This article sums up the so-called “white elephant in the room” and no pun is intended by this reference by the way, though it is in retrospect kind of an ironic fit.
Is it because he’s black?
The question of whether race fuels opposition to President Barack Obama has become one of the most divisive topics of the election. It is sowing anger and frustration among conservatives who are labeled racist simply for opposing Obama’s policies and liberals who see no other explanation for such deep dislike of the president.
It is an accusation almost impossible to prove, yet it remains inseparable from the African-American experience. The idea, which seemed to die in 2008 when Obama became the first black president, is now rearing its head from college campuses to cable TV as the Democratic incumbent faces Mitt Romney, the white Republican challenger.
Four years after an election that inspired hopes of a post-racial future, there are signs that political passions are dragging us backward.
“We’re at a tipping point,” said Susan Glisson, director of the Institute for Racial Reconciliation at the University of Mississippi. “But I don’t know which way we’re going to tip.”
I really don’t think all people who are against President Obama are against him because he is part Black. Many of those people dislike all Democrats and liberals and I think really believe he is simply too far left. But you do have to wonder about the level of hatred and all the references to him not being fully American, not born here, possibly Muslim, etc., etc. The guy in Austin, Texas who lynched an empty chair in his front yard, an obvious reference to Eastwood using an empty chair to symbolize Obama, is the latest example.
Food for thought. It is just hard to believe that his skin color is not a factor for many of these “we want our country back” people.
Here is the full article. Well worth the read.