How many people in the United States of America want to get a biracial/black man out of the presidency at any and all costs? Earlier (today) MSNBC aired a segment onapparant racial prejudice in the 2012 presidential race, commenting it has been said by some to get the “white” back in the Whitehouse. A 2009 Gallup Poll shows that 89 percent of the members of the Republican party were white, and recent research raises that number to as high as 92 percent. Voter Photo Identification Cards target limiting blacks and minorities, making it difficult to cast their votes, and in the case of 93 year old Vivian Applewhite, a Mississippi black woman who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for this very right, now will make it impossible for her to vote, due to lost adoption papers from a Mississippi adopttion agency. Is racial prejudice approaching xenophobia in this country?
Then there are “those people” who do not look just like us white folks in this country, crossing our borders, the border to the south I mean. The way Americans are treating Mexicans these days, or any other Central or South American, African, Middle Eastern or any other world traveler to our great land, makes me wonder if only white Americans are human beings, and everyone else on the planet is of the much “lesser” caste, in line with how white men treated Native Americans, our predecessors.
The New Yorker (recently) stated that there is a tendancy to see President Barak Obama as an extension of black achievement, but that having him as president is not a barometer of changing white attitudes. It also stated that the 2008 election wasn’t the star spangled “Kumbaya” it was billed to be.
Voters in the United States need to cast votes based on whether or not they totally want to decimate Medicare, do away with Pell Grants for our college students, and important issues facing all, young and old alike, not on the underlying apparant fear of a non-white president.
Xenophobia is a severe aversion to foreigners, strangers, their politics and cultures; any fear related to individuals and groups perceived as being different from the person with the phobia. This is a psychological condition, a phobia, and like its counterparts of racism and other forms of prejudice based solely on ethnicity, ancestry or race, has no constructive place in the decision making minds of voters.