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October 14, 2008

Race in the Race to the White House

Filed under: Daily Observations,Obama,politics,Uncategorized — Julie P @ 2:27 am
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The General Election is three weeks away and the vicious rumors still persist about Barack Obama. Rumors like these:

Some of those rebut persistent but false rumors that Obama isn’t a Christian, or wasn’t born in the United States — or was sworn in to the U.S. Senate with his hand on a Quran, not a Bible. (The mailing shows Obama being sworn in by Vice President Cheney, his hand on a Bible.)

That those rumors persist so close to Election Day frustrates the Obama campaign and its allies.

Over the weekend I had an encounter with the rumor about Barack Obama’s birth certificate. The person who I spoke with adamantly insisted that not only was Barack Obama’s certificate a fraud, but the situation had escalated into litigation. Even with proof from snopes.com and factcheck.org the person would not give an inch. In fact, the person even disputed the legitimacy of snopes.com and factcheck.org in the person’s attempt to belittle Obama.

Since Obama declared his candidacy for President of the United States the inbox on my e-mail account has been flooded almost daily with urban legends, lies, and racist e-mails about Barack Obama. One had even gone so far as to make the claim that Obama is the anti-Christ.

Never in all of my years have I seen a candidate for Office be maligned as badly as I have witnessed Barack Obama get maligned. The attacks on Obama would make Joseph Goebbels proud, and hearken back to McCarthyism. I can only conclude the reason to the persistent, vile rumors and beliefs about Obama are because he is mixed race.

It is only right that the racists are confronted with their racism; it may make them uncomfortable, but in the 21st Century it is time to leave the shackles of racism behind and propel America and all of its citizens to a better future.

I believe that Americans overall will rise above this vile viewpoint and do the right thing, but racism must be confronted.

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  1. If you vote for somebody because of the color of his skin, then you are just as racist as the person who won’t vote for that person for the same reason.

    Racism is racism. No matter how you look at it, if you make a decision based on race, you are a racist.

    Comment by wackoae — October 14, 2008 @ 3:34 am

  2. Julie,

    Thank you for your blog. I am so frustrated by the racist attacks coming from the right. I profoundly respect everyones right to make up their own mind as to whether they want to support Obama or McCain and there are certainly legitimate arguments that one could make regarding experience, but the cloaked and blatent racism infuriates me. I guess the best we can do is to call it out and continue the dialog.

    Comment by Aimee — October 14, 2008 @ 4:10 am

  3. Sorry, I don’t buy it. Racism is caused by proximity and experience with the racial other. The left says its a product of ignorance, but in reality its the result of the daily clash, i.e. knowledge of the other. Ever wonder why the South is more racist than New England? They live with the problem. No multicultural society in history has ever succeeded, and neither will ours. Obama isn’t the solution to our problems inasmuch as he is a symptom of an empire gone off the rails.

    Comment by Jennifer — October 14, 2008 @ 4:11 am

  4. It’s a shame to make this race a “race” issue. Here’ why I will NOT vote for Obama: His policy punishes those who work hard to EARN a decent living. Equal opportunity is NOT socialism. PS – I’m an Asian.

    Comment by da — October 14, 2008 @ 4:16 am

  5. I can’t imagine, in this day and age, that race would even become an issue. Sadly, it is. It amazes me that there are still people in the United States that continue to be so biased. They believe Obama is a terrorist, Muslim, Arab, etc. Even if he was Muslim or an Arab, why would that matter? That being said, the U.S. does not allow someone born of a foreign country to be elected president. Obama and McCain have been thoroughly examined by the CIA and FBI. If either of the candidates has had ties to terrorist activities, I’m certain their campaign would have been nixed from the very start!

    Comment by smith — October 14, 2008 @ 4:18 am

  6. Jennifer, I just would like to say that I am appalled by your statement. To suggest that diversity and multiculturalism are the main factors that cause racism publicly displays your ignorance with the world. We are all human beings and it is purely unmoral and unethical to assume that people of different races and ethnicity cannot get along. It is people like you that make young students like me worry about the future of race relations in this country and I truly hope that you one day realize how wrong you really are.

    Comment by Kayode — October 14, 2008 @ 6:04 pm

  7. “It’s a shame to make this race a “race” issue. Here’ why I will NOT vote for Obama: His policy punishes those who work hard to EARN a decent living. Equal opportunity is NOT socialism. PS – I’m an Asian.”

    Equal opportunity is NOT socialism — Sure it is — just ask your friends on Wall Street who got this country into the financial mess it’s in, that we’ll ALL will have to pay for one way or another–everyone except those directly responsible.

    Too bad that all those financial “experts” and “captains of industry” with all their “experience” on Wall Street didn’t get your memo…

    Comment by BL — October 15, 2008 @ 4:14 am

  8. Kayode, I am pleased that you replied to Jennifer. But I believe that it is illogical for you to say that Jennifer should “one day realize how wrong” she really is. I would say that it might be better to say that it is more beneficial for us all to pursue an egalitarian world. Still, I’ve felt as you felt Kayode. Lets all assume that we are ignorant and agree for a more equalitarian world though. Note: Personal issues are factors related to how this and many countries choose their main ‘policy decider’. Isn’t too much power given to one person for sake of too many differing individuals? just a note.

    Comment by Elogical — October 15, 2008 @ 9:06 am

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