Please, White Folks: Let Us Have DC for the Big Day

You've had 43 chances to see a white prez inaugurated, after all; how about a day of atonement?
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2009 5:59 PM CST
President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration is expected to draw 1 million-plus to Washington, a city with a normal population of only about 600,000, blogger Sister Toldja writes.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A unique plea for keeping crowds manageable in Washington during Barack Obama's inaugural festivities next week gets an (admittedly tongue-in-cheek) airing from blogger Sister Toldja on Me, Myself An Eye: Stay home, white people. Sheer math, for one thing, should do it: "Chances whites have had to go see the inauguration of a white president: 43,” she writes. “Chances blacks have had to go see the inauguration of a black president: 1.”

“But,” she sighs, “I know that sheer logic is not enough to deny the white man what he wants.” Instead, a day of atonement: “Stay home and think about all the ways you can REALLY support our new president’s message of hope and change by confronting your racism.” She concludes: “We can share him on Jan. 21st, but on THE BIG DAY … he’s ours. We need this more than you, trust.”