Here's a telling little list of "what ifs" that I lifted from my good friend BAC over at Yikes!.
It's an interesting exercise in perception:
I had naively hoped --believed -- in my youth, that we would be past all this crap by the time I got to this advanced age and started to enter my senescence.
If the answers to these questions reflected reality, do you really believe the poll numbers would be as close as they are?
- What if Michelle Obama walked 5 kids including a pregnant 17 year old on stage? Would racism change the perception?
- What if a video surfaced of Michelle Obama being cleansed of witch craft by a black preacher?
- What if John McCain were a former president of the Harvard Law Review?
- What if Barack Obama finished fifth from the bottom of his graduating class?
- What if McCain were still married to the first woman he said 'I do' to?
- What if Obama were the candidate who left his first wife at the age of 42 (for a 22 year old heiress) after she no longer measured up to his standards?
- What if Michelle Obama were a wife who not only became addicted to pain killers, but acquired them illegally through her charitable organization?
- What if Cindy McCain graduated from Harvard?
- What if Obama were a member of the 'Keating 5'?
- What if McCain was a charismatic, eloquent speaker?
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.
Sadly, I was wrong.