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Subtle Racist Attitudes are Revealed by Pondering the perceptions of Reversals

Rev. Monika Sambell

Consider what the public reaction would be if some of the characteristics of the 2008 US Presidential candidates were switched. Thena sk yourself whether racism lives in the U.S. or not.

 As one who was subjected to covert and overt racism and sexism throughout my career, I believe this message is worth pondering.

Food for thought…

A question of perspective : Obama/Biden  vs McCain/Palin, what if things were switched around?.....  think about it.

Would the country's  collective point of view be different? Could racism be  the culprit?

Ponder the following:

What  if the Obamas had paraded five children across the  stage, including a three month old infant and an  unwed, pregnant teenage daughter?

What if John  McCain was a former president of the Harvard Law  Review? What if Barack Obama finished fifth  from the bottom of his graduating class?

What  if McCain had only married once, and Obama was a  divorcee?

What if Obama was the candidate who  left his first wife after a severe disfiguring car  accident, when she no longer measured up to his  standards?

What if Obama had met his second  wife in a bar and had a long affair while he was  still married?

What if Michelle Obama was the  wife who not only became addicted to pain killers  but also acquired them illegally through her  charitable organization?

What if Cindy McCain  graduated from Harvard?

What if Obama had been  a member of the Keating Five? (The Keating Five  were five United States Senators accused of  corruption in 1989, igniting a major political  scandal as part of the larger Savings and Loan  crisis of the late 1980s and early 1990s.)

What  if McCain was a charismatic, eloquent  speaker?

What if Obama couldn't read from a  teleprompter?

What if Obama was the one who had  military experience that included discipline  problems and a record of crashing seven  planes?

What if Obama was the one who was known  to display publicly, on many occasions, a serious  anger management problem?

What if Michelle  Obama's family had made their money from beer  distribution?

What if the Obamas had adopted a  white child?

You could easily add to this list.  If these questions reflected reality, do you really  believe the election numbers would be as close as they  are?

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.

Educational  Background:

Barack Obama: Columbia   University - B.A. Political Science with a  Specialization in International  Relations. Harvard - Juris Doctor (J.D.) Magna Cum  Laude

Joseph Biden: University of Delaware -  B.A. in History and B.A. in Political  Science. Syracuse University College of Law - Juris  Doctor (J.D.)


John McCain: United  States Naval Academy - Class rank: 894 of  899

Sarah Palin: Hawaii Pacific University -  1 semester North Idaho College - 2 semesters -  general study University of Idaho - 2 semesters -  journalism Matanuska-Susitna College - 1  semester University of Idaho - 3 semesters - B.A.  in Journalism

Education isn't everything, but  this is about the two highest offices in the land  as well as our standing in the world. You make the  call.


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