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Racism at the pollsPosted Tuesday, February 19, 2008, at 9:30 AM
Old traditions apparently die hard.
Exit polls allege (and note the "allege" -- I'm not entirely sold on exit polling) much of Hillary Rodham Clinton's primary support comes from older white women and lower-paid white workers -- those some claim would be less likely to back a black candidate.
Clinton won much of the South, including Bedford County, by a hefty margin.
Are these indications some white people, especially below the Mason-Dison line, are still too bound by prejudices to look past someone's color and see their character and ability?
I've heard some who claim just that, and a few who seriously believe that Obama is a secret Muslim just waiting to try and remake the United States in cooperation with terrorist groups. Some even dislike his name. And their feelings against him run strong.
We'll only truly become enlightened as a nation when voters base their choices strictly on a candidate's ability and move beyond prejudices.
Obama may or may not be the one who should next lead our country. But race and name shouldn't be the determining factor.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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