Yes, that’s right — not the white, black, red, green or whatever color race. It’s time to get rid of this fallacious, damaging concept. There are no “white” people, even a person with albinism doesn’t have white skin. In fact, the lightest skin color I’ve seen was in Japan where some women have an almost translucent skin. And they would belong to the “yellow” race. The people with the darkest skin I’ve met live in the most southern part of India and in parts of Sri Lanka, and they were not “black” either. To speak of different races in connection with humans would be like stating that there are differences as fundamental as between horses and butterflies, for example. It’s actually more like the difference between a German shepherd and a poodle, or a Persian and a Siamese cat. Or even less so; it takes great effort to keep these animals in their “pure” state. They’re inclined to happily mix and mingle, and they’re artificially bred in the first place.
So — what’s my point, you ask? Well, if Barack Obama gets elected, I’ll be immensely relieved of course (these last two days are almost unbearable). But I’ll be glad (among many other reasons) EXACTLY because he’s NOT “black” — his mother had lighter skin, his father had darker skin, and Barack’s color is somewhere in between. If he became president, it would be a HUGE step to overcome racism not only because he’s not Caucasian but also because he’s not African American. He is first and foremost an individual, and seems best suited to turn Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream into reality:
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’ “
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
I believe that Barack Obama is striving to be judged by the content of his character, and that he’s striving to be ethical, truthful, humble, and compassionate. It would be a new (and long overdue) chapter in American history.