November 11th, 2008


This seriously disturbs me.

I just read this article from NYT about how the Southern democrats are waning in their influence... or at least that's what I thought I was reading. But the last page is entirely about the racism still present there. I think this paragraph sums it all up very nicely:

One white woman said she feared that blacks would now become more “aggressive,” while another volunteered that she was bothered by the idea of a black man “over me” in the White House.

Wow. Just, wow. OK, let me address first that blacks would become more "aggressive". GOOD. Oh, wait, that was meant as "more violent", wasn't it? Yes, whenever a role model of mine shows dignity and calm response to all offenses in a campaign, and achieves his goal the most powerful position in the country, I am inspired to violence too... what?

No, I suspect that what is going to happen, and what might be more frightening to this "white woman" is that this can inspire minorities to feel that they can achieve more professionally, and become more aggressive in the workplace and in social situations in ways that can garner them prestige and achievement. This is a good thing, but some people fear it because of.. well, because of the second statement made..

This is where I address, "..she was bothered by the idea of a black man 'over me'.." Why? I've heard this sentiment applied to female bosses too. But I never understood it, why does having a woman, a minority, a gay, or whomever else be your superior in the political, professional, or social landscape bother anyone? I know it's because "They are inferior, so they can't be superior!" But really, when the person obviously isn't inferior anymore, why does this attitude prevail? And when we've had presidents who are obviously inferior in some form to some of us before, that has never really fundamentally bothered anyone on this level.. why is this different?

But then I've just never understood how an entire subsection of society, applied universally to all persons within that subsection, can be inferior to any other given person. I'm just not built that way, and can't understand when someone else is, I guess. I'm also built in a way where I can look at Obama as a role model for me as well, even though he's of a different gender and race. I just don't care, I still admire his poise and dignity, and wish I could be even half of his strength of character.

I just wish everyone else could understand it is the character that really matters, not the skin color, gender, sexual orientation, or any other superficial trait, superfluous to their duties.