Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Obama is a victim of racism

I've been watching and listening to the recent political ads with great horror. I'm sure that many of the people buying the ads and many of the people against whom the ads are directed are probably quite decent people, but something seems to have turned them all against one another. One victim of all this, even though he isn't running this year, is the president of the United States, Barack Obama.

For the last two years he has had problems with the economy and with the high rate of unemployment. He has been honest about the problems, and so far as I can see, has been working very hard to gain consensus among all the other political personalities involved in decision making for the country.

But he has not gained consensus. And, although nobody else seems to want to bring it up, it has occurred to me that a factor in his lack of effectiveness is an unspoken racism, still prevalent after all these decades and still making ugly everything it touches. I think the perception of Barack Obama's racial heritage has fueled the bits of prejudice that still remain in the emotions of some people, many of them, unfortunately, politicians.

I believe in the essential worth of our political system, but something has soured it, and I think that something is racism, pure and simple. It must be overcome.

Hermione Watkinson


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