A new poll out today is not, I suppose really news to anyone who lives in, and pays attention to life in these United States.
And contrary to some of those who would like to see this as a Democratic issue, it is not. Clearly, were the Republicans running a black man for the Presidency, the results would be similiar.
The history of inequality among the different races, classes, sexes, sexual preferences, and religions in the United States of America is as old as the country itself, despite our best efforts in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. We mean well, and often, individually, we do well. But, collectively, as a country, we have had to pass amendment after amendment to our original Constitution just to try and get things right. And still, we fall short, even with laws to protect us.
Some people. yes, choose to hide behind the mantle of victimization, and while I do not approve of that course of action–I would rather see people fight oppression than merely use their lesser "status" as a bully club–I do, sometimes understand the level of frustration that comes from continually being a second class citizen, or being judged by a stereotype that is outdated and shopworn, were it ever really based in anything but myth.
What makes me scared is the fear that people feel for others who are not like them and how that fear robs them of the ability to see a man for who he is, rather than who they think he must be. Has the media and our own mythologizing of black men and women so inured us to the reality of them as individuals?
It is a terrible thing that in a nation as rooted in democracy as ours is; a nation as peopled by the potential for kindness and goodness as ours is; a land as rich in resources plentiful enough for everyone as ours is, a man running for the Presidency cannot be judged by his measure as a man, but is being judged by some, by too many, only by his race.