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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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kysh15 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 24, 2010 at 11:23 pm
I agree completly!!!
dsp6594 replied...
May 7, 2010 at 6:22 pm
lol I don't think you're racist (and I am black). It's ok to think that someone is stupid or immoral because a lot of people are; however, I'm not agreeing with you that Obama is one of these people. This isn't because I like Obama, but instead because I don't know enough about him to have an opinion (I'm not really into politics).
Jose4Jesus replied...
May 7, 2010 at 6:30 pm
lol thanx. :) I'm pretty into politics (probably more than I should be) and I think I can say that I know enough to despise his politics. Sorry, I shouldn't have attacked him though. I just really hate this beliefs and lack of moral standards which I will obviously link to him.
Soft_spoken said...
Mar. 24, 2010 at 9:46 am
I agree no one thinks that bill is weird is un constitutional im black and people follow Obama like he is a God he is BLACK AND WHITE not just black
the bill even say everyone has to get insurance or there will be penalties
Americans cannot put all there trust in the Government or they will have total control
amaranth178 replied...
Apr. 15, 2010 at 3:20 pm
I agree with the fact that, yes, he is 'black' and 'white', and if  acknowledged in terms of race, he should be considered as such. This is not a bad thing at all--I myself am proud of being mixed (hence my stance, huh?). I also agree with the idea that he, as President, should be judged on his political actions as opposed to his ethnic affiliation, but one must also acknowledge the fact that many African Americans feel a sort of pride because they never anticipated the presence of a 'black... (more »)
StarlightStormcloud replied...
Aug. 27, 2010 at 1:58 pm
amaranth: Clearly the joy and pride at the notion of the first black president are understandable and people who have these feelings shouldn't be held at fault.  The article is acknowledging that they are also symbols of the fact that there is still a long way to go before "colorblindness" is truly realized.     
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Mar. 24, 2010 at 7:15 am
ooh I like the last sentence...
annexgrey This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 24, 2010 at 6:02 am
I really like your perspective on Obama being elected president - you have a good point, one that I often use myself.
The way you presented your arguement was also flawless and the whole artible flowed like a powerful river like that our ancestors generations ago would have relied on.
annexgrey This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jun. 21, 2010 at 6:14 am

We're all fully entitled to our own opinions.

I just wanted to let him know that he poses an interesting argument and explains it very well. 

Whether I, or you, or anyone else actually agree with his idea does not cut back from its merit as an article. However, if you do feel like letting the author know the other side of the argument, you could always post a comment to the author telling him your take, elaborating on it, and backing it up. Or, better yet, write u... (more »)

Anoma21 said...
Mar. 20, 2010 at 6:01 pm
While I'm not sure what your political views are as you never expressed them in the article, i will start by saying that i am a liberal/democrat and would've voted for Obama if I was of age. That being said, i agree with many of your points. It insults my political intelligence to parade Obamas victory as a racial victory when there is so much more importance to it than that. I didn't see nearly as many people expressing their joy about, say, the bans of stem-cell research being l... (more »)
dsp6594 replied...
May 7, 2010 at 6:29 pm
I SO agree with you! Race has NOTHING to do with it. The person elected as president should be the person who is best for the job regardless of his (or her) race, religion, gender, or oany other personal traits. (I don't think traits is a good word to use, but you know what I mean!) (:
anonymous25 said...
Mar. 8, 2010 at 11:02 am
You article was a bit insulting. I'm going to need for you to look at Obamas election as president in different eyes. Yes African-Americans went too far with his election. But you have to see it in an African-American's eyes, we went from slavery, getting whipped and controlled to having an African-American in the white house. That is an accomplishment, not a victory. Your article was good but you need to look at it in different eyes. Obama is trying to fix Bush's mess. I believe ... (more »)
Shinystarly replied...
Apr. 6, 2010 at 1:53 pm

I'm left to wonder what you mean by "we" at the beginning of your comment. Surely, you don't mean that you, yourself, were whipped and are over 300 years old. If so, please go ahead with your comment, but if that is not the case, claiming that "we" were whipped and beaten, is taking credit for a hardship you had nothing to do with.

I believe the article is very open-minded, and it is you who has shut yourself off. You have assumed that just because the writer brings up the fact that Ob... (more »)

Gradschoolgrl said...
Mar. 7, 2010 at 12:43 pm
You raise some really insightful points, but then you confuse me with some generalizations that overstate the extent to which we live in a "land of equal opportunity." Just want you to consider this point you put out there: "In my experience, modern society is not discriminatory in its presentation of opportunity." Are you white? Might this be different for a person of color who has experienced racism and social discrimination? I encourage you to look at the racial demographi... (more »)
MountainGirl said...
Mar. 5, 2010 at 12:00 pm
Your article is really well written. What do you think about the supreme court nomination of Sotomayor? Do you think it makes a difference that we have a supreme court justice who is Latina instead of another white male?
spontaneous09 said...
Mar. 2, 2010 at 9:26 pm
I see how you think on some things. Yeah, you should not assume that just because Obama was elected that there will be no racial inequality or that things wll be completely different.
But, an African-American being elected to the White House is a wonderful achievement for all minorities. To hear people say that you can achieve anything but never see anyone who's done it who looks like you can be discouraging to many. So, his election the White House signifies many things.
Aileen_P said...
Mar. 2, 2010 at 9:10 pm
OMG! u r sooo rite. btw i remeber people freakin' out about him runnin' 4 president. they thought he was gonna force America to be Muslim and all this other crap that wasn't true. it was SOOOOOO annoying. i heard it at school all the time. u could always tell when someone was goin' to say something like that because their sentence would start with "i'm not racist but......"
XenonG said...
Mar. 2, 2010 at 1:41 pm
exactly how i feel-good work :)
xAllegria said...
Mar. 2, 2010 at 2:54 am
I see what your getting at and I kind of agree. The thing is the definition of 'discrimination' does not go as far for all people. Second, I also agree with rightbehindyou61: differences can be a good thing too. And third: I don't think Obama being black is the only reason for all the celebration of his election. He is an intelligent president and seeing it's his job to clean up Bush's mess, which has caused quite an impact, his actions will be followed closely.
edwardcullen4always said...
Feb. 27, 2010 at 11:18 am
Omaba is not black he is mixed....but good article
shakesbeer replied...
Jun. 28, 2010 at 4:40 pm
you are aware you made a fool of yourself hes not black he mixed you sound like you belong in an Asylum he has a race and last time i checked he was  the 1st BLACK preident
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