Bringing Racial Fears Out Into the Open in a Battleground State

I found this article interesting. It’s about white Virginia voters struggling between their economic interests and negative feelings about voting for a black man that they never had to try to reconcile before. It’s oddly moving; I’m not exactly sure why. Maybe I’m particularly drawn to it because my daughter (sophomore at Barnard College) is going down to Virginia at the end of this month with a group from the Columbia student Democratic organization to get out the vote for Obama.

It’s shaping up to be a very educational experience for her.

3 Responses to “Bringing Racial Fears Out Into the Open in a Battleground State”

  1. gcotharn says:

    Given the frequent thrust on this blog that Obama might be defeated by racist Repubs, your blogpost would’ve been more fair if you had pointed out the detail that the article is largely about racist Democratic Party voters.

  2. Kathy says:

    That would seem to be obvious, since the article is about volunteers for Barack Obama working to get out the vote for Barack Obama, who is the presidential nominee for the Democratic Party. And by the way, no one on this blog that I’m aware of ever said that if Obama were to be defeated because of racism, that racism would be coming from Republicans solely. Racist Republicans by definition are more likely to vote for McCain anyway. It’s obvious that problems with racist feelings would be more problematic among voters coming from the political grouping that could be expected to vote for Obama if not for the fact that he is black: Democrats, registered Independent voters, and uncommitted voters.

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