An Open Letter to MSNBC’s Toure on Real Racism

“I know it’s a heavy thing, I don’t say it lightly, but this is ‘niggerization’. You are not one of us, you are like the scary black man who we’ve been trained to fear.” – Toure, MSNBC analyst in reference to Mitt Romney.

Yes, Toure actually said that out loud…on national television. Here is my video response, with transcript below. Please share. This was straight from my heart. It is not a story I share easily, or with pleasure. But I could not be silent on this one.

 

Dear Toure:

I’d like to tell you a story.

I was six years old the first time I heard the word ‘nigger’. Jamie Haney called me that on the first day of school, matter-of-factly. He wasn’t being mean. He was just expressing his amazement at the fact that he was actually looking at a black person, and he thought that’s what we were called. Jamie and I came up through school together as friends, but unfortunately he wasn’t even close to the last person to use that word in reference to me. I grew up in a place where there were no black people. In the ’80’s. I was different. An anomaly. And kids are cruel. And some adults too. I was called a nigger nearly every school day of my life until I was 16 years old. Once, my best friends and I were handing out church flyers at a local diner. An older gentleman (well, maybe 30 but that was OLD to me at the time) who was clearly intoxicated took the flyer from my hand, looked up at me and suddenly shouted “Holy Shit! What are you doing here? I thought your kind was supposed to be out picking cotton or something!” and then proceeded to crack up at his own hilarity. My friends and I clearly had no clue how to handle this (we were maybe 14 at the time); and no one came to my defense or rescue. People stared, but most just looked away in embarrassment and continued with their meals. My friends and I left. We looked at each other, wide-eyed. We were scared, but none of us said a thing. What could we say? They didn’t understand the depth of my pain and I didn’t understand their confusion or helplessness. So we went on with our day, on with our lives. And that was pretty much every day of my life in Prince Edward Island, Canada. I faced names and beat-downs each day. Sometimes I took it. Sometimes I fought back. In a school system that had no experience with minorities in the 1980’s, there was no help to be found. Teacher after teacher and principle after principle said the same thing….if it happens away from the watchful eyes of staff, there is nothing we can do. I had no choice. I endured, until I was old enough to leave; and then I left. I now live in California. Pretty much as far away as you can get from P.E.I. without leaving the comfort of the United States/Canada.

I tell you all this not to elicit sympathy. I don’t need that. It’s been a long time since I was that scared but tough little girl. I’ve been blessed many times over since then, and I’ve learned the power of forgiveness. No, I tell you this because I read your comments about Mitt Romney today and they made me sick to my stomach, and very angry. You accuse Romney of “niggerizing” Obama. There is so much wrong with that statement, I hardly know where to begin. You see, that word…nigger….it means something. It means something very real to people like me who actually have intimate, firsthand knowledge of how it can be applied. I resent that you would use that so easily (though you claim it wasn’t ‘easy’, I don’t believe you). You used that term to get some press. Great. Mission accomplished. But in the process you have watered down a term of hate with deep historical significance by applying it where it most certainly does not fit. Toure, I’ve seen hate up close. I know what it looks like. I’ve felt it’s hands on my skin, seen the look in its eyes, felt the burn of its words. It is deliberate and it is real. Racism is not disliking our black President because of his socialist leanings. Racism is the scar I carried near my lip for decades after one particularly harsh punch in the mouth from a kid screaming “NIGGER!” at me while swinging away. Racism is that guy in the diner, the hoses and dogs turned on folks from my grandparent’s generation just looking to drink at a decent water fountain. When you accuse a person of racism, THAT is the legacy of hate you are laying at their feet. It’s every bit as heinous as accusing someone of being a child molester arbitrarily. When you accuse Mitt Romney and other conservatives like me of being racist based on no other proof besides the fact that we vehemently disagree with this President and his policies, you dilute the history and experiences of people like me. You cheapen that word – nigger. You rob it of it’s true horror – a horror we should never forget or take for granted.Not only that, Toure; but you cheapen yourself. You make it clear to blacks like me that you, indeed have no clue in hell what real racism is or where it can be found.

Accusing Mitt Romney of the “niggeriazation” of Obama is ugly, base, cheap and just plain wrong. You owe him and people like an apology. You seem like an intelligent guy. If you disagree with Mitt Romney and me, do so on the merits of the issues at hand. Don’t prostitute yourself on a network that it more way more white (percentage-wise) than the Republican party. It’s a song and dance eerily similar the minstrel shows of the past. You and I know full well the execs at MSNBC laugh and applaud and sign your paycheck every time you put on your tap shoes. Don’t like that reference? Hey, as you said so yourself, I’m just using the same old race-baiting playbook you and the Democrats have been using for decades.

You should be embarrassed.

115 Comments

  1. John C. Plantada says:

    Spoken from the heart…powerfully presented. A Teachable moment for the cocky, self absorbed Touré. He should not be judged too harshly for his conduct. His Pavlovian response to racialize virtually anything from anyone with whom he disagrees, is the product of the Leftist indoctrination throughout his narcissistic life.

  2. Mark Hile says:

    Thank you for saying ALL of that. Please don’t wait for the apology that you should receive, I don’t believe it will be coming. The left can only hate those that disagree with them, because they can not explain the truth, when the truth is not on their side.

    • veronica videll says:

      I lived briefly in Oakland I was discriminated aganist. I took it in stride. Rascism is a train of thought. People who believe in rascism usually were taught to behave like that. I cannot stand Obama. I believe he hates america, and is out to destroy it. Now I liked Herbert Cainn. Same color different veiws. I believe Herbert Cain is morally american because of his values not his color.

  3. DF Taylor says:

    Kira,
    I’m 62 years old but I’m still growing up. On my surface ( I’m white, with some american indian) I appear to many as “white trash” because I am big, bearded and tattooed. Yeah I ride a Harley. I was largely unfamiliar with racial prejudice, let alone the term “nigger” until I was in my early teens. I remember asking a black friend of mine over to my house after school one day. The tension coming from my parents, especially my dad, was palpable.He told me never to bring another nigger to his house again. I did not know what to say. When my friend asked if he could come over again, and I told him he could not, he asked if I were prejudiced. I told him that I did not know what the word meant…but the damage was done. I soon found myself being beat up at every turn by young blacks. “Niggers”. They said I had it coming. Needless to say, a sea change occurred and I began to hate niggers across the board.Long Story short: Obviously I don’t feel this way toward Black people now as I have black members of family, friends, and associates. But I still hate niggers. A perfect example would be King Samir Shabazz, a POS who would happily kill me because I’m white. I like to give him the opportunity to try, in fact. I guess in closing I should say that i don’t really hate niggers…I hate what I have become because of them. My God forgive me these sins, and May He bless you for your good heart.

  4. Scott Snider says:

    Loved the comments, I have been called a racist my self just for being white, saying or doing nothing just being. I grew up in Rhode Island and we had very few blacks in school but was taught that everyone is the same by school and my parents. I was even told my family long time ago was part of the underground rr for freeing the blacks. When I was in the Navy was when I first was called a racist. I sat down to eat my lunch and was told that my seat was for blacks only. I said I want to watch the tv and did not see any sign so I stayed. They called me names and I just ignored them and watched TV and enjoyed my meal. After they got to know me it stopped but at first they were mean. Years later working in the PO I was working in a corner with three black men and they would call me racist all the time and try to get me to say something racist. Then one day my wife can in and had my grand daughter with her, she was half white and BLACK. They asked who she was and i said as I was holding her who she was my grand daughter. There mouths dropped to the floor. My comment to them was what don’t you have any white people in your family? I never heard another word from them on the subject. So now my first wife passed away with cancer and have remarried a wonderful Chinese lady and still have my black son in law and two mixed grand kids and oh ya a hispanic daughter in law and three Chinese Step daughters. I kinda understand and love that you stepped up to say what you said.

  5. myiq2xu says:

    Very powerful. Thank you.

    That word is without a doubt the most toxic in the English language.

  6. Philip B. says:

    Kira,

    If we had more Americans like you, this country would be a lot better off. I can’t tell you how sick I am of someone bringing up race. The only important race in this world is the HUMAN RACE. The only thing that is important in this country is AMERICANS and not white, black, etc. What matters is that WE THE PEOPLE must stand together and work together and not worrying about the color of someone’s skin. Thank you for setting the record straight. WE THE PEOPLE have to get this Socialist out of office and get a true american in there that will help our country and not destroy our country. GOD BLESS THE USA!!

  7. Suzanne Brodbeck says:

    Thank you Kira, beautifully said.

    • Donna Tucker says:

      Kira, thank you for boldly and articulately identifying the use of “racism” so casually by the left to manipulate the public!

  8. Chris says:

    I saw your open letter listed on another conservative blog tonight, so this is my first time visiting your sight Kira. That was powerful and moving. I think you were able to say something that most of us don’t have the ability to say because of your experience, your endurance, and your path to love and forgiveness. You make a hell of a first impression and you have my admiration.

    Now, I know California is a very large state and even though I have no idea which district you live in, I would love to see someone like you replace Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, or Henry Waxman.

  9. Art Telles says:

    Hi Kira,

    When will your book be published?

    You said, “I tell you all this not to elicit sympanty… I’ve learned the power of forgiveness.”

    I asked about a book, not because you are intending to publish a book… but because you must consider publishing a book about the ‘power of forgiveness’ from the perspective of a female, black, bright, articulate, conservative and knowing how to differentiate and explicate right from wrong.

    If a publisher does not contact you asap, well, they should.

    Here are 3 Youtube videos which content should be in your future best seller book…

    – My Apology to President Karzai on Behalf of Americans
    – This Rush Babe is…*gasp* Black!
    – An Open Letter to MSNBC’s Toure on Real Racism

    Art

    • manuel says:

      Someone with computer intelligence should tweet or space book or whatever all that other popular mode of information on cyberspace should start a ” REPLACE RACIST in POLITICS”. RRP. Don’t forget email cause I am learning how to do that. SS
      My message is for Wynter who suggested Kira run for office to replace Pelosi and Waters.
      Or for any one who is willing to take on the task. We have to rid racism out of America.

  10. Shelly Sands says:

    Hi Kira,
    I just wanted say how much I love your work. I have only seen 2 of your videos. I was very impressed. I grew up in the projects of Omaha, NE., a poor, skinny little white girl. A very diverse community. Black, white, Hispanic, Indian and even a few Asians sprinkled in there. We were taught that if anyone were cut we all bled red. I loved our multi-ethnic community. The diverse cultures were an amazing learning experience I will carry with me all of my life. We all helped each other in times of need even though none of the families had much of their own. That was back in the late 60’s early 70’s. My mom’s boyfriend was black and we were pretty much disowned by my grandparents back then. I learned a lot about my grandparents from that experience. Even as young as I was I was sickend by the way they talked about my mom and her boyfriend. I had never heard that kind of talk before and it was coming from people I loved. As I got a little older and started in a different school It got worse. My sisters and I were labled as “ni**er (I can’t even type the word, it is that detestable to me) lovers”. Needless to say there were a few fights as well. All in all I would never change the way we grew up for anything. I learned a lot of lessons that I adhere to to this day. We were all created by God in His image. It’s what’s in our heart , soul and mind that matters. It has nothing to do with the color of one’s skin. My favorite line in this video was about your lesson that needs to be taught to all. The power of forgiveness is a mighty power indeed.

    May God keep you and make His face shine upon you. May He pour His many blessings upon you and yours.

  11. Marla in PA says:

    There would be so much more understanding between “tribes”, (because let’s face it, that’s what races and ethnicities are)…if stories like Kira’s were shared more freely. To come out of that past without bitterness and congenital anger, without a feeling of entitlement and a sense of perpetual vengeance…is probably too much to ask from most people.

    Kudos to you, Kira, for being courageous as a child, teenager, and now young woman. It’s a dirty little secret of our neighbor to the north that its population is pretty prejudiced. Most of the darker skinned immigrants are arriving from the Asian subcontinent, not many African descendants there.

    Not hating on Canada, I love it there, have family there, have visited many times. Just to underscore the atmosphere Kira grew up in. It’s not as if she grew up in Montreal or Toronto, which are more diverse.

    God bless you Kira.

  12. realwest says:

    Dear Ms. Davis – this was a truly wonderful letter you’ve written and the way you expressed your childhood experiences drives home how cheaply some people throw that word around.

    Not ONE iota of care or concern about the emotional injury or pain that they cause others by using it; just cheaply using it to further their own cause.

    Thank you for sharing this letter with us.

  13. IndependentExPat says:

    Kira,

    I lived for a while in a small town south of Columbus, Ohio. I moved there and knew no one. I quickly became the focus of taunts and bullying because of my skin color. Other than the mixed-race couple next door, it was just our family for blocks around. The couple next door became close friends with my parents, but no one else did.

    I would get into a fistfight nearly every day on the walk to school. Just because. When I wanted to join the football team, I was circled by three boys who took turns spitting on me until I got mad enough to fight all three. I lost. I took a pounding on the football team, but I didn’t give up. I played a total of maybe 10 minutes the whole first season.

    Here’s the rub: I’m white. The neighborhood was black.

    So, I sort of get it. Words that Toure uses don’t have any place in our society. They’re used, and probably nothing can stop it. But to grant them special immunity when used by a favored group is wrong. Congratulations on standing up to a bully.

  14. Tim Connelly says:

    Kira:

    You’re a brave, thoughtful, and beautiful woman. Don’t let anyone ever lead you to believe anything differently. Thanks.

  15. Digby O'dell says:

    Obama and his non-thinking followers have created more hostility between the races than ever, and they called Bush a divider!!

    Remember when they blamed Sara Palin for the Tucson massacre?

    Who knows how many more whites will be the victim of black mob violence, in part due to Eric Holder’s accusing the states of voter suppression for passing Voter ID laws!!!!

  16. Richard Gibson says:

    Kira, Every week I look forward to reading, or watching your you tube blogs. I’m sorry to hear that such hatred was a part of your everyday life. My Grand-Father was Dr. O.L. Parsons an ob/gyn ( he chose OB/GYN after his sister died in child birth, year later a simple procedure that would have saved her life was found that’s why he chose OB/GYN), was respected by Americans of all colors. That’s the way I was raised i had friends and girl friends of every variety of Americans. No matter where I went in town people would take one look at me and reply, “your Doctor parson’s Grandson aren’t you”. Now I’ve told this story so I could tell you this story.
    I had just graduated from Junior High, when I found out I had to have surgery performed. I was in my hospital room recovering with only the watergate trial as my entertainment on TV. I was already in the room when they wheeled in a black American. I could see that he was a little uneasy when he saw me lying in the next bed. After the nurses had left I turned to him and introduced myself. We had just started to talk to each other when my Grand-father walked into the room. He came over to checkup on me first, then turned and recognized the gentlemen in the bed next to me, and with a look of concern said “Jim, what are you doing in here, what’s wrong”. The gentlemen talked to my Grand-father for quite awhile when he asked is “that your Gandson, Dr. Parson’s”, my Grand-father replied that yes i was. Soon after my Grand-father left, When Jim asked me “why didn’t you tell me Dr. Parson’s was your Grand-father”. From there on we both talked for hours, neither of us saw color in the other person. Just a new found friendship and respect to each other.
    Just as we were really getting to know one another his family walked into the room. As soon as his son saw me lying in the bed next to his father. He looked at me with such hatred that I was shocked by it. He immediately told his father he was going to find a nurse, that he didn’t have to share a room with any Cracker. His father protested to his son, that he was fine, he had no problem with me. He even turned to his son while looking at me, son that there is Dr. Parson’s Grandson. His son didn’t care all he saw was a white boy lying next to his father. I was so hurt by this hatred towards me, his son continued to just glare at me with utter contempt. Within 10 minutes he was having his father moved to another room. All this time his father would look at me I could see the pain in his eyes about what had just happened. He told me he was sorry that his son had referred to me in such a racial tone. To the moment he was moved he kept complaining about being moved.
    I know Kira that doesn’t come close to what you had experienced as a child. Just that even as a white teenager I felt the ugliest of racism.

  17. Greg Anderson says:

    Thank You young lady!!
    My father taught me at a young age the hurtful meaning of that word when I innocently uttered it one night at the dinner table (after hearing it being used at school). He taught why it was wrong to utter it, he taught that you should always judge a person based on their actions and words, not their race or religion. That is the attitude that has guided my life when dealing with people of all colors races and religions and that I am proudly to say I have past onto my sons.

    This nation doesn’t need more decisiveness, we need unity, we don’t need to dwell on those things that separate us, but brings us together. We need to embrace each others cultural differences, let them enhance our knowledge base, not shun them.

    Your video brought tears to my eyes, because you have looked past the hatred you were subjected to by the ignorant bigots you grew up with, and were defined by your own ideas & morals, not letting others define you with their hateful bigotry.

    I thank God that there are young people such as yourself in this country, carrying a positive future outlook, not dwelling on the past, but trying to bring light into the world.

    Just for reference, I am an middle aged Conservative Christian White Male, that believes in standing up to racism, and will continue to do so until I die.

  18. Gary in Arizona says:

    The first time I heard the term was in California in 1960 when I was 4. I was at my baby sitters house, her brother and myself were watching cartoons. She suddenly screamed “EWWWW, A NIGGER!!!” Her brother and I got wide eyed and looked at each other, ran to the window expecting to see a monster. All we saw was a man walking down the street. We looked at each other again and both shrugged our sholders and sat down to watch cartoons again. I didn’t learn what the term ment until the Civil Rights movement started to get plastered on the TV. To this day I vowed never to judge anyone by their looks. It’s the content of one’s heart that matters. God bless you young lady. The light inside you radiates all around you.

  19. The Duke says:

    Kira, YOU ARE AWESOME! Smart, beautiful, and armed to the teeth with knowledge, experience and grace

  20. Missy says:

    Kira, you are wonderful! What a powerful statement.

  21. Layne S says:

    Kira, thanks for your letter to Toure which expresses intuitive understanding and truth of the situation. Whites might be able to come back with a comment, but having experienced racism yourself as a black, your comments are very powerful.

    I also want to express my sorrow over what you experienced at the hands of racist whites. I hope that if I encounter a situation when someone is being mistreated because of the color of their skin, or any other characteristic, I have the strength of character to speak up against the mistreatment. Saying nothing condones what is being done. It leads to atrocities we’ve read about in history. And I don’t want to be partner to that. So glad you learned the power of forgiveness! May we all learn it and experience it.

  22. TS says:

    Thank you for providing the counterpoint to Toure’s faux outrage. Regrettably, shame is a concept that is out of favor in society today, so I doubt that he will give your response the consideration it deserves. But there are many others who will, and for that we are all enriched.

  23. Ralphnv says:

    Ms. Davis,
    It’s an honor to hear your voice and read your words. God Bless you, keep up the good fight. Our Republic is safer for your effort, and I am hopeful that the average American will do the right thing come November. It will take work, but work also is honorable, and you inspire many to continue the constitutional exercise.

  24. H B says:

    Dear Ms. Davis – I am not easily moved but your piece did it to me. I’m a white male, late 50s. I grew up in Detroit. My first encounter with a black person was delightful… I was about 4 or 5 and was with my mother at the corner grocery store (this was before the days of supermarkets). There was another mom there with her little girl — my age, and black. The girl saw me, came running over, and gave me a big hug and a kiss! Both mothers recoiled in shock… As I grew older I heard “that” word over and over in my parents’ house. Often in anger (by my Dad who was a true racist) and sometimes because it was just the word to use (by my mother who, I believe, was not a racist). I grew to hate that word. When I first told my mother about my future wife (we’re now at 37 years and counting) her first question was… “Is she black?” I guess she knew me and, no, she is not black. Your video brought back so many bad memories of what I have seen in my life. We, as a country, cannot afford to have 13% of our population deem themselves outcasts from the rest of us. Our President missed such a great chance to heal our wounds and he didn’t — that is one of his greatest failures. God bless you!

  25. JK says:

    Bravo young lady!!! God bless you for speaking out!

  26. SideTraKd says:

    I know that you said that you were a conservative, but to me it wouldn’t matter where you aligned yourself politically. This was one of the most powerful pieces I’ve seen in quite some time.

    It really moved me, and I don’t know if I could even say more to tell you how much.

  27. pink lady says:

    Sweet Lady, so glad to discover you ;sad that it had to be this topic! I am giving you my best “Favorite/Crazy- Aunt” hug ever! I am rooting for you ! So sorry you have had to go through all that; the s— I went through when I was young only made me stronger and way more resilient than most women. Cheers darling!

  28. GJ says:

    Thank you, you give me faith that the younger generation will make the world better then mine did

  29. Mara says:

    From one conservative woman of color to another, I say, thank you, from the bottom of my heart. I am so tired of people like him playing that card so casually….to the point where real racism is ignored. Shame on Toure and his MSNBC puppetmasters for perpetuating hate and ignorance.

  30. RCV says:

    Bravo. You are courageous, articulate and inspiring. You display so much dignity, and that is one thing Toure sorely lacks. His disgraceful rant reminds me of the old saying:
    “Dignity is best studied where it is missing”.

  31. Wynter says:

    Kira, I must tell you that is a very powerful video. You are a bright and beautiful young lady. Don’t ever let anyone take that away from you.

    I know your pain in a different way. I am white, but was a chubby little kid who grew into an overweight adult. Back in the 60s and 70’s when I was in school, there were very few overweight kids, many times I would be the only one in the entire class. I was called every name in the book, I was slapped and beat up on several occasions. So, even though we were mistreated for different reasons, I truly know the pain and I’m so sorry you were subjected to ignorant fools who treated you badly because you had a different color skin than they did. That’s truly awful.

    May the Lord bless you, young lady. I wish you much success and happiness and love.

    Wynter

  32. David says:

    I had never heard of you until I saw your post linked on HotAir. That was as powerful a refutation of Toure’s MSNBC pernicious silliness as could be imagined.

    If Toure isn’t truly embarrassed after hearing what you said, then he doesn’t have a conscience at all.

  33. theworldisnotenough says:

    Good work Kira…

  34. Kim Possible says:

    I am sorry to hear about your childhood but I have a few questions.

    1. Are we to believe that every white adult in that diner allowed you to be treated that way just because you were black? Every white adult in your school? church? etc?

    2. Where were your friends when you were beaten and verbally abused every single dayof your life?

    3. Were you ever sickened enough to speak out when white bigots and self hating negros in your own party made disgusting remarks about the President?

    • Brunette says:

      What “white bigots and self-hating negros”, Kim? What disgusting remarks? Links, please.

    • Kingsqueen says:

      Disgusting remarks? Sorry, when have you heard “your conservative base” make ANY racial remarks about the color of the Presidents’ skin? I’m tired of being called “racist” and “bigot” every time I express my displeasure about the current sitting President. I’m sure a lot of every kind of person talked about Bush and I never heard the words racist or bigot used towards anyone regarding Bushes’ skin color. Funny how that works.

  35. Kim Possible says:

    Just as MSNBC laughs at Toure, your conservative base laughs at you. Don’t call them out on their b.s. instead pretend that Toure is the problem. Put a semi black face on their hate. Mitt Romeny grew up in a religion that doesn’t respect the parts of you that are black. Has he changed his mind? Did he outgrow it?

  36. Maudie N Mandeville says:

    re: “You should be embarrassed.” He’s not, he’s liberal.

  37. James says:

    Well said – you have a heart of gold. You should get some air time on TV. You are an excellent representative for conservatives. Others (non-conservatives) should hear what you have to say so they can have a better perspective on life.

  38. bandit says:

    Mr. Toure is unfortunately being hired for exactly what he did and probably paid pretty well for it. The unfortunate part is that he seems to lack perspective and understanding and is not helping whatever his cause is due to the absurdity of his claims. He’s going to find out that he will only be hired for this and very, very soon no one is going to take him seriously except hataz who don’t need to hear him anyway.

  39. Matt says:

    Oh man. This video was some of the most powerful 7 minutes of video I’ve ever seen. After I finished, it was required watching for both kids. Not so much for the Toure aspect, but so they could hear first hand what the incident in the restaurant was like. I wanted to make sure they would NEVER be a silent face in the crowd if something like that happens in their presence. Nobody should ever feel that alone.

    Great video.

  40. Guy Jones says:

    Well-stated, Ms. Davis. An incisive and poignant rebuttal that is all the more powerful for its personal and historical context.

  41. Baja Bert says:

    Kira: You are absolutely magnificent! Thank you for sharing your insights despite the obvious pain you felt in the process. You have accomplished more in that 7 minute video than any picket line or demonstration could ever do. Growing up, and as a young adult, I felt the sting of discrimination and had been assaulted by SOME African Americans who hated Mexicans. But I emphasize that it was only some. I wonder if Toure would have condemned their actions? (Crickets)

  42. Mark Hoover says:

    Thank You Kira. You are a great American/Canadian. All the best to you.

  43. citizenjane says:

    Kira, congratulations for that wonderful letter to the ‘water carrier.’
    Much respect and luck to you. I’d be proud to call you my friend.

  44. Mark says:

    Kira, you are beautiful. On the inside AND the outside.

  45. Jimbo says:

    Kira Davis for President!

  46. mflash says:

    You rock Kira!

  47. Steven says:

    At times like these, it might be well to recall the heritage of the Democratic Party, especially during the antebellum and post Civil War periods. Particularly that lasting legacy of racism known as the “Solid South,” which stuck around up to the 1980s.

    And that is logical, since racism is the lowest, most primitive form of collectivism–the politcal philosophy favored by both Progressives and Democrats alike throughout their political histories. Right up to this very minute.

    The antedote to such is, of course, individualism, the political philosophy of the Founders, despite their and their descendents’ errors in applying it. And it was in loyalty to the principles of individualism, late as it came, that the United States outlawed slavery and, eventually, recognized the indiviudal rights of every American citizen.

    But you won’t find any postmodern liberal standing up for the political philosophy of individualism anytime soon.

    So when it comes to the Democratic Party’s declaration that it has changed from a slave loving political party to an “equlity” loving party, the truth is, they’ve just–as does any demagogue (or vulture)–molted.

    “A demagogue is a leader who obtains power by means of impassioned pleas to the emotions and prejudices of the populace. A populace who elects him, deserves him.” -Anon

  48. david says:

    Miss Kira, you have shared pain as well as the healing that prevented you from the darkness that often swallows the potential of anyone to flourish after such emotional hurt. Leadership is seldom easy, but you have already brought light and dignity to my world, unlike Mr Toure who seems trapped by his race. Thank you for your words and courage. Truth sets us all free.

  49. Anonymous says:

    Not only spoken from the heart, but also the mind.

    Your logic is impeccable.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  50. pat in detroit (area) says:

    Hi Kira,

    I am the owner of thoughts and rantings dot com. I also wrote a piece responding to this tripe. My thing was, toss it back in their faces. After watching your video, I was reminded of the history behind the word. You are correct, it *does* cheapen it greatly.

    I too, have been wronged by blacks. My Cousin Michael Landon Hill was brutally murdered by two black and one Latino Detroit police officers, over something rather stupid. Anyhow, as a white man, it’s been tough. I have to fight the urge to blame the entire race, for something 3 cops did in 1994. It’s something I struggle with everyday.

    Bless you for your raw honesty.

    -Patrick

  51. Beth says:

    I don’t see skin color. I consider it the least important thing. But apparently other people do. A black friend of mine quit talking to me and told me I could not be a friend of hers because I did not support Obama. What?!? Politics are something to argue about and laugh about but in the end, it is all decided at the voting booth with the curtains closed. I have never seen or talked to her since. She told me never to contact her. I am so sad that this person caused a rift between us. The incredible thing he is as much white as he is black. Go figure.

  52. Bob in Va says:

    Kira—thank you for bearing witness to your victory over hate. You honor Him and inspire all of us.

  53. jack says:

    I’m a white guy and I knew that I didn’t like what Toure said. It seemed contrived. Thank you for explaining why it was such a brutal mischaracterization in a way I would never have understood on my own. I love the way you expressed yourself in such a real way. I hope he sees this, but he doesn’t seem like the type to benefit from it.

  54. Patricia Salsbury says:

    Thank you Kira for your heartfelt message. Thank you, too, for standing up and not letting Toure’s thoroughly disgusting accusation go unchecked. I agree with other’s who’ve said you probably won’t get the apology you seek, though you, and the nation as a whole, deserve one. Those who read The Ulsterman Report learned quite a while ago that racism and class division was going to be used big time in this election; it’s all Obama has, because he can’t run on his record. It’s clearly begun. I am sickened by the word Toure used, that of course MSNBC and other liberal news organizations have been splashing all over the place.

  55. W Krebs says:

    Thank you for posting this. The greatness of soul you show is self-evident. I hope this video gives you opportunities to spread your message to a wider audience.

  56. Barb says:

    Powerful message. Good for you. I do hope that Toure” gets this.

  57. Susan says:

    Powerful post, beautifully written. Added you to my reading list.

  58. BigMamaTEA says:

    I was a child growing up during the 60’s and remember even from that young age, those pictures on tv and in magazines.
    I was not raised to see color, and neither were my 4, now adult children. Have I been really THAT asleep? I thought an uber-majority of Americans judge by character; not color of skin. To see clips of that obviously young man, what I called race-baiting was dumbfounding. I thought only JJ & The Rev. were the only one’s left.

    Thank you for speaking out Kira.

    • thinkwell says:

      There are many times when demeanor and appearance are the only clues you may have available upon which to make judgements that may be the difference between safety and injury or worse. There are situations where wise people will take note of the approach of a group of what appear to be possible thugs unrestrained by any sense of personal morality or civility. There is nothing wrong in staying well clear of being cut off by such people who, by their ghetto behavior (e.g., dress, speech patterns, skin tone, i.e., the usual stereotypes) are statistically tens or hundreds of times more likely to do you harm than other random groups you may encounter. When you have nothing else to go by, such defensive “racism”/behaviorism is completely justified. To let such stereotypes carry over after you get to know people personally is not.

    • Daniel says:

      I say this again you are young and have never seen raceism
      up close and personal. The republican party is as racist as you can get have you seen all the things they have done to the president sence he’s been in office. Toure was right and i stand with him and DNCC.

  59. thinkwell says:

    Hello Miss Davis,

    As you probably know and accept, people have the right to dislike you for whatever reason, including simply for your basic, unalterable appearance (as opposed to how you choose to keep, clad and adorn your God-given being). Life is not fair and to be remarkably out of the norm of your peers (in looks or any other obvious way) is not fun for an insecure young person seeking be a valued and accepted member of his or her community.

    As you mature, you learn not to take personally such superficial notoriety – it simply is a fact of human nature when one’s appearance is remarkably outside the norm of one’s peers. Yes, the self-doubt and resulting pain inflicted upon the youth painfully ignorant in his or her innocence is very real, but as you move into adulthood, you learn better, become stronger in many ways than those who have not had to face such trials and simply move on to living the real challenges of life.

    Sadly, some among us become perpetually stuck in taking the unfair random of the slings and arrows of life personally and lash out irrationally. I have sympathy for their feelings, but none for their actions. The commentator Toure seems to be a prime example of this.

    Anyway, take care and thanks for the heartfelt and thought provoking post.

    • Kingsqueen says:

      Daniel, I believe the entire first part of Ms. Kira’s letter is very telling how she felt racism “up close and personal”. Did you read it? And what has the Republican party done to the president since he’s been in office?

  60. EastPhilly says:

    I was deeply moved by your message to Toure. I found your message and your website through Michelle Malkin. I’m happy that I did.

  61. Byron says:

    Just full of awesomeness! Keep fighting the good fight, young lady, and never forget that rats and roaches run from the light…YOU are the Light!!!.

  62. K Teague says:

    Thank you, Kira. You are a beautiful, intelligent young lady, and I hope one day you will seek political office. If you ever move to South Carolina, I’ll vote for you.

  63. I would stand with you at any time. I have a family with 4 children and have told them to not pick friends by race.Pick people who will stand by you.Glad that there are people who see past the hate. Sorry for the hate you had to go through. THE HARTFIELD FAMILY

  64. kafitx says:

    A powerful message articulated simply and clearly.

    Thank you for your strong, rational voice–and for expressing wisdom beyond your years.

    What an exceptional young woman you are!

  65. manuel says:

    I’m just wondering if any one has suggested getting MSNBC to run Kira’s rebuttal on it’s TV Station.

  66. Daniel says:

    Kira
    Mitt Romney does not care about the Black vote or you
    for that matter. California is just as racist as Mississippi
    i have live here for 43 years and has seen quite a lot
    you have to understand these people only care about money and power. There hearts are void of love and compassion. I vote
    and belive me I will be Voting for obama not because he is black
    because he’s the best person for the job.

    • Michael says:

      They both are the same they only care about spending money they don’t earn. Obama does not care either he is just doing what the party wants him to do and garner votes anyway they can. Romney will just spend less LOL

    • juan tomas says:

      Daniel you will wish you had not voted for Obama when he is taking 50% + of your pay check ! He wants to spread the wealth right ? Why then has he NOT put his money in the pot ?? He wants all of us to put our hard earned money in the pot. What is wrong with the picture ???????

    • Kingsqueen says:

      Whoa there Daniel! I live in Mississippi and how dare you call me a racist sir. You know NOTHING about me or anyone here! And Ms. Kira is allowed to feel and believe any way she chooses. This is America after all, right? I guess liberals don’t care about money or power, right? You need to do a little more research on exactly who has money in the Democratic party. Who is more charitable with their money? Democrats or Romney? Get the facts, sir. So much for your statement about “void of love and compassion”. Guess you need to check where your Presidents half siblings live and how poor they are and who ISN’T helping them.

  67. Thomas says:

    Well said, ma’am.

  68. randy yoder says:

    Kira,

    I watched your open letter to Toure at IJR and was extremely impressed! I don’t believe I’ve ever heard/read such an eloquent and powerful account of how racism (and the N word) might affect someone. I will never forget it….

    I’d like to share my comments that I posted there…..

    “what a wonderful, articulate lady….well done!

    I’d like to add….if there was ever a compelling, convincing, noble, heartfelt reason why a person (including myself) should refrain from using the N word and truely understand the painful effect(s) it conjures…the words spoken by this young lady represent it.”

    I plan on reading your blog regularly going forward…..I wish you well and hope your voice is one to be heard by the masses in the future.

  69. IwjwI says:

    Great video. Thank you.

  70. Michael says:

    Your a special person Kira true heart and conviction. It’s embarrassing for me as a white person to here what some white people said to you then and that it still goes on today. But for the liberals to use that as a method to shoot down the other party is so wrong. I shy away from conversations about Obama for fear of some of my black friends calling it racism or hate. It would be honor to call my friend.

  71. BethAnn says:

    What a beautiful letter. Yes, if more Americans were like you, our Country would be far better off. For now, I will be thankful to God that there are young people like you. After reading all the nightmares that are the news, in every day America, you have given me hope. My God bless and keep you.

    –A United States Navy Veteran

  72. Jeff says:

    Thanks for your great words. I am tired of being called a racist because I strongly disagree with what the President is doing and the direction the country is heading. We owe it to everyone to be civil and talk about the issues.
    Disagreement does not equate to racism.

  73. Thomas Weber says:

    I want to thank you for such a wonderful and powerful letter. I myself don’t like “Niggers” whether they are white or black. However my best friends over the years have been black, Phillippino, Korean, and Chinese..

  74. juan tomas says:

    You make me PROUD of you !!! You ROCK girl !!

  75. Cynryn says:

    You are a courageous woman.

  76. ellie says:

    Kiria,
    Just beautiful and from the heart. I hope many people will read your response. I personally think this country should be segregated but only between liberials and conservatives.

  77. Brad Hampton says:

    Sadly, I doubt Toure will bother to read or listen to your open letter, and even if he did, he wouldn’t care. He wouldn’t be the first person who stopped giving a damn what the truth was a long time ago (Michael Moore and Oliver Stone come to mind).

    It’s too bad, too. Your response to his remarks was far more passionate, intelligent, and thoughtful than he could ever hope to be.

    Don’t let his ignorance stop him. He may not care what you have to say, but a lot of people do. You certainly have MY admiration.

    • Kingsqueen says:

      Kira,

      Thank you for standing up for yourself! You are a brave, intelligent young woman and I applaud your courage! I wish more people would find forgiveness.

  78. Ford Prefect says:

    It is interesting how the first time you hear the word shapes your view of it.

    The first time I remember hearing it was in a small town in Alberta. Ringing across the play ground was Jessie is a..

    This was in the Sixties and teachers were still teachers. The next thing I saw was the kid who said it being literally dragged across the play ground by the scruff of his neck.

    As a first grader I did not know all the reasons this word caused my teacher to practically pull this kids head off but I understood you do not use it.

  79. kathryn shrokman says:

    Dear Kira, so very well articulated! So many forms of racism but you have your own personal experiences and have brought many of us to a greater knowledge of how you feel about that word! I grew up in Alabama in 1960! It was very young that I started to realize something was wrong. I would ask my mom and dad who were educated and we had friends from around the world. I was a redhaired, bucktoothed, southern girl that moved to the north after my father died. I know what it is to be taunted, hurt, demoralized, stripped of self before coming of age in to teenage, puberty years. When I was in the 6th grade I was bused in to the city of Virginia and had my real 1st encounter with racism. I was slapped several times by African American girls for being white. I was so naive back then and so hurt. You see I didn’t see color. I was so confused as to why this would happen and scared. But enough about me I just wanted to tell you thank you for writing such an articulate and non hateful response and educating some of us on your perspective. I think we both would have interesting books to write….lol as someone posted to you. You my friend need to be a speaker,a writer. I hope you realize the impact of your response to so many and the emotion that I felt as I was reading….not hate, no ugliness…..facts from your own experience. May you continue to be blessed in your writing and expression of what it is to be you and the world is such a better place for having you! My e-mail is kshrokman@gmail.com or I believe I am the only one on f.b. with this name as my husband is Slovakian descent…lol I would love being your friend! You are my hero of the day! You go girl and I too would love to see you in office somewhere! You have so much to offer! Thanks for writing this! God bless you<3
    kathryn shrokman

  80. Justin says:

    Rage can never stand against dignity like this. Thank you for setting a higher standard than our country has seen in a long time.

  81. Zook says:

    Kira, what a lovely name. I did not hear the comments from Toure, only had the opportunity to read yours. I will have my 61st birthday in September. My experiences have been much worse than yours. I’m not making comparisons but over the years I have certainly learned that being a ‘nigger’ does not mean that you are Black. I’m from Texas. You are a sweet girl, and I feel a little misguided and naive. But keep living. God always makes sure we get the direction and knowledge we need…if we ask for it. I don’t agree with Toure or anyone else calling names. I am just me. When it comes to politics I am an American citizen. Not Republican, not a Democrat, nor Independent. I follow a Spiritual call. Something I’ve noticed not many Americans ‘really’ know about. Keep an open mind, my dear, and pray earnestly for wisdom. You are still growing. We all are. God bless.

  82. Barbara Roberts says:

    Now we know that racism is not just white on black. Racism is not to be tolerated by anyone against anyone.

    Thank you so much for speaking out and calling this exactly what it is.

    • Zook says:

      Of course Barbara. Everybody is prejudiced in some form, whether we admit it or not. That is not the point. The point is why use offensive terms when addressing the media. My thoughts are not prejudiced. How can you support someone who believes everything (attitudes and economics) should return to the way it was when he was growing up. Sounds like the sixties to me. No way do I want to go back there. It may have been good for him, but it was hell for the average Black American. I do however believe that politicians should make it a point not to use race in their politics. It is all about Americans, irregardless of the color of your skins. God loves us all and we should too.

  83. Nat Turner says:

    Kira, you are such a sellout token it is unbelievable. You might as well be a black klan member or a Nazi Jew. Just go ahead and switch. You are pale enough to pass for white. Your racist friends in the kkk…..oops, I mean the GOP would love to have you on their team. Just make sure you limit your rants to denigrating black folks. House negroes. Still sellin out after 400 years!

  84. concerned says:

    Kira, have you read the response to your letter by this former conservative black woman? Outstanding from the beginning to end: http://wearerespectablenegroes.blogspot.com/2012/08/she-was-hurt-by-toure-and-word.html

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