We've made a lot of progress in our lifetimes, but there certainly is a long way to go.
Consider Obama/Biden vs McCain/Palin:
What if things were switched around? Think about it... Would the
country's collective point of view be different? How much does
racism influence our opinions? Ponder some of the following:
What if the Obamas had paraded five children across the stage,
including a three-month- old infant and an unwed, pregnant teenage
What if John McCain was a former president of the Harvard Law
Review, while Barack Obama finished fifth from the bottom of his
What if McCain had only married once, and Obama was a divorcee?
What if Obama was the candidate who left his first wife after a
severe disfiguring car accident, when she no longer measured up to
What if Obama had met his second wife in a bar and had a long
affair while he was still married?
What if Michelle Obama was the wife who not only became addicted
to pain killers but also acquired them illegally through her
What if Cindy McCain graduated from Harvard?
What if Obama had been a member of the Keating Five? (The Five
were the United States Senators accused of corruption in 1989,
igniting a major political scandal as part of the largest Savings
and Loan crisis of the late 1980s and early 1990s.)
What if McCain was a charismatic, eloquent speaker, while Obama
couldn't read from a teleprompter?
What if Obama was the one who had military experience that
included discipline problems and a record of crashing seven planes?
What if Obama was the one who was known to display publicly, on
many occasions, a serious anger management problem?
What if Michelle Obama's family had made their money from beer
What if the Obamas had adopted a white child?
You could easily add to this list. If these questions reflected
reality, do you really believe the election numbers would be as
close as they are? Would a black McCain even be allowed to be a
politician much less a potential leader of our country?
This is what racism does. It covers up, rationalizes and minimizes
positive qualities in one candidate and emphasizes negative
qualities in another when there is a color difference.
Barack Obama: Columbia University - B.A. Political Science with a
Specialization in International Relations. Harvard - Juris Doctor
(J.D.) Magna Cum Laude
Joseph Biden: University of Delaware - B.A. in History and B.A. in
Political Science. Syracuse University College of Law - Juris
John McCain: United States Naval Academy - Class rank: 894 of 899
Sarah Palin: Hawaii Pacific University - 1 semester North Idaho
College - 2 semesters, general study University of Idaho - 2
semesters, journalism Matanuska-Susitna College - 1 semester
University of Idaho - 3 semesters, B.A. in Journalism
Education isn't everything, of course, but this is about the
highest offices in the land as well as our standing in the world.
Should our presidents have some proper political education, or
just have the right connections with the lobbyists and special
interest groups? You make the call..