1.20.2009

DOUBLE STANDARDS


I enjoyed watching the Inauguration today. Although I didn't vote for Obama, I am hopeful for this new administration. I am proud of our country and how smoothly the transfer of power occurs. Luke liked the Inauguration too because he loves police cars... and boy, were there a lot of police cars.

Yes, I was full of warm and fuzzy feelings during today's swearing in until I heard the closing prayer given by Reverend Joseph Lowery. I quote -
Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get back, when brown can stick around -- when yellow will be mellow -- when the red man can get ahead, man -- and when white will embrace what is right.
Um, excuse me? Did he just say, "when yellow will be mellow" and "red man can get ahead, man"? Oh no, he didn't. Yes, he did.

Ugh. More double standards. Understandably, Reverend Lowery was very moved by the historic significance of President Obama's inauguration, and giving him the benefit of the doubt, I'm sure he meant well. However, close your eyes with me and imagine a white man standing up there saying things like, "when brown can stick around." No one would be laughing. I'm not so much offended, but just dumbfounded that the double standards are so blatant.

On another note, do you think it would be sacrilegious or incredibly hilarious to quote Reverend Lowry's line during the next prayer I have to give in Sacrament Meeting at church? It's very tempting.

9 comments:

  1. I cant stop laughing!!! I dare you to quote the reverend during your next prayer! ~Heather

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  2. I found the prayers really irreverent. It was more of a show than a prayer. I liked that they sang the "National Anthem" but they didn't include the "Pledge of Allegiance." I was saddened by that.

    However, I am hopeful for this new administration and hope that good things will come from this new Presidency. My prayers are with the President.

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  3. when I heard his prayer for a moment I forgot it was a prayer and then I was like- "THIS IS A PRAYER!!!" god does have a good sense of humor:) but please don't try to imitate.

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  4. I totally thought the same thing! Well even if our new President isn't successful at least the next 4 years will hopefully be as entertaining!

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  5. I don't even have to close my eyes to tell you that whole passage, including saying "white will embrace what's right" is racist. Hello! Who voted Barack Obama into office? I can't help but think all those voters are tired of this nonsense---I know I am. It's the end of the whining. And Cristin, if this kind of pathetic rant ever comes out of your mouth in a public prayer, I'll have my bar of soap ready.

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  6. Yes, Please don't quote that. My favorite was all the Obama memorabilia people were wearing. They would stick their Obama pins in the oddest places.

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  7. HAHA i heard that when I was at the Orthodontist. EVERYONE stopped what they were doing and went WHAT did he just say? People came running in from other rooms to see who would say something so stupid. it was pretty funny

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  8. I'd only quote it if you think the congregation will get it. I'm not implying that we Mormons are dumb, just that some might have boycotted what they feel is the "coronation" of our new "socialist" president.

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  9. And yeah, you're right, there is definitely a double standard when it comes to racism in this country.

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