Sep 22, 2008

God, this really pisses me off.

This truly makes me sad [emphasis mine]:
Deep-seated racial misgivings could cost Barack Obama the White House if the election is close, according to an AP-Yahoo News poll that found one-third of white Democrats harbor negative views toward blacks — many calling them "lazy,""violent" or responsible for their own troubles.

The poll, conducted with Stanford University, suggests that the percentage of voters who may turn away from Obama because of his race could easily be larger than the final difference between the candidates in 2004 — about 2.5 percentage points.
While it really upsets me to hear this, I've always maintained that racism and discrimination, unfortunately, is alive and well. Ask any person of color, and they'll agree. And if they don't, they're lucky.

I often wonder what some white people think about people of color---specifically, the things they think inside their heads; the things they don't say out loud. Or the things they only say when there are no other people of color around.

And now I know. But people of color will continue to persevere. We always do.

I know, I know. People will argue that the premise of this survey was flawed, that its method is inherently designed to prevent a broad sample of the population. That not all white people are racist. Like, really, seriously, open-minded without any pretense.

So yes. Not all white people are racist. But, racism and discrimination---from all sides---still exists. Sad, but true. And it frustrates me to no end.

I really don't know the solution, but I hope to see its resolution in my lifetime.

Is that overly optimistic of me?

Props to Catherine at PovertyBarn for the link.


Paul Malden said...

Scary thing is - in an election that is decided by 4-5%, this could be the determining factor, for sure. I fear people are telling pollsters one thing, then will do another behind the voting booth curtain because they are secret racists.

Paul Malden
(formerly Ignatius M. Dedd)

Mags said...

Hey Paul,


P.S.: I was wondering what happened to you. As you can see, I still have your drawing up on my blog. Hope you're well, and thanks for stopping by!