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People of Color in Politics

Updated on August 12, 2020

Qualifications and not race should determine who is elected. However, America, at least in some portion, race plays an excessive roll where one group clings to one candidate just because of the color of their skin. It varies quite a bit from one area of the USA to another and it is understandable to vote for someone who looks like you.

America is not the only country with this problem. Many European countries have similar racial issues in their politics (and sometimes, religion). But there is bias in the media in how they report a candidate of mixed races. This bias tends to be excessive in presentation that ignores reality to some degree.

Two such examples are recent in American national elections. When Barack Obama was elected as the president of the USA, the media largely and nearly universally reported he was the first black president. That was only half true because Barack is also half white, even though the percentage genetically seemed to have more black than white. He was a great president and brandished the black cause but he knew no victory would have occurred without white voters. The media would only occasionally give credit to his white mother even though she raised him with his white grandparents. The father was absentee. I guess for the media, it would be more difficult to say he was the first "mixed" president, or, the first black and white president.

Now, in 2020, we have the same thing happening with Kamala Harris as the VP selection. Biden has picked a great choice in this woman but already, the black community and media are saying the "first black woman". Really? Again, Kamala is mixed with a black father and Indian mother. Unlike Barack, Kamala, at first glance resembles more of her Indian mother's complexion. In fact, many might think she is of Latino heritage. Perhaps, genetically, she does have more Asian traits than black, which creates an image problem for the media. Again, the media is finding it difficult to report on her heritage to some degree, some call her the first "black woman", which is half true, while others play it safe by calling her a "person of color".

Claiming that she belongs to one race or another is part politics and part racist. By claiming she is the first "black woman" is simply not true, just like with Obama, who is half white, special interest groups try to take advantage of a person's skin color as being one of their own.

It's just not right. Americans are all colors.


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