I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
-The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
If we had realized his dream, we wouldn’t even be talking about the color of people’s skin. And we WOULD be talking about the content of their character.
Obama’s victory, on the one hand, shows how much progress the Black Liberation struggle and its legacy has made in eroding white supremacy. That so many backward white people overcame their own racism to vote for Obama is a sign that the economic crisis is providing the material basis for multinational unity.
I’d say it’s the people who wrote that.
And who would that be? The Party for Socialism and Liberation.
But those people have absolutely no connection to Obama, right?
For reasons we don’t know yet, that party’s phone number is listed along with Obama’s home address!
A different, but related “Who’s racist?” discussion point is this…
I learned recently that a friend of mine who usually votes conservative Republican had actually voted for Obama in this election. I asked him, “Why?” and he answered, “It’s history, man!”
He voted for Obama because Obama would be “the first black President”.
He voted for Obama because of the color of his skin.
This friend of mine happens to have dark skin. I believe that all human beings on this planet are all part of one race – the human race – but most people would describe my friend as “black” or “African American” (even though he’s not an African immigrant and has never even been to Africa).
So consider this…my friend who normally votes conservative Republican voted for Obama not because Obama’s political views have anything in common with his own, not because of the content of Obama’s character, but because the color of Obama’s skin is dark like his own.
Voting for, or against, a candidate solely because of the color of their skin is RACIST.
My friend lives in North Carolina. I believe that Obama carried North Carolina because of, not in spite of, racist voters who voted for the color of Obama’s skin, not the content of his character.