Saturday, October 11, 2008

Anti-Obama (anti-Arab) anger erupts at McCain events

Sen. John McCain greets supporters at a rally in La Crosse, Wis., on Friday.

A sense of grievance spilling into rage has gripped some GOP events as McCain supporters see his presidential campaign lag against Barack Obama. They're making it personal, against the Democrat. Shouts of "traitor," "terrorist," "treason," "liar," and even "off with his head" have rung from the crowd at McCain and Sarah Palin rallies, and gone unchallenged by them.

Something to note. The clip shown on TV is a woman voicing her distrust of Obama because she mistakenly believes he is "an Arab." McCain responds "no, no, he is a good man." Notice that McCain does not make the wider argument that being Arab does not automatically make one bad - he simply comments that Obama is not Arab, therefore Obama is not bad. For those who think America has made great progress when it comes to race relations, think again. The above exchange would indicate otherwise - at least when it comes to Arabs.

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