It’s that time again. Election season is here and if you’ve been glued to your TV’s like we have you know that it’s a very tight race to The White House (or back to The White House). All of our subscribers and listeners know how much we love to clown around, but lets be serious for a minute. Ask yourselves….Are you educated on the issues at hand? Are you clear as to what each politician’s views are? If your candidate is elected how will your life be affected? If the opposer is elected will your future be compromised? Does race play a role in who you will vote for?
Check out this article written by Robin Egerton that we stumbled upon:
The first Tuesday of November, 2012, will see the United States of America exercising what is perhaps their greatest right – the right to vote for their own leader.
The whole world watched the U.S.’s last Presidential election with uncommon interest because it was historic. For the first time since declaring their independence from Britain in 1776, the United States had a black Presidential candidate, Barak Obama.
At the very onset of the campaign season, race was an issue, whether people wanted to admit it or not. “I don’t have a problem with a black president, it is policy that I’m concerned with,” constituents would say over and over, whether they were for or against those policies. Yet throughout the previous two centuries of America’s existence, one never heard a candidate’s race mentioned. Whiteness was a given.
Race has become a Presidential Issue
American whites who disagreed with Senator Obama’s proposed policies found themselves hesitant about expressing that disagreement, lest they appear racist. American black’s who disagreed with Senator Obama’s proposed policies found themselves hesitant about expressing that disagreement, lest they appear disloyal. Those Americans, black or white, who agreed with Senator Obama’s stand on the issues had no issue; they may be the only demographic to whom race did not matter. Many Americans voted regardless of issues, to show support for America’s belated consideration of a black President.
Should race matter?
Of course not. Those who disagree with the President’s policies have a right and a responsibility to express it, regardless of the President’s race, without having to give a second thought to being perceived a racist. Those who agree with the President’s policies also have a right and a responsibility to support those policies, and should do so no matter what the race of the President is. Nobody in America, the Land where All Men Are Created Equal, should be making a choice in leadership based on skin color. Nobody.
Will Racism Effect 2012?
Americans are very proud of themselves for electing a black president. They have convinced themselves that they are now above racism. Yet many of their votes were based on skin color, whether the vote was for or against. Will that status remain as we approach the presidential election of 2012? Will Americans vote for the black incumbent because they will feel guilty about voting for a white opponent? Will they feel they are sliding backwards if they do not support the black candidate for a second time?
Will those that are opposed to President Obama’s current policies vote against him, believing he is wrong because he is black? Will those that favor the current policies vote for President Obama based on those issues alone, or because they believe he is right because he is black? Or will they stay focused on the issues at hand?
If the focus remains on race, who will be able to effectively run against a black incumbent? A white man may lose votes because he is not black. The voters may not want to feel they are backsliding in their social awareness. Perhaps the opponent should be a woman, of any color, thereby pitting a ‘minority’ against a ‘minority?’ An Indian candidate could assuage black voters who may feel ashamed of voting for a white man. Will it take a black conservative for the 2012 opponent to be competitive? If so, is that not racist in and of itself?
If the opposing candidate in 2012 felt like this former candidate, would the sentiments be taken to heart by the American voters: “I chose to run for the presidency at this moment in history because I believe deeply that we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together – unless we perfect our union by understanding that we may have different stories, but we hold common hopes; that we may not look the same and we may not have come from the same place, but we all want to move in the same direction – towards a better future for our children and our grandchildren” – Barak Obama.
The only way for anyone to mount a realistic challenge for the Presidency in 2012 is for American voters to ignore race, gender and religion, and to study out the issues on their own, and then vote for the candidate who best meets their standards. No candidate will meet every criteria for every voter. Voters should vote for the candidate who most closely meets their expectations, regardless of skin color.
Regardless of who becomes the President of the United States in 2012, the focus should be on the issues, and not the candidates’ race . . . or gender . . . or religion.
Something to think about huh? Make sure you’re fully educated before casting your vote on November 6th, but be real……
Will race play a part in who you vote for? Chime in below in the comments section.