The ugly side of politics and people
You would have thought I told her that I wanted to go out in the parking lot and look for a piece of dog poo to snack on, because she gave me a look of utter horror. Because, you know? We were two white girls from western Massachusetts and he was (at the time) *gasp!* black.
And apparently, nice, white eighth-grade girls were not supposed to think black men were hot. Such a disgrace to my race I was.
And apparently, I still am, at least in some circles.
Lately, I’ve been alarmed at the undercurrent of racism that still courses through our society even on this hallowed northeast, Blue State soil. It slaps me in the face via an email I received labeled, “The Obama Trap,” that shows a photo of a crate with a watermelon inside it. It assaults me in the form of a whisper from a woman in my town asserting that she simply “cannot vote for a black man.” It smacks me with the gravely voice of a relative telling me that “dirty Muslim” is going to ruin this country.
Then, we have this horrifying video where you can hear a woman shouting a vicious racial slur about Obama during a Palin speech and even worse, Palin doesn't bother to stop speaking to tell that person that type of "support" isn't wanted. Or acceptable. Which leads me to wonder if maybe she thinks it is?
Finally, we have a segment of the male population who are throwing their votes to Sarah Palin because they think she’s hot.
::insert sound of crickets::
Last week, for fun, I asked my daughters who they would vote for in the upcoming election: John McCain or Barack Obama.
“John McCain!” came Peanut’s enthusiastic reply.
Why, I prodded?
“I don’t like that other guy’s name, Mommy. It sounds funny.”
So then of course we had to have a serious discussion about people and diversity and while she listened carefully, she still proudly declared her support for McCain when I was done. (Probably simply for the shock value it renders in our household. She is going to make an awesome teenager; I can’t wait.)
I don’t care if you don’t want to vote for Obama because you don’t like his policies, or because you think he’s too inexperienced. But just because he’s a black man with a “funny” name? Come on, people.
Let’s please try to elevate our level of thinking at the polls next week beyond that of the average five-year-old.