Guest column: Racism is at root of some opposition to Obama

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By Garland Edmonson

Naples

That old bugaboo just will not go away.

This election is not about jobs, the economy, foreign policy or energy. What this election is about is what it was about four years ago — race.

The white man — not all, just those who continue to believe in the superiority of the white race (in truth, many free-thinking and intelligent white folks supported Barack Obama) — are still seething and gnashing at the bit because an African-American, a Negro, a colored person, is the president of the United States and leader of the free world.

Four years of obstructionism, four years of fillibustering, four years of attempts to derail the elected president's vision for America, has only demonstrated to the nation and the world that Obama is a man of true grit, a man of conviction and personal strength that enables him to withstand the constant assaults levied upon him.

These assaults have their roots in racial animosity and bigotry.

Only Obama could stand tall knowing full well that the foundation upon which he stands is grounded in the efforts and sacrifice of individuals like Jackie Robinson, Harriet Tuban, Benjamin Bannaker, Marin Luther King Jr., Muhammad Ali, Sojourner Truth, Booker T. Washington, Malcolm X and many other black luminaries, as well as ordinary yet extraordinary people like Naples' own Mother Perry.

These were black folks who paved the way. Folks who suffered the indignity of being black in white America; a land of freedom.

As far as we've come as a nation, however, as a people. the struggle continues. Yes, the "N" word is missing from the white's lexicon but not gone. It is just masked and it allows those who continue to believe and support "backward think" to perpetually parade about in a Halloween mask long out of season.

Forty-three presidents have come before him. All white. Most and many less deserving have served multiple terms. Certainly, Obama deserves the same opportunity. He is capable and able. His color should not be held hostage to a sign in the political window that says, "Blacks not welcome."

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