Excellent letter on race and the election…
The following letter appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. It explains what’s wrong with America just beautifully, and describes a racism most people will never bother to confront.
The political question lately has been if racism will rear its ugly head in the upcoming election, i.e. the Bradley effect. I wish I could believe that the majority of citizens today will choose the next president based on the issues and how the candidate will address those issues, but I am still a skeptic. The reason for my skepticism is the following barometer of cold, hard facts.
What if …
John McCain were a former president of the Harvard Law Review?
Barack Obama finished fifth from the bottom of his graduating class?
McCain were still married to the first woman he said “I do” to?Obama were the candidate who divorced his first wife to marry a very wealthy woman?
- Cindy McCain graduated from Harvard Law?
Michelle Obama became addicted to painkillers and acquired them illegally through her charitable organization?
McCain was a charismatic, eloquent speaker?
- Obama were a member of the “Keating Five”?
If these questions reflected reality, do you really think the election numbers would be as close as they are?
This is how racism works and this is what racism does. It covers up rationality and minimizes positive qualities or emphasizes negative qualities.
I will only add that people rip on Michelle Obama for implying she hasn’t been proud of her country in the past? Gee, wonder why…