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A response to Jesse Washington
by Ramona Cook 
09/10/12
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This is a response to an article by Jesse Washington, The Associated Press, published in The Fayetteville Observer, Monday, September 10, 2012. It is titled: “Does racial bias fuel criticism of Obama?”

Hypocrisy is found in some unexpected places. We tend to confine the hypocritical process to religion and religious people.

We should not do that, for in fact I have met people in prison for murder who denigrate another inmate because he/she has committed murder.

I know those who habitually practice extra-marital affairs and berate those who practice homosexual affairs.

I have read this article several times and I am amazed at the racially biased inferences by those who oppose racial bias, as does Mr. Washington, apparently. It is the same hypocrisy as is that used by the murderer and the promiscuous.

I glean from the article, with all its references to professional research that only whites can be racially biased; even though many of them don’t suspect that they are racially biased, the article reports. No mention is made of the Black racial bias against Whites.

Could it be that many Blacks are racially biased while not suspecting it? Has there been a study on that side of the equation? I only know that I have been racially discriminated against on jobs by peers, and there was not an effort to hide the discrimination or abuse; nor was any intervention forthcoming from Black or White supervisors. It is a "don't touch" subject.

I have many dear friends who are of the African-American community, and I likewise have acquaintances of that same community who hold me in reserve because they perceive me to be totally white.

I must, however, ask this very important question, “Am I to conclude from this article that we must forever hereafter vote for a Black person for President so that we can prove ourselves to not be racially biased?

Why does it matter that Romney is White? Very frankly, I would have preferred Allen West for the Republican Candidate or Herman Cain. But does it matter to me that their skin is Black? I don’t prefer them because they are Black; I prefer their brand of politics!

I suspect that the purpose for this “racial bias” hullabaloo is based solely in a thinly masked effort to play the race card for political advantage, yet again.

Overall, America proved herself “not racially biased” when she elected Barak Obama to the Oval Office. The Blacks did not elect him alone. There are not enough votes to prevail. So Whites and Blacks elected Obama for President.

Presidents, and all who vie for political positions, should be elected by the people based on the people’s preferences as individuals. If the color of a man’s skin is important to you, then go for it! Do not however suppose that all should think as you do.

If votes are to be cast by voters based on the color of the candidate’s skin then be advised, your racially biased “hypocrisy” hides from no one, except perhaps you; and this is true of all people, red, yellow, black and white.

My conclusion: “Does racial bias fuel criticism of Obama?”

With some it probably does; but then doesn’t racial bias fuel criticism of Romney also? It’s equal.

Will we ever be able to get everyone just as we wish them to be?

Why don’t we accept that all is not perfect and stop pushing for political mileage from the “racial bias” issue? Perhaps if some of us must push the racial bias issue, then all of us must ask the question of whether the door is swinging in both directions.

Could we please look at the real issues and not the color of a candidates’ complexion? After all it’s a skin deep subject, and that is so thin.

Ramona 09/10/2012


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