Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Why Obama's race is not an issue with America today
Barack Obama's historic campaign reaffirms the thought that many of us have become color blind when it comes to evaluating a person's capabilities. I grew up in the 60s in Decatur, Ill., one of those quiet little redneck communities. I remember the Chicago riots and I have never forgotten the impact of Martin Luther King's death in 1968.
And, then I joined the Air Force in 1977. From the first day in basic, with a Hispanic noncommissioned officer who berated me in English and Spanish, I knew that the world wasn't all lily white. In time, I became color blind to those around me. The only thing that mattered was the rank of those above me.
My children have grown up in a world that doesn't tolerate racism. I remember discussing the Will Smith movie, Ali with my oldest step daughter. She didn't get the message of the movie, because she grew up in a world where people don't evaluate people because of their color, religion, heritage or gender.
While the media will make a big deal out of Obama's race if he wins today, for most of our youth, it's not a big deal. For those of who remember the bad old days of Birmingham, Alabama, or Mississippi, it's refreshing to know that our children have become totally color blind.