Still Not Colorblind This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

January 31, 2009
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I often heard about the presidential election on the news. You probably did too, if you expose yourself at all to the sickly sun of the American media. Journalists, reporters, and every other member of the information army practically wet themselves with exultation at the election of the United States’ first African-American president. And so have American citizens. There are still “Obama ’08” signs in yards, on cars, bridges, babies, and anything else that can be decorated with that godly O – his supporters still have that smug smirk glued like a bumper sticker across their faces.

Reading this, you might come to the conclusion that I am a rabid racist and torch-waving conservative, but hear me out! I am not a racist – in fact, I am almost certainly more colorblind than you, Obamanite. Barack Obama is now America’s first black president. You may say “Hooray!” but I say “So what?” You might tout his victory as a sign that racism is dead, and equal opportunity is, if not here, then well on its way. I disagree.

Racism is discrimination. Discrimination is not simply the act of deriding or oppressing a particular race. I believe it is any emphasis of racial differences. If a caucasian sees himself as “white” and identifies with others of his skin tone to form a coalition promoting his race, this is racist. By this logic, pro-black coalitions are racist too. And those who vaunt Obama’s presidency as a victory for African-American people are included.

In my experience, modern society is not discriminatory in its presentation of opportunity. There are black CEOs; there are white hobos; there are ­members of every race in every position. It’s the beauty of America! And yet still some insist on highlighting Obama’s victory as something strange and wonderful. Not only is it an insult to the American spirit to be fascinated by a black president, it’s an insult to those who have fought for this spirit.

The proper response to Obama’s election should have been: “We have a new president. Will he do a good job?” It is foolish to think that just because Obama is black, he will do a good job. Those who share my opinion see Obama not as racial crusader in shining armor, but as a politician whose ­actions must be analyzed logically. In short, the fact that America still ­perceives races as “different” is shameful. In a land of equal opportunity, the best will win – and the best has been chosen.

Celebrating Obama’s victory in a racial context is simply celebrating past racial divides. The election was not a victory for African-Americans, but a victory for all Americans.

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bookthief This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 11, 2011 at 5:47 pm
I find myself in the rare position of being an Obama supporter who really enjoys this article. It's true that in a truly nonracist society skin color wouldn't matter at all, but I think that one thing we can all agree on is that we're not there yet.  I think that racism/sexism/homophobia/antisemetism are still prevalent issues, both in terms of oppression of the minority and overglorifying the minority's fight (example: women are still disciminated against in the wor... (more »)
Kidlet This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 8, 2011 at 9:09 am
Bravo! I love this!
kaddancer said...
Sept. 24, 2011 at 5:30 pm
These are my thoughts, exactly! I'm glad someone else gets it...
AsIAm This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 3, 2011 at 11:03 pm
I love this dude.  When will people get it????
PorcelainValentine said...
Aug. 12, 2011 at 10:49 am

i heard when Obama got elected parents were pointing out the color of his skin

turns out they were wrong to do that and making the notice his race instead of just thinking of him as a president

Me_Music_Love said...
Jul. 21, 2011 at 1:51 pm
Well put. I applaud your ability  to create good literary opinion pieces.
ael429 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 21, 2011 at 11:10 am
*gender discrimination
ael429 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 21, 2011 at 11:09 am
This is well-written, and I agree with you in saying that we should be focusing on how obama is as a presdent instead of how he is as a black president. However, I think there is still discrimination in this country, and the fact that the majority of americans could overcome this is a reason for celebration. When we can overcome gender disctimation, it will be a reason to celebrate as well. Obama is not the first african american politician capable of being a great president, he is just the firs... (more »)
Kayley S. said...
Jul. 10, 2011 at 6:39 am
don't you think it's racist still:but the other way around. if you say anything bad about anyone black-oh, excuse me, African American, you get pounded in the face!
WishfulDoer said...
Jun. 29, 2011 at 6:15 pm
I agree with this article. The people were so focused on one change, they completely disregarded the more important change.
MidnightSol said...
Jun. 29, 2011 at 5:17 pm
I think that you are right and wrong.  It is a breakthrough that we have a black president.  However, I do think that we should concentrate on how good a job the President will do and not on his skin color.  Just remember, the job is hard.
freeflow23 said...
Jun. 29, 2011 at 4:20 pm
You're a good writer. But you're pretty close-minded and uneducated because if you weren't, then you'd know what he** African-Americans were put through and you'd wouldn't feel the way you do. Even if you don't like Obama, you should still honor the history he has made. That's how I see it.
bookthief This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Nov. 11, 2011 at 5:42 pm
I don't think the writer is close-minded or ignorant of the truly horrible history of the oppression of African-Americans, just trying to look at it from a different perspective, and I don't know that he dislikes Obama at all. I do agree with him in that it shows that we still place emphasis on race when we celebrate the fact that a member of a minority race has been elected President, but I also agree with you that it is exciting. My take on it is that I'm happy that people are recognizingmore »)
freeflow23 replied...
Nov. 11, 2011 at 10:14 pm
I see your point.
writingmagic26 said...
Jun. 29, 2011 at 8:36 am
This is exactly what I was thinking during the election!  You have a really good way of analyzing the situatiopn, then clearly stating your opinion about it.  You're a great writer!  You provide good arguments, and know how to convince your audience. ^-^  Great job.   You should be a lawer.
justyouraverageperson This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 7, 2011 at 8:48 pm
It's really good, I'm sure many people never even thought of this.
K.M.S.Shear said...
Jun. 7, 2011 at 7:59 pm
This neverthought nver crossed my mind but i totally agree with you.
ilovedayna said...
May 13, 2011 at 9:19 pm
I totally agree with this article. it's very well-written in a way that ppl shouldn't get offended by, and if they are offended they probably didn't read the whole thing. :) great job
ilovedayna replied...
May 13, 2011 at 9:21 pm
i actually don't quite agree with the last sentence but...... that doesn't really matter. as long as it's written well...
thesilentgirljackie replied...
Jun. 29, 2011 at 8:58 am
I agree!! I was thinking the same thing.
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