From Letters to the Editors @ Fort Worth Star-Telegram - today
How racism works
What if John McCain were a former president of the Harvard Law Review?
What if Barack Obama finished fifth from the bottom of his graduating
class? What if McCain were still married to the first woman he said "I
do" to? What if Obama were the candidate who left his first wife after
she no longer measured up to his standards?
What if Michelle Obama were a wife who not only became addicted to
pain killers, but acquired them illegally through her charitable
organization? What if Cindy McCain graduated from Harvard? What if
Obama were a member of the "Keating 5"? What if McCain was a
charismatic, eloquent speaker?
If these questions reflected reality, do you really believe the
election numbers would be as close as they are?
This is what racism does. It covers up, rationalizes and maximizes
positive qualities in one candidate and emphasizes negative qualities
in another when there is a color difference.