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As Sen. Barack Obama opens his campaign as the first African American on a major party presidential ticket, nearly half of all Americans say race relations in the country are in bad shape and three in 10 acknowledge feelings of racial prejudice...on feelings of personal racial prejudice: Thirty percent of whites and 34 percent of blacks admit such sentiments.Now, I want to focus on the white racists here, because I think we all already know who all the black people are voting for. Wink-wink. Besides, at 11% of the electorate, 34% of black people doesn't even cover the margin of error.
... about two in 10 (white voters) worry he would overrepresent the interests of African Americans.
I'm not sure what you think he's going to do. Look, the black-loving Democrats have already given away your jobs, and it looks like the only way you're going to get universal healthcare is if black people get it, too. Besides, as long as there are Republicans around to call them "weak on" whatever, the Democrats will be sure to keep Obama from changing too much of anything.
How does it benefit you? First of all, Barack Obama gets you. During his speech on race, he was totally making excuses for you guys, and saying let's agree to disagree, but work together. That's a good point, huh? Who knows, maybe one day, white workers will again get preferential treatment over qualified black applicants, but until then, can't we fix some of what else is wrong?
Secondly, the fact that you voted for Barack Obama will give you license to say all kinds of questionable things around people. "No, I'm not a racist, I voted for Obama!" Sure, you could say that even if you really voted for McCain, but you're only a covert racist, not a liar. You'll also get the pleasure of accusing Obama of "playing the race card" every time someone gives him the gift of what is clearly a necktie made of rope.
Besides, it's the least you can do for him. He has been a one-man boon to passive/aggressive, closet racism, making it OK for cable news panels to make generalizations about blacks and whites by citing "polling data." It's now OK for you to go around insisting that black churches are racist, and even though no candidate has had the courage to come out and ask for your vote, the media has conferred on you the status of a legitimate, and powerful, voting bloc.
Now, you would think that the dyed-in-the-wool, Klan-style racist is a little bit tougher to convince, but I don't see it that way. You guys have been marginalized to such an extent that you don't really have a lot to lose.
There is no candidate running this year who is openly hostile toward black people, so that shouldn't be a factor in your decision. While John McCain's policies will certainly have an adverse effect on black people, they will also have an adverse effect on most of you. His economic plans benefit only the very wealthy, of which there are precious few in any racial demographic. Those of you with health insurance would see it cost many times more, and pay for less.
According to the Washington Post, you guys are having a spike in recruitment thanks to Barack Obama:
Neo-Nazi, skinhead and segregationist groups have reported gains in numbers of visitors to their Web sites and in membership since the senator from Illinois secured the Democratic nomination June 3. His success has aroused a community of racists, experts said, concerned by the possibility of the country's first black president.Now, imagine how many hits you'll be getting on your site, and dues you'll be collecting, after 4 years of President Obama! Or even 8 years! You'll be able to buy a speedboat with your Adsense account.
Kathleen Hall Jamieson, an authority on political communications at the University of Pennsylvania, said overt racial references are risky. But more subtle ads might stir doubts in voters' minds that could lead, in part, to racially tinged subjects, she said.But try to step back for a minute and think. Obama is probably going to win anyway. If he does, there are several upsides for you. If you vote for him en masse, you will be sending the GOP a message that you won't stand for a party that will only wink at you. Next time around, they'll think twice about nominating a guy who's not sure about the Confederate Flag.
"The appeal that suggests that Senator Obama is 'out of touch with American values' invites audiences to ask what 'American' means," Jamieson said. Are voters being asked to link Obama to Wright's anti-American remarks? she said. "To question his patriotism? To fill in their fears and stereotypes? Foreigner? Muslim? For some, that appeal may elicit race-based reactions."
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