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What Do I Tell My Black Child If Obama Loses?

ReddestNeck Wrote: Nov 01, 2012 11:01 AM
Race DID have something to do with it, and the story is ugly. At the most benign, whites tried to use an incompetent black to expiate their guilt real or imagined, while blacks tried to use the same incompetent black to assuage a false sense of inferiority. Even more cynical explanations are likely also part of the picture.

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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