After 31 years in the United States, I find myself more American than I ever expected to be, yet not so American in many ways.
Friday, October 03, 2008
Even elementary school children around here are discussing the upcoming presidential election. The children are clearly influenced in their political views by their parents. One 9 year-old of my acquaintance (not one of my own kids!) walked up to me today and announced unprompted: “That Obma [sic] better win the election.” “Really, why do you want him to win?” “Cuz when they kill him, then the president won’t be a woman.” “And why would any one kill him? You know he’ll have lots of body guards?” “Yeah, but he’s a bl . . . brow . . . umm . . . black man and my dad says people don’t want a black man to be president.”
I wonder who her father would have voted for if Hillary Clinton had been the Democratic candidate for Vice-president?!
Racism is alive and well even in the liberal northeastern United States :-(