Monday, October 20, 2008

more food for thought

I totally stole this from an online comment from a news story, but I thought the points were so well made, I wanted to throw it out there. This comment addresses the effect that racism has on this whole election process.

Just think. What if Obama and McCain traded places?

What if things were switched around?

Think about it. Would the country’s collective point of view be different?

What if the Obamas had paraded five children across the stage, following the debate, including a three month-old infant and an unwed, pregnant teenage daughter?

What if John McCain was a former president of the Harvard Law Review?

What if Barack Obama finished fifth from the bottom of his college graduating class?

What if McCain had only married once, and Obama was a divorcee?

What if Obama had met his second wife in a bar and had a long affair while he was still married?

What if Michelle Obama was the wife who not only became addicted to pain killers but also acquired them illegally through her charitable organization?

What if Cindy McCain graduated from Harvard?

What if Obama had been a member of the Keating Five? (The Keating Five were five United States Senators accused of corruption in 1989, igniting a major political scandal as part of the larger Savings and Loan crisis of the late 1980s and early 1990s.)

What if Obama couldn’t read from a teleprompter?

What if Obama was the one who had military experience that included discipline problems and a record of crashing seven planes?

What if Obama was the one who was known to publicly display a serious anger management problem?

What if Michelle Obama’s family had made their money from beer distribution?

You could easily add to this list. If these questions reflected a reality, if the tables were turned, do you really believe the election numbers would be as close as they are?

This is what racism does. It covers up, rationalizes and minimizes positive qualities and emphasizes negative characteristics in one candidate, and does the opposite in another candidate when there is a color difference. Racism takes the stereotypes that already exist, and builds on them as if they were known facts rather than unmerited assumptions.

And, think of this - the candidates’ educational backgrounds:

Barack Obama:
Columbia University - B. A. Political Science with a Specialization in
International Relations.
Harvard - Juris Doctor (J. D.) Magna Cum Laude

Joseph Biden:
University of Delaware - B. A. in History and B. A. in Political Science.
Syracuse University College of Law - Juris Doctor (J. D.)

John McCain:
United States Naval Academy - Class rank: 894 of 899

Sarah Palin:
Hawaii Pacific University - 1 semester
North Idaho College - 2 semesters - general study
University of Idaho - 2 semesters - journalism
Matanuska-Susitna College - 1 semester
University of Idaho - 3 semesters - B. A. in Journalism

Education isn’t everything, but this is about the two highest offices in
the land, as well as our standing in the world.

You make the call.


karen said...

Great post Daisy. These are points worthy of real consideration. Thanks for sharing.

Smilingsal said...


Race has nothing to do with this election.

What if McCain voted to kill unborn babies? But he didn't--Obama did!

No matter who wins this election, God is in charge, and I will pray for my president.

This is ugliness at work.


d & x said...

Smiling Sal,

Obviously you have lived under a rock for the better half of your life. This is simply stating facts. Race has become a huge issue. Why is it that McCain supporters have to hold up a monkey with Obama taped up to his forehead? That's not about race? Why does another McCain supporter have to have a skeleton hanging from his front yard with a noose around the neck and Obama on it? That's not about race? I could go on but we would be here all year.

I thought this country was about freedom. Freedom of choice. You shouldn't be judging Obama because he voted for abortion. Who are you to tell someone that they have to carry a baby full term? You should be able to make that decision for yourself not for everyone else.

Being blind to the facts is ugliness at work!

Good day!

Stacey B said...

Aren't we supposed to judge the candidates according to what they are for and against? To say we shouldn't judge obama because of what he stands for wouldn't be correct. I don't disagree with you d &amp x that it is wrong how some mccain supporter's are treating this election with their horrible acts against obama. But that doesn't mean that everyone for mccain thinks that we shouldn't have a black president. we vote based on what we believe and finding the candidate who we think would do the best job.

Some people want this country to be a place that has traditional values and some want this country to be a place of freedom of choice. Where do we draw the line? Should we give someone the choice to streak up and down the street naked because it is their choice to do that? Where do we draw the line of what is wrong, and what is right?? Who decides this? All of these things shape how we vote, and its sad to see when race has to come into play but I would think and hope that in today's day and age that race wouldn't be an issue (even though it is).

daisymarie said...

This was very enlightening...I didn't have the education info before this.

Crazy Daisy said...

Very interesting post! I agree race is still an issue, in this election and beyond. Unfortunately, this issue is just as alive as sexism, ageism, etc... This is a very interesting way to put the race issue into the light. I'm sure if things were as mentioned in your post, the numbers would be very different.

Faith said...

Thanks for the facts, I hadn't realized some of these. People who are not voting for Obama because he is black have to remember that his mother is white! I think race will always be an issue with some people unfortunately. I don't think we'll ever escape it. It seems to get better with time, but it'll always be there for some people.

katemcdonald said...

WHAT A FANTASTIC POST. SERIOUSLY. I am considering posting a link to this...its been heated on my blog with lots of name calling so I a little hesitant.. for that reason ONLY.

Anonymous said...

LOL this post just makes me freaking laugh. You have got to be kidding if you think Race is playing that kind of a role in this race. Race has never, never, never crossed my mind - it plays NO role in my vote for McCain/Palin. None at all. Who do you think you are.


Faith said...

It does for SOME people. I've heard it personally.

jennys mama said...

My, oh my, Beth. Such defensiveness for someone who has such a closed mind.