Thursday, March 13, 2008

Racism in Presidential Politics

Rush Limbaugh on ESPN's NFL Countdown program on 9/28/03) talking about Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb:
"I don't think he's [Donovan McNabb] been that good from the get-go. I think what we've had here is a little social concern in the NFL. I think the media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. They're interested in black coaches and black quarterbacks doing well. I think there's a little hope invested in McNabb and he got a lot of credit for the performance of his team that he really didn't deserve. The defense carried this team."
Rush "resigned" after the quote.

Geraldine Ferraro, former Presidential VP candidate with Walter Mondale, recently told a California newspaper:
"if Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position."
She "resigned" from the Clinton administration. Clinton has repudiated her comments [as racist]...thrown under the bus. Obama also disapproved...coming from a man who is a member of the one of the most racist churches in America.

Her comments are not racist. (She may be a racist but these comments are not.) The statements are merely a component of this year's election process. Just like Clinton's campaign is historic because she would be the first female President, Obama could be America's first black President. It is part of the "history." It should be discussed.

Obama claims the voter will decide the next President based on the issues, not on race. I hope so, because Obama will lose. But the current polls say otherwise. According to Rasmussen Reports, of likely Democrat voters nationwide:
Black: Obama 81% Clinton 7%
White: Clinton 50% Obama 39%

Women: Clinton 51% Obama 40%
Men: Obama 60% Clinton 28%
It seems obvious the Democrats have the corner on racism. Whites (non-minorities) cannot talk about race openly. However, any minority race can say whatever they want about race, because are part of a minority. By their definition, they cannot be racists.

Race and gender are part of this year election because of the possibility of them being a first. But that should be just a small part of the discussion. Unfortunately, it is starting to dominate.

I agree with Obama: the nominee and new President should be decided on the issues. Because if that is the case, Clinton and Obama will fail.

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