To paraphrase Dr. Martin Luther King: “Judge not a man by the color of his skin but by the content of his character.” So as voting begins this week, I ask anyone who might be hesitant about supporting Senator Obama because he’s “different” to consider this:
WHAT IF John McCain was a former president of the Harvard Law Review and Barack Obama finished fifth from the bottom of his graduating class?
What if John McCain was still married to the first woman he said "I do" to, and Barack Obama left his first wife after she no longer measured up to his standards?
What if Michelle Obama inherited her wealth and recently spent $500,000 in one month on her Visa card, and it was Cindy McCain who graduated from Princeton and succeeded the way most of us have to, by hard work up through the system?
What if Barack Obama was a member of the "Keating 5" and John McCain gave up a lucrative law career to work in his community to better the lives of the less fortunate?
What if John McCain preached the politics of unity and hope, and Barack Obama tried to further divide us with lies and character assassinating smears?
What if these questions reflected reality? Do you really think the polls would be as close as they are? Of course not, but this illustrates the subtle evil of racism, which rationalizes and minimizes positive qualities of the “different” candidate while conveniently turning a blind eye to the negative qualities of the one who’s “one of us.” Racism is morally reprehensible, politically polarizing, subverts our ability to solve America’s profound problems – and all fair-minded citizens must not allow it to determine their vote and the outcome of this all-important election. Or, let’s put it this way:
What if you, like our economy, were thrashing about in the middle of a raging river, about to be pulled under for the last time, and the person on shore with the longest and strongest life-saving rope was an African American – would you turn down his offer to throw it?
– Rick Weaver, Ridgway