October 15th, 2008 By Jason Gargano | News | Posted In: 2008 Election

Race in the Race for the White House

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The New York Times published a series of stories today dealing with the issue of race in the presidential election.

In one of the pieces, entitled “In Generation Seen as Colorblind, Black Is Yet a Factor,” a Times reporter interviewed students at the University of Kentucky and the University of Cincinnati, several of whom said they have heard other students voice reservations — or worse — about Sen. Barack Obama based solely on the color of his skin.

Anthony Galarza, a 29-year-old UC grad student, said he has heard off-color jokes about a possible Obama presidency, including that the White House would become more “ghetto” with “barbeques on the front lawn.”

“I would think on a college campus we would be a little bit more liberal,” Galarza told the reporter. “To hear it so openly talked about, it’s disturbing — it really is. I don’t think anyone who is colorblind would make a comment like that.”

So the question remains: How much of an impact will race have on the election?

10.16.2008 at 06:13 Reply
What, you want a quantity? "X" number of votes given to McCain, or something? Let me tell you the obvious: humans are animals, and animals are afraid of other animals that look different from them. In the case of Homo Sapiens, we have a brain that can be socialized, learns symbol-mapping etc., and is able to overcome primitive impulses. But there are members of society (quite a lot of them in *this* area!) who haven't been sufficiently socialized or educated. They grunt and drool and scrape the ground in fear and hatred when they see someone with different color skin. I think you know this. Do you expect these people to vote for someone who makes them gibber and wave their hair-covered arms in alarm? YES. RACE WILL BE A FACTOR.