What this is really about is race. That’s all there is to it.
— Robot Heart’s mom (via Dan) regarding some of the extreme hatred and irrational fear of Obama.
I completely agree. I hate to be politically incorrect (Wait, who am I kidding? No I don’t.), but look at the traditionally more racist regions and demographics. There’s a lot of overlap with the Obama-is-Hitler-and-will-kill-our-children crazies.
This is different from honest political disagreement. Bush was one of the least-liked presidents we’ve ever had, especially by the end of his term, but nobody was bringing assault rifles to his appearances or refusing to air his speeches live because they might turn their children against them with subversive messages.
Racism is alive and well in America. This isn’t news to anyone who’s not white.
(Update to add two clarifications: First, I did not state that anyone who dislikes Obama is a racist. Read more carefully before flaming. Secondly, I did not mean to imply that racism in America is constrained only to certain areas. It’s everywhere, but it’s more prevalent in some regions and among some demographics. I don’t think anyone would argue that.)