Racism charges fly in Presidential race.

Oct 14, 2008 by

racistbf5 Racism charges have been leveled all too frequently in the Presidential race. The most recent example involves a sign that was posted outside a small town in Missouri. The sign had a caricature of Senator Obama wearing a turban with the middle name Hussein in quotes. Beneath the caricature were the words:

Equals More – Abortions, same sex marriages, taxes, gun regulations.

I cannot remember where the sign was first blogged about but the comments about it were mostly about how racist it was and how the town where the sign was posted was full of racists and bigots. On FriendFeed, a social media site, one commenter said it was a “shining example” of small town values. His assertion was that most small towns were inhabited by racists and that a sign like this would have never been allowed to have been erected in a large town with a significant minority population. Most of the other comments I read were about how racist it was, how all McCain supporters were racists, and that this is the type of racism that Obama has to contend with.

At the risk of being labeled a racist myself, I just don’t see anything in this sign that is  racist. The obvious reference to Obama being a Muslim,  with the emphasis on his middle name and the turban, are hardly racist. If anything, it may be a slight against Muslims, but Muslims are not a race, they are a religion. While the caricature of Obama is anything but flattering, I have seen worse ones of President Bush, John McCain, and even Sarah Palin. I have seen attacks similar to this perpetrated by the MSM against President Bush, John McCain, and Sarah Palin and no one ever called them racist. Does the simple fact that Senator Obama is African-American make the sign racist? Are you not allowed to level accusations against African-Americans without automatically being labeled a racist? Is there a double standard in effect here?

The dictionary definition of a racist is “ a person with a prejudiced belief that one race is superior to others.” In what way does this sign foster that belief? The dictionary definition of racism is “ a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to rule others.”  Again, in what way does the sign foster that belief? Is the fact that many people believe Obama stands for the things that the sign accuses him of  racist?  Aren’t the assertions listed commonly believed to be what most Democrats support?  If given a chose, a percentage of blacks would always vote for a black candidate just as a percentage of whites would always vote for a white candidate. Is this racist or simply the belief that one of your same race can best represent you? Even if that belief is not necessarily true, it is hardly racist.

Being white, I know that I may see some things differently than a black person would. And while this sign is unflattering and the accusations may not be totally accurate, and it may be pandering to the fears that Obama is somehow soft on terrorism because of his alleged Muslim background, I don’t see how it can be labeled racist. If someone sees things differently, and I am sure some may, I invite you to enlighten and educate me on the matter.


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