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Obama: A Different Kind of Black Man

Is White American Racism Driving Some Republicans to Vote for McCain?

The newspaper headlines read, "McCain Wins!" Television news announcers report, "It was a close race, McCain is elected!" Radio broadcasters exclaim, "McCain is the next President of the United States!" Is this what you want? Is this what you really want? Have you bought into the hype that Senator Barack Obama is too inexperienced to be president? There were other Presidents before him that were inexperienced as well, can we say former President Bill Clinton for starters. What is the real truth behind the truth, I'll tell you, "He's black."

You know what your parents said about black people. You heard the big black man stories. You laughed at the black jokes. You watched the black lady in the store, you know the one "with the attitude." Black people what do you really think about them? There are black people who don't like black people. There are white people who don't like black people. There are Asians, Hispanics, and Europeans who just don't like Blacks. It doesn't matter what contributions they made to American history. There were ignorant White Americans seated at the Republican National Convention who still believe that blacks need to stay in their place and the White House is the last place they want to see any color, but white.

Fear

People fear what they don't understand. There are white people who can still walk this earth and not interact with a single black person that's a fact. I attended a college in rural Illinois and many of my classmates had never talked to a black person let alone touched them. They simply never felt the need to learn about black Americans, let alone bi-racial ones. Why? It's not like there were history books filled with examples of Blacks who ran corporations, owned oil companies or invested in the stock market.

Obama is technically not all black, he is bi-racial. He is mixed with Nigerian and Caucasian blood, interesting? A black and white man who hopefully will be black and white in his decision making as well, we need no gray areas, thank you very much! Anyway, I digress, the point is Obama knows white. What do I mean? He knows white culture, the white mindset, white mannerisms, and most of all the White House. Don't underestimate this man. He didn't grow up in a society that he could afford to move away from white people even if he wanted to, but white people could move away from him. Which brings me to this point, there are ignorant white people who don't know black. What do I mean? They may know about a black list, black market, or maybe had experience being black-balled, but they really aren't familiar with a highly-educated black man. Quite honestly, there are far more uneducated, jailed black men, then there are educated ones. So if an ignorant person isn't use to seeing a man like Obama behaving in a non-stereotypical way, he or she will find his or her self grasping for faults.

Ignorance

Many parents are still living who grew up during the time when there were whites and blacks separated by signs, seats, doors and the like. Therefore, these people who have unresolved issues about integrating with "you people" are still angry. However, some aren't going to come out and say what they really feel for fear of backlash. So they will hide behind stereotypical caricatures, catch phrases like "hockey moms", sit in places where the majority are white (ie. Republican National Convention) etc. These are simply smoke signals letting everyone who knows what they mean "to come join our side if you are tired of these minorities not staying in their places." The younger generation or those who haven't been exposed to ignorant parents, don't understand what is going on and they ask, "What's all the fuss about race?" Just sit back, be quiet and observe, and don't allow their behavior to rub off on you. Know why you do the things you do, say the things you do, and feel the way you do about any race and if it is negative, do something positive to change it.

Cultural Diversity Training

During his campaign, Obama has been hosting cultural diversity training workshops in a matter of speaking. I say that, because he is trying to educate America on who he is, where he came from and what he can bring to the table. The problem is there is a vast amount of people who aren't black or white that need to be reached. Who is this man they ask, really, honestly? They have to be sold on the issues bottom line. However, there are still those ignorant older white Americans who simply need to be re-educated on what really matters to them, "Are blacks really like this...What kind of black are you..." Let's be real, don't you want to know too? In the world of the ignorant, there are categories for certain blacks. There are hardworking blacks, lazy ones, thieves, rapists, etc. Is Obama tainted? They don't even consider that their are similar categories in their own race. Ignorant white Americans want to know what kind of black is going to the white house?

Racial Stereotypes

Obama seems to be a straight shooter, but then again maybe not. What would have happened had he shouted out a long list of stereotypes associated with being black and explained why he wasn't any of them? I'm sure he would have at least gained the respect of the head leaders of the Ku Klux Klan or Arian Nation. Don't tell me you think they don't exist, they are alive and well just put the names in your search engine window and be prepared to be offended! Obama needs to do a better job and kill the fear. That is why some accuse him in the black community of "acting white" these ignorant blacks want to know what kind of black he is too. They may support him, but they are worried. Is he really an Uncle Tom and his wife, Michelle Obama, an Aunt Tammy? Will they let blacks down on the issues to appease whites and other races?

Like new relationships that begin with unresolved issues, to have a relationship with Obama you will have to let go of the past in order to see the future! We all want to see change, even McCain, that's why he is copying Obama's platform. There are white Americans who really want to give Obama a chance and they are sincerely looking pass the fact he is black. However, there are still others who can't look pass his light skin, articulate speaking voice, and nice physique, he's a different kind of black man.

Nicholl McGuire

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