posted on Aug, 3 2008 @ 11:20 AM
Originally posted by Slothrop
this is one of those oh-so-sensitive pointed questions that most people would never directly ask nor answer in person. i would, and have, and do, but
most people wouldn't. so let me ask it here, on the internet:
I appreciate you asking this question.
Because I believe possibly having the first black president is a BIG DEAL in this country. And race IS
going to play a part. The part it plays will make a statement about who we are as a country.
whom are you supporting in the presidential election and does obama's race play a factor?
I am supporting Obama and while the color of his skin doesn't matter to me, the fact that he has a different perspective on civil rights and equality
DOES matter to me. And to the extent that his perspective is due to having lived his life as a mixed race person, then yes, it does matter. Because I
am interested in someone who has a different perspective. Not because I necessarily want a president with a dark pigment.
mccain and yes, it does play some role in my decision but i would have supported mccain against any democrat.
I used to think that race was a big issue for Republicans, but I'm coming to understand that for most Republicans, it's not really race that is the
issue, but political party. For example, if Condi Rice or Colin Powell was the Republican nominee and, say Joe Biden, the Democrat, would their race
play a part? I doubt it.
This is a curious subject for me because I have been puzzled by people who claim that Obama's race doesn't matter, yet they don't want him to be
president because he's a Muslim, he hates America, he refuses to wear a flag pin, and he's a socialist. Since NONE of those are true, I USED to
think that obviously, his race is the problem.
But I now realize it's simply because he's a Democrat and they're playing the "election game" and they want their team to win. The more they can
slam the "other team", the better chance they have of "winning". I think that's probably closest to the truth for most Obama-haters. Like you
said, race may play a part, but they would vote for anyone to keep a Democrat from winning.