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How Do You See President Obama?

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In a recent article that I wrote entitled, "President Obama, A Unique Black Man," I said that," "How America Thinks of You is Exactly How America Sees You." This was taken from my book, "Born In The Wrong Country," which on one hand depicts some of the issues of unwelcomeness from a country who bought and stole Africans from their homeland and forced them into slavery. A similar statement can also be used when referring to people, whether they are White, Black, Asian, Indian, Iraqi, English, Pakistani, African, Israeli, Norwegian, Russian, Chinese or Afghanistan people; the same holds true. How people think of you is exactly how they see you. These are strong statements, but it goes back to when Black people, African-American People of Color were enslaved by the former colonies, which became the United States of America. Whether one wants to believe it not, much of this has been carried over and still holds true today, especially in politics.

Before reading any further just think about those statements for a moment; think about how you've thought or think about someone who is not like you. Think about how you think of them and how you see them. After you've done that, think about how you see people in your own life, close friends, parents, and siblings and see how you've talked about them in certain ways, but later came to regret what you said, mostly because you got caught. Did you really regret what you said, or did someone expose what you said about certain people or groups? If the latter is true, if someone exposed what you said, outed you for your comments, and now you're saying that you have regrets of what you said, then you're really not sorry; you're sorry that you got caught, and that is not being remorseful. You intended to say exactly what you said, and probably had done so many times before.

Now think of certain groups, different ethnicities, organizations, religions, races, and groups that differ from you in their sexual orientation, such as lesbians, gay, bisexuals and transgender people. Think of what you've thought when you've encountered these various groups of people, and then ask yourself how do you see them? Perhaps what you said was not so nice, but you didn't get caught or maybe some of you did. When you say things that aren't nice, you're responding to exactly how you think of these people, so if you say that you're sorry, you're being hypocritical. You say these things thinking that no one will hear you or repeat what you said because you're a coward, but you know that if you do get caught, you can always fall back on I'm sorry, and some people will believe you. You see Gen. Stanley McChrystal was probably thinking, I'll just say that my words were inappropriate and offer my resignation; he probably thought that would be enough. Did Gen. Stanley McChrystal apologize to the President or did he just offer his resignation? It is said that he should apologize to the military men and women in Afghanistan.

"Ultimately, Gen. McChrystal should publicly apologize to the military men and women who are left behind to carry out their duty in Afghanistan."

It is also said that he offered a public apology.,0,3114733.story

"."McChrystal offered a public apology Tuesday. He also met with Karzai, Holbrooke and Eikenberry and privately apologized."" It is also said that Gen. McChrystal apologized to for the article.

Apologies to others included were cited in an article on the following website.

"Although McChrystal issued a public apology and telephoned all those who were the objects of his scorn, except the president, it did not carry much weight."

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