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What Do I Tell My Black Child If Obama Loses?

kywriter Wrote: Nov 01, 2012 7:41 AM
The one thing Obama's election did was prove, DEFINITIVELY, that America is willing to elect a black man as president. Period. Sadly, he and his administration squandered a lot of the positivity of that fact, stirring up racial strife where none previously existed. You tell your kid, the day after Romney wins, that no matter what color or religion you are, that once you get the job, you have to do the job well. Not to the best of your ability - you have to WORK. That even the top isn't the top. That you can always do better. And then tell your child that in order to take advantage of amazing opportunities like becoming president, he needs to work all his life beforehand to be ready to do an incredible job. THAT is where Obama failed.

What do I tell my black child if Barack Obama, America's first black president, loses his bid for re-election? This is a question many parents are asking themselves -- especially those who would blame the loss on racism.

Jubilant black parents on the front pages of newspapers, the day after Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008, said things like, "for the first time" they could "sincerely" say to their children that a black person could realistically aspire to become president of the United States.

The New York Times wrote: "That a new day had dawned was immediately...

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