Subject: a black person's view
on whites and obama
Bart, I am a 39 year old black female who started
reading your site on the advice of Mike Malloy.
I enjoy what you write and try to keep up everyday
but this stuff some of your readers write about
Obama is disturbing. Let's face it, whites
and blacks will always view race differently.
What a black person perceives to be racist, a
white person may never understand. It is very difficult
to understand something you've never been, like
a man trying to understand what it's like to have a
period every month. It doesnt mean that
you shouldnt try to understand or "bridge the gap" as it were,
it just means that you have to accept certain
things as they are.
Obama is too dark skinned for anyone to mistake
him as anything other than a black man. He cannot
deny his experiences as a black man growing up
in America. He has had experiences with racism.
He will try to be as colorblind as a great leader
should, but no one has ever asked any president in
America's history to deny his personal experiences
or the things that shaped him to be the person he is.
In other words, no one has ever asked any of our
presidents to be less "white". As the first black
president, Obama will have to do something no
other white president has had to do and that is to be
completely colorblind or deny his "blackness."
It will be expected, even demanded of him (note he has
to change his church and the people he associates
with) and if he should somehow fail to do this,
he will be taken out of office faster than you
can say "Monica Lewinsky".
Keep swinging the hammer Bart, but be careful.
A lot of non-minorites are really starting let
their true colors show and that's gonna
divide us more than any black man ever trying
to set foot in the white house.
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