotypes.  

President Obama is leading by example, and daily proving that these stereotypes are  wrong.  We should follow his lead, and then speak out against any prejudice around us.

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The Missourian October 02, 2012 at 02:03 AM
+1 Caffeinated.
mike k October 02, 2012 at 04:02 AM
The truth will set you free
Christine Stewart Mehigh October 02, 2012 at 11:10 AM
Mike, your comment just makes me sad that your type of ignorance is so prevalent in this day and age. The reason our country scores below others is mainly due to the fact that other countries track their students to the point where many students at the lower end of the achievement spectrum simply are not tested. In our country, we test everyone. There are also a plethora of studies showing that it is the socioeconomic status of a student that determines achievement level rather than race. Please do us all a favor and become educated on a topic before you expound upon it.
Christine Stewart Mehigh October 02, 2012 at 09:24 PM
I agree, and I also believe that people should be using their own names to sign in and make comments. Please, Patch, go to the commenting rules used by other publications and make it work so that people can't hide behind this awful stuff.
Caffeinated October 02, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Why was mike's comment deleted? Because it made someone uncomfortable, we can't face racism? Isn't that the topic of the blog? Patch has every right to delete objectionable material (or anything it likes, really), but I personally think it was instructional. By deleting mike k's racist rants, Patch is avoiding an opportunity to explore a prevalent issue in a portion of the electorate. It has everything to do with the topic of this "blog." Very disappointing.

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