"For many, Obama's skin color is deeply symbolic. As the son of an African and a white woman from Kansas, Obama has the brownish 'everyman' skin color shared by hundreds of millions of people. 'He looks like Egyptians. You can walk in the streets and find people who really look like him,' said Manar el-Shorbagi, a specialist in U.S. political affairs at the Cairo university."
This part of the article, dealing with foreign reactions to the Obama candidacy, really struck me. See, here, all the talk is the fact that he is a "black" man. Now this article makes me wonder if Obama would be as well-liked all over the globe if he were a blacker shade of black like most Haitians and Southern Africans. I don't know about you, but were I describing a the shade of a lighter OR darker-skinned black person, I'd use the same descriptive adjective of "black" to describe them just as "blonde" for another regardless of exactly which shade of yellow a person's hair is.
Do you think Obama's particular HUE made a difference to the voters? Do you think some of the talk earlier on the campaign trail of his not being "black enough" is true? Then do you wonder if he may lose the general election because he's "too" black?
It's just such a strannnnge sort of election. On the one hand, it looks like by law, every major media *must* gush about how Obama is the first black presidential candidate for a major party. We're supposed to be elated that this fellow won the candidacy and we could have the FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT EVER (this part must be shouted in some sort of victory voice), thus proving that people are voting based on the content of people's character and not the colour of their skin. And now we're proving it because here's this black fellow becoming president although his Senate voting record bespeaks bad character.
Go back and read the last two sentences again and tell me why I'm confused. Perhaps because I think my politicians should at least pretend to value life? Yet it almost sounds racist to say you WON'T vote for him.
It's a big accomplishment for Obama to achieve the nomination. Do we have to get so hepped up about the fact that he's darker? Presumably he had to run for his Senate seat and it wasn't won by affirmative action. He EARNED the seat based on what the voters thought of him. He deserved the seat not because of his skin colour or lack of colouring, but because people voted him in. And he happens to be black. Is that a political plus? Do we have to play fantasy football with race and gender during elections?
But when I read news articles, it's almost like God The Father Martin Luther King Jr. Himself has given his unqualified endorsement *just* because Obama is black and has secured the nomination. So are we voting against black progress if we simply don't like Obama, don't trust him, and don't vote for him? If we send him home in November, is there going to be an outcry of progress delayed in race integration? Will people accept that McCain won the election fair and square, or would it be "the man" keeping Obama down? Will there be riots? Should we vote for Obama if mass racial violence looms otherwise? Often when a "racial" case goes to court, the police are prepared if the verdict won't be one the masses are happy with. How about the election? Just thinking out loud here.
I'd like neither one to win, really. I'd like to hope people are voting for or against the CANDIDATE based on the candidate's views, but even I find myself looking at McCain and going, needs more make-up! Looks too white! Like a ghost! See, I'm hatin' my own kind. IT SHOULDN'T MAKE A DIFFERENCE. But I guess it does.