Originally posted by SpartanKingLeonidas
I am sorry, I disagree with you 100%, I do not care that Obama is black.
But the OP does not contend that SpartanKingLeonidas dislikes Obama because he is black.
He says that race matters. Maybe not to you. But it's
clear that it matters to some.
I was around in 1964 and I was raised in a home where race was an issue. My parents "taught" me that black people were somehow "less than" white
people. Of course, after 50 years or so, I have realized the folly in that assertion, just as I have regarding many other fantasies that my parents
I agree with the OP. That's not to say that everyone who disagrees with Obama does so because of his race OR that everyone who agrees with him does
so because of his race. Not by a long shot. But, like OMS stated, I believe that race is a larger factor than is being acknowledged. Mostly because
when it is brought up, the people who are willing to talk about it are accused of racism themselves.
And sometimes the accusation is correct.
Racism is somewhat of a "taboo" subject. It's sad, too, because I actually enjoy talking about the part race plays in our society, just as I enjoy
talking about religion and politics. I don't deny it. Race matters! There's no doubt in my mind.
To answer the OP's question, "Why pretend that race doesn't matter"?
My thoughts: In today's society, being thought of as "a racist" is shameful. People who are racist should be ashamed. So why would someone admit or
be proud of the fact, even if they are? They may admit it to others of like mind, but they're not going to share it in public where they will be
opening themselves up to mass ridicule. It's like an adult who soils their bed. They're not going to admit that, even if it's true. So, don't
Secondly, it is my theory that many aren't even aware of it. My sister-in-law told me that blacks shouldn't have pets because they're lazy. She
told me several other ridiculous things having to do with black stereotypes in a conversation we were having. She then mentioned her mother and I
asked if her mother was racist, too. She was aghast! "Racist?!?!? I'm not racist"!!! she said.
That's an extreme case, but it illustrates how some people are totally unaware of their own racism. Saying that Obama is Muslim, Arab, a foreigner,
evil, etc., I believe, in most cases has roots in racism.
But it's OK with me if people don't want to admit or acknowledge it. It's not my job to make people face their inner selves. I know what I see and
hear and I have my judgments. But I really don't care if people understand and agree that Obama's race matters to many or not.
[edit on 10-9-2009 by Benevolent Heretic]