Thursday, March 15, 2007

on Life

Chris Rock on the presidential race:

"Maybe Barack will win, but I probably won’t see a black president. There’s real equality when you don't notice [race], you don't even talk about it. I probably won’t live to see that."

I couldn't have said it better. There's so much hype about Barack Obama; he's become like a rock star in the political arena. But the fact is that people still fixate on his skin color. He's really not an African-American as most people refer to him. He's an American with a Kenyan father. But people find it much easier to just look at him and say, he's black. He shouldn't be noticed because he is intelligent and eloquent for a black man. He should be noticed because he is intelligent and eloquent. Period. But would he really be given this much attention if he weren't black? If he fit in with the rest of Congress in terms of his background? I don't think so.

I've said this before-- racism is not only the negative view of a group of people. Racism is when skin color determines/decides your perception of a person or people. If Barack Obama is a good presidential candidate, it should be because he's qualified and capable, whether he's black, white or purple.

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