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  •  I do not parse it as a random factor (0+ / 0-)

    I am responding to the precise word choice of the poster.

    said that half the country completely wrote Obama off for his color

    You can be racist and NOT COMPLETELY write him off.
    and some are not racist.

    we can't smear half of the country like they do it isn't right and it's hypocritical of us to do it.

    it is not factually correct that HALF the country COMPLETELY writes Obama off because of his color.
    we know this because more than half of the country voted for him (rather of those who voted, presumably representative of the entire country, more than half voted for him)

    Those willing to vote for a Black man for President cannot possibly see ONLY that he is Black now and thus are now not willing to vote for him

    that is my rationale.

    Again it is WRONG To label half the country as completely racist HALF of the country
    part is numbers
    part is that in any one person you can can have racist feelings but not be 100% racist before you dismiss someone (as poster said) ONLY because of color

    If this is not clear I can't explain it further. I am not defending racists I think it is horrible. ANd I viewed Obama's race as a positive on his side as well, agreeing with the poster below.

    I am arguing for reality. Half the country is not so racist that they would not even consider Obama. That has been proven wrong.

    When we are using very loaded terms/accusations such as racism, we owe it to people, at the very least, to be precise with who we use that on.

    When we are not precise we fuel the right wing argument that we use accusations of racism (ie play the race card) unfairly.

    If we use it precisely and only when true we have the high road. People see you smearing half the country unfairly they dismiss your argument completely...many middle of the road people.

    (I do not, I am saying how it works on the average person who cannot look beyond the untrue part of that smear to the parts that are true)

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