Saturday, September 6, 2008

Behind the Attack on Community Organizing/Activism

Gov. Sarah "Ultra right wing-evangelical-hypocrite" Palin and Rudy Giuliani's mocking of community organizing is TRUE elitism and may even have a hint of racism to it. After all, what is it that community organizers do--and since one of my closest friends and his girlfriend work in this field, I have a first hand look--but help people get up on their feet, help with affordable housing, learn skills, find jobs, balance work w/family, etc? This is worth mocking, Gov. Palin? Is the fact that, especially in Obama's case, it was people of color that were the beneficiaries of this work, a problem with you, Giuliani? Scumbags.

A colleague suggested to me the Obama campaign should've IMMEDIATELY organized an event with community organizers and people they have helped, so they could tell their stories and made it clear how this was the work and the people the Republicans were making fun of. I'm still waiting.

Of course, the hypocrisy here is that the "faith-based initiatives" that the GOPers loooove to push for are nothing more than government-funded, community organizers themsleves. Except way more religion-fuelled than the ones Obama worked with in Chicago, even though they are also part of church outreach.

These next 2 months are going to be crucial and I don't see the rapid and forceful response to the litany of lies that the GOP is spewing being counteracted in a quick and aggressive manner. I'm getting worried.

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