Oct 20, 2011, 11:26 AM
background to all this is very simple. As the clock strikes at this day,
gone as far as alleging that the 'White House' is not a 'Black House'. All in
all, therefore, the contest of 4thNovember
has taken a new twist, now carrying on board, the racial factor. Opinion polls
and various political ratings have from the outset pointed to a clear if not
landslide victory for Obama. While McCain clearly has preponderance of military
experience, Obama excels in economic strategy and development issues. It goes
without doubt that a prudent
An Obama victory seems therefore inevitable from all indications. What keeps the battle still alive is surely what we termed earlier as the racial factor. It is the only factor that could suspend Republican hopes when everything else fails. For a country that has been deeply steeped in racial discrimination and inequality, who can say what exactly to expect from such by-products?
to historical background, and that's only recent 19thand 20thcentury history, Blacks were freed only in
1865 by the 13thAmendment of the
Finding these constitutional measures either too generous, unacceptable or irksome, some Whites, notably southern Whites resorted to fighting Blacks with the view to 'putting them in their place'.Approaches have ranged from prejudice to intimidation to physical attacks, even murder. The KKK achieved indelible notoriety in this regard. For several decades, the 14thand 15thAmendments have been largely disregarded or even flouted through discriminatory practices including the nefarious 'Black Codes' of the South. What the new constitutional provisions had done was merely trigger old latent feelings of hostility and of intrinsic superiority towards Blacks. Are these feelings quickly returning?
Once aroused, those feelings became imposed. The imposition of white superiority and supremacy therefore marched on and forced its way in American society like an unquestionable birthright. Into the 1960s even, tactics of outright intimidation have been commonplace leading at times to brutal assassinations, Dr. Martin Luther King and President John F. Kennedy being two prime examples. It also happens, incidentally, that Democrats comprise substantially Southern Whites, traditionally and historically opposed to Blacks. Could this create derogations and shortfalls of votes in the polling stations and in the Electoral College for Barrack Obama? Chances are, if we have a 'Colourless' contest it shouldn't surprise anyone if Obama wins by a wide margin given his cogent, expert credentials. If McCain wins, the contest was probably not without colour and it should not be a big surprise given in war and peace time, his racial credentials.
'Racism? But isn't it only a form of misanthropy?"