Fodder for the Presidential Debate (or Racism in America)
Typically I would not weigh in on anything political, as I find myself to be a bit of a neophyte when it comes to big government. I have had a rudimentary education such as Political Science in college and I keep up with basic news on the major issues. However, as far as party affiliation, watching the debates, or even interest in the presidential campaigns, my knowledge and interest is limited to the (what I view as) slanderous ads I see on television and the follow up coverage on the news or Saturday Night Live of the debates.
While some may see this viewpoint as that of just another ignorant American, I believe it is probably more typical than most would care to admit, but I am not here to start a debate on political disinterest in this country… because as I have already properly demonstrated, I would be disinterested and unarmed.
There is one thing that I would like to discuss, though, that has been weighing very heavily on my mind since it was first opined by President Barack Obama, and it may spark more of a racism discussion than a political discussion. When he said, “You know, if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” I am not certain I could have been more thrown off base as an American citizen. Had I been a reporter, I feel like I would have been asking the question “Is there something we should know? Is the President saying he should be taking a DNA test? Could he be this man’s father?”
Why would the President of the USA need to weigh in on the shooting of one man versus another man in a Florida neighborhood? He was not weighing in on every other crime in the United States at that time. I had never heard of any other President claiming that every child or man-child murdered during their Presidency could be their son. Is it that Barack Obama has some kind of super sperm or super DNA that every murdered child in his term could be his child? Or at least could look like him?
He goes on to say, “All of us have to do some soul-searching to figure out how does something like this happen. And that means that we examine the laws and the context for what happened as well as the specifics of the incident.” (cbsnews.com) I am surprised that he was elected President and he is unable to determine how homicides occur.
On January 7, 2007, Channon Gail Christian, 21, and Hugh Christopher Newsom, Jr., 23, were murdered and kidnapped in a very vicious attack. Their case did not receive national attention, and then President George W Bush never said, “If I had a son, he would look like Hugh Newsom.” Could that be the reason why this black on white attack did not reach the national status it should have, or could it have been that President Bush was more interested in running the country as he should have? Or, is it that President Obama is more interested in promoting racism than preventing it?
I could go on and on about how many other cases I found about murders of blacks on whites, whites on black, black on black, and white on white… murder happens. But I won’t, because there is no point in that. If you are interested, anybody can do the same and find just as many cases to skew their argument to the side in which they are most interested.
My point being, I felt it was wrong for the President to elevate one case to a national level when his job is to run the United States. Unless these people were involved in international espionage, there was no cause for him to comment publicly. I feel it did more to promote racism than it did to encourage solidarity.
So, I leave you with this, do you feel it was right for the President to weigh in on this matter?
Sources / Supporting Links / Works Cited: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57403200-503544/obama-if-i-had-a-son-hed-look-like-trayvon/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murders_of_Channon_Christian_and_Christopher_Newsom