- Mar 13, 2005
Though I'm sure racism is a major motivating factor on both sides, it's unfair to say that whites who won't vote for Obama are racist. Couldn't it be possible that many whites are centrist or right leaning and see Obama as being too far left. I think that many of the white Democrats who wouldn't vote for Obama might be iclined to vote for someone like Colin Powell.Originally posted by: Craig234
When a black is voting for Obama with his race as a factor (his politics also have to be in agreement with them, they wouldn't vote for Clarence Thomas), as most are, it means that they're very excited to see one of the group which as a history of being discriminated against for hundreds of years be able to end the streak of 43 white presidents by having someone else get to be in charge for 4 or 8 years. It's racial, not racist.Originally posted by: LTC8K6
He may turn out to be correct. We are already hearing it about WV.
If Obama doesn't play the race card, I'll be amazed.
We hear little about the majority of blacks voting for Obama, though.
If the majority of whites vote for Hillary or McCain, it is, or will be, attributed to racism.
When a white is voting against Obama because he's black, it's typically racist.
You can see the difference in the fact that the racist voters refusing to vote for Obama might say they are not willing to vote for a black, but Obama supporters don't say they won't vote for a white. Rather it's that they have never had a chance to vote for a black president before. There's some subtle line between 'preferring your own race', and being completely insensitive to other races having any equal chance for power.
While a member of an underrepresented minority and a member of an overrepresented majority voting for their own race looks like the same thing on the surface, it's not.
Of course all races are able to abuse the power of majority, to mistreat minority groups. Ask many white South Africans today how they feel. Ask many whites who are subject to the authority of Native Americans. But that's no excuse for equating the desire for some equal share by minorities with the corruption of being happy to vote for unfair dominance by the majority.
We don't see a lot of politics around the eye color of the president, because there isn't a history of discrimination, there's not bigotry around it. If there were, we'd see the same issues as we do with race. If we could say every president had one color of eyes and that for the history of our country other candidates were unelectable because the nation 'wasn't ready' for their eye color and such, the situation would resemble race, with candidates of the other eye color wanting to see one of theirs elected, etc.