posted on Oct, 1 2008 @ 07:57 PM
The people here are representative of a certain demographic. They have computers, use the internet, have an interest in certain things that lead up to
them participating on these forums.
So when people say, "I'm not racist, and heck, there's no such thing as racism. It doesn't apply anymore. People are going to vote for the best
guy", it might seem like that, from this perspective. But there are other people, in very different demographics.
I grew up in a small town in Idaho. Less than 5000 people. Earlier this year, for the 4th of July, I went back to this town and spent a week with
family, old friends and the community.
This is the sort of place that still has public dances, fireworks, parades, rodeos and food stands, where the small community all piles into the
downtown spending all day there, milling in the corner bars(places that akin to what you think of when you think of English Pubs) to drink and be
Several times during my stay, the conversation ran towards politics.
And you're wrong if you think there's no such thing as racism as a factor in this election. While for the most part, these people seemed to have no
problem with Obama as a man, it was the idea of 'blacks as a whole', that bothered them. They fear "blacks taking over the Whitehouse" and other
such things. They're thinking emotionally, not rationally.
Racism isn't a rare thing, it's a matter of fact. Sure, it's a lot more subtle than having two water fountains, or making people ride in the back
of the bus, but it's there nonetheless.
The way I read it, they'd vote for McCain, but they're really unhappy with the last eight years, even though most of them voted for Bush. They want
another option. But they're uncomfortable with Obama's race. And Hillary? While many of them seem to like her, many of them seem to hate her too.
Again, it seemed to be mostly an emotional thing, no one could give me reasons, just things like, "She's shrill, she's bitchy, etc." But not one
comment about her abilities, knowledge or experience.