Last night, I watched Chocolate News. David Allen Grier pointed out that Barack Obama is not BLACK, but 1/2 BLACK. He implored white folks ( like me) to at least vote for the white half. And, the show was damn funny. Too ‘off color’ (yuck-yuck) for some, but I thought it was smart and well done.
I like his point about black/white, and I get it.
Why is Barack Obamas’ race an issue? Fear.
Fear, the culture of and selling of, is what got us where we are now with Bush, one of the worst fearmongers ( his administration, not generally him alone) ever. Lets not make the goof of voting out of fear.
Vote, and vote based on who is the better leader, visionary, diplomat, orator, planner, and organizer. If we elect McCain President, we are basically admitting as a nation that we are still racist. David Sedaris points out : To put them in perspective, I think of being on an airplane. The flight attendant comes down the aisle with her food cart and, eventually, parks it beside my seat. “Can I interest you in the chicken?” she asks. “Or would you prefer the platter of shit with bits of broken glass in it?”
I don’t even think McCain/Palin measures up to a platter of shit. I find it ironic that the Chicken ( a white meat) is Obama, and the Shit Platter ( various hues of brown) is McCain.
In the end, color does not matter. Intelligence, thoughfulness and poise do.