Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Obligatory "You Are A Racist" Article

It was only a matter of time before some hack wrote the story about how everyone is racist even if they don't mean to be. Wray Herbert from Newsweek was the guy who decided to write "The Secret Haters" and basically declar everyone racist even if they don't mean to be a racist. And while he never mentions the word Obama, this is clearly the "if you don't vote for Obama, it's because you are racist" article.

I hate this type of thing. The only goal of such an article is to elicit guilt from the reader, especially if they have made up their mind to vote for the white candidate or the male candidate. I find it completely insulting that this twit believes all people harbor resentment towards certain segments of the population, even if they don't mean to.

If anything, recent events should show how far along in race and sex relations we truly are and should not be chided. We are currently in the midst of a historic campaign that will see either a serious black candidate or woman candidate for president. And both draw support from whites, blacks, men and women. Americans have shown an unbelievable ability, by far, to look beyond race and sex and look to the actual candidates to determine who they will support. Mr. Herbert obviously believes those intentions are clouded.

This article is nothing but a smear campaign against a majority to the population. Granted, there are still bigoted and ignorant people in this country but to lump everyone into that category as Mr. Herbert did is unfair to the vast, vast majority of Americans. It has been a long, bumpy road to where we are today but the progress is undeniable and I believe we are very close to seeing a country that doesn't identify people by race before they identify them by the person they are. Articles like Mr. Herbert's actually damage that progress and demeans all of us.

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