Questionable emails? The truth is out there.

I received an email today from a gentleman whose opinion I respect.  He emails from time to time, and in this particular case, the email he was forwarding to me appeared that someone had forwarded it along to him, as well.

I get these types of emails from time to time, and I always feel like it is my duty to check it out a bit more closely and find out what is true and what isn’t.  This particular email takes some “quotes” from Barack Obama, from books that he has written, and tries to use them to convey that either Obama has issues with race and his feelings about white people, and that he is a self-declared raciest, or that he somehow supports the Muslims on any issues.

Here is the basic content of the email, although it can be in various forms:

From Dreams of My Father:’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.’

From Dreams of My Father : ‘I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother’s race.’

From Dreams of My Father:’There was something about him that made me wary, a little too sure of himself, maybe. And white.’

From Dreams of My Father: ‘It remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names.’

From Dreams of My Father:‘I 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.’

And FINALLY the Most Damning one of ALL of them!!!

From Audacity of Hope:’I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.’

* If you have never forwarded an e-mail, now is the time to Do so!!! We CANNOT have someone with this type of mentality running our GREAT nation!!  I don’t care whether you a Democrat or a Conservative. We CANNOT turn ourselves over to this type of character in a President. PLEASE help spread the word

As it is, it does appear to be very damning towards Obama.  However, if you follow up and check it out on Snopes.com, you find that every single “quote” is either taken out of context of the complete discussion or is misquoted entirely.

Here is where you can read what was TRULY written:

http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/ownwords.asp

I cannot reproduce the entire article from Snopes here, but I will point out the problem with the most radical of all the statements, the last one, where it appears that Obama says he will stand with the Muslims.

Snopes, which has NO political affiliation and only serves as a web site to debunk urban legends and myths, points out that the sentence is a rewording of a passage from Obama’s book, The Audacity of Hope, and that it is actually a statement about not allowing an enraged public to dictate policy and result in innocent members of ANY race or nationality being stripped of their rights, as they were during World War II in the Japanese internment camps.

Here is what Obama ACTUALLY said:

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 reassurances 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.

That is a FAR cry from what the email suggests Obama is saying, wouldn’t you say so?

So I know I’ve pointed it out before, but I shall say it again.  When you get these emails forwarded to you, please, PLEASE, always try to follow up at a site like Snopes.com, whatever political affiliation you have.  Whatever party you support, we should all be on the side of the truth.

  • Thank God, I’m not dhunley

    This particular email has been published on many right wing blogs in the state. One of the most egregious of these is Bluegrass Bulletin, this hate site is run by a former candidate for the Supreme Court of Kentucky.

    We must always thank God that a person of this caliber was not elected to the highest Court in the Commonwealth.

  • Barry Soetoro

    It looks like YOU’RE statement needs fact-checking (fact-checking DOES NOT mean you find a statement somewhere that counters the quote you wish to discredit). The ONE quote that you choose to show (and use to smear all the rest by implication) IS ACTUALLY QUITE ACCURATE.

    The actual quote (even as you verify) is:
    “I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”
    The “them” here refers to the “Arab and Pakistani Americans” “in the wake of 9/11” (that is, Muslims) mentioned earlier in the passage.

    The reported quote is:
    “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”
    It is essentially the same meaning, but SHOULD have been quoted with brackets around “the Muslims” to be accurate:
    “I will stand with them [the Muslims] should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”

    EITHER WAY, the statement is the same and Obama’s words clearly show his animosity against America defending itself in the wake of attacks from abroad (further demonstrating the racist undercurrent in his thinking).

    So much for your unjustified conclusion of “every single ‘quote’ is either taken out of context of the complete discussion or is misquoted entirely”.