posted on Jan, 21 2009 @ 02:03 PM
Originally posted by slicobacon
More true words have never been said! Let it be known that if a black child from a broken home can become POTUS, then there is no need for
Racism is one of the most misunderstood of phenomena, and that statement clearly shows.
Racism today is not your father's racism. people seem to think that the only way to be racist is to call somebody 'n-word', beat and lynch them, and
to segregate them. Its a lot more complex then that.
Barack Obama becoming president had a lot to do with circumstance as well as his own doing. For one, remember that he is a black man who was raised by
whites (his grandparents). Let's say he was raised by just his biological father (who didn't amount to much as a father, it seems) and his mother,
I'm not so sure he would be anywhere near the position he is right now. Not to mention, he grew up in Hawaii, and was thus not exposed to the
absolutely decrepit conditions that Blacks had to deal with in the CONUS. Not to mention Hawaii had a minority white population (white actually
experienced racism in Hawaii during that time), and thus the environment was far better for a person of color to succeed in.
Now, imagine if Obama had grown up in a place like Georgia and Kansas, as opposed to Hawaii. He would have grown up in a society that was segregated
both as an official and unofficial policy. He would have gone to a school of far lesser quality than his white counterparts. The workforce and economy
would have had no place for him, except in one of those go-nowhere jobs on the lower wrungs of the economic ladder. Even if he found a way in, he
would still experienced discrimination and prejudice from his coworkers and superiors. You tell me, how does a person who grew up like that become
POTUS? The answer: He doesn't.
Obama's success was due to whites who decided to put aside their own prejudices to care for one of their own. Obama's ascendency started in a place
where he did not have to endure the level of suffering experienced by others of his kind all across the United States. Obama was born at the right
place and the right time.
The fact is, racism still exists, it just exists in a very sublte, structural form. Pretending like race doesn't matter anymore is proof of racism's
very existence. Boiling it down to problems of the individual and making absurds notions such as putting the onus of pressure on minorities to rid
racism goes to show racism will continue to reign. When people voted for Barack Obama in 2008, they showed that they were willing to look beyond race,
not necessarily that they didn't see race anymore.
[edit on 21-1-2009 by sweatmonicaIdo]