It’s not about race

Ah, so my fellow armchair journalist wishes to dispute my call to “grow up,” eh? Let us examine the points that he wrote. He seems to imply from the get-go that the majority of the president’s opposition is racist. I’d love to know where that statistic came from.

The fact remains that President Obama was elected in 2008 by one heck of a lot of people of all races who were encouraged by his message of hope and change, and four years later those same numbers weren’t there. Did those who became disillusioned suddenly turn racist, or did they merely sour on the president’s policies? I would suspect the latter.

One lady whose letters frequently appear on this page has admitted to having voted for Mr. Obama in 2008, and now is active in her local Tea Party. Sounds to me like she gave him a fair chance and was disappointed, as were, I suspect, the others who abandoned his ideology. I’m sorry, but that does not constitute racism, as many would have us believe.

Regarding Eric Holder, I was referring to a statement issued by Christopher Coates of the Department of Justice, who stated in September of 2009 that the administration was not interested in prosecuting such civil rights cases. Coates, a 20-year member of the ACLU, is hardly a right wing toadie.

The mere fact that Holder’s office issued such a statement gives a bad perception, and perception is everything in politics. Thus, he might possibly be perceived as a racist, and that just might turn off some open-minded sensible people. I noticed that my question about whether opposition to Herman Cain, Condi Rice, etc. constituted racism was not addressed. I must have struck a nerve.

The point is, yes it is possible to disagree with the president, or any other politician regardless of color, without making it a racial issue. As I said before, there will always be racists, and that goes for every race. However, they are on the wane just as sure as the old-time Southern Democrats who upheld segregation are nearly all in their graves, thank God. So let’s work for a bright, new day where we can speak our minds and engage in disagreements without crying racist. It’s wearing thin, like the boy who cried “wolf.”

Ken Robertson