Received an email from a regular reader and email correspondent that had alleged Obama quotes.
The Myth Blaster
verdict is FALSE
, with few exceptions on the list. The email is sent in variations, probably people along the way add more of their own making. You can get a complete list at Truth or Fiction
Here are truthful quotes:
I ceased to advertise my mother’s race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites.
There was something about him that made me wary, a little too sure of himself, maybe, And white – he’d said himself that was a problem.
It remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike our and name names. [Obama is wrestling with his identity while a college student.]
Yes, I’d seen weakness in other men— Gramps and his disappointments, Lolo and his compromise. But these men had become object lessons for me, men I might love but never emulate, white men and brown men whose fates didn’t speak to my own. It was into my father’s image, the black man, son of Africa, that I’d packed all the attributes I sought in myself, the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, DuBois and Mandela. [Dubois was a ruthless dictator in the Caribbean and Malcolm was a racist, assassinated by someone of his own race — email quote was incomplete and out of context] Mandela and Martin would seem to be the best icon for anyone to emulate.
Of course, not all my conversations in immigrant communities follow this easy pattern. In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans, for example, have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging. They have been reminded that the history of immigration in this country has a dark underbelly; they need specific assurances that their citizenship really means something, that America has learned the right lessons from the Japanese internments during World War II, and that I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.
Conservatives and those against liberal-socialists and generally hypocritical politically correct crowd, complain about the way they take things out of context or just plain make things up, especially if they cannot find factual data to back them up … here we have the same thing, which in my opinion is just as bad, if not worse.
When it comes to finding and revealing the Truth and the true character of someone – we don’t need to make things up to make a point, for the facts speak for itself.
If you want to reduce such biased, untruthful, mean-spirited passing of “information” – be your own censor. If the statement or email does not have a verifiable source, although this one stated it came from Obama’s two books, than it must be followed up upon. The point is if you are not SURE it is truth – don’t be so quick to pass it along as if it were. This is the way to fight against Chain Mail, at least that which is false and unfairly criticizing someone.
How can anyone say they have better character than someone else if they themselves show bad character in presenting false statements or accusations against that person?
Help fight misinformation, folks. Don’t forward something like what is mentioned above. I didn’t publish the ones that were false, wouldn’t give the moron, low-life who made this up the satisfaction.
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