There's one region of the country where Barack Obama was thoroughly rejected by white voters last Tuesday. In Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Appalachian sections of Kentucky and Tennessee, clear voting patterns have emerged demonstrating that racism is still very much alive in the South.
Less than a third of Southern whites voted for Mr. Obama, compared with 43 percent of whites nationally.
....in Alabama, where Mr. McCain won 60.4 percent of the vote in his best Southern showing, he had the support of nearly 9 in 10 whites, according to exit polls, a figure comparable to other Southern states. Alabama analysts pointed to the persistence of traditional white Southern attitudes on race as the deciding factor in Mr. McCain’s strong margin.
"traditional white Southern attitudes on race"
David Bositis, senior political analyst at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, pointed out that the 18 percent share of whites that voted for Senator John Kerry in 2004 was almost cut in half for Mr. Obama.
“There’s no other explanation than race,” he said.
All throughout the nation, even states that went for McCain, on average, voted for him by fewer percentage points than they did for W. in 2004. But in these deep South and Appalachian regions it was just the opposite. The hatred and bigotry of whites in the South is still prominent.
Many conservatives tell us that racism is over in America and that any remedies prescribed by government to right the wrong of racism are misguided or no longer necessary. These same conservatives like to talk about how color-blind our nation has become.
This election proved that those conservatives are mistaken.
In Arkansas, which had among the nation’s largest concentration of counties increasing their support for the Republican candidate over the 2004 vote, “there’s a clear indication that racial conservatism was a component of that shift away from the Democrat,” said Jay Barth, a political scientist in the state.
In Vernon, Arkansas, the racist whites equate racism with Christianity.
Don Dollar, the administrative assistant at City Hall, said bitterly that anyone not upset with Mr. Obama’s victory should seek religious forgiveness.
“This is a community that’s supposed to be filled with a bunch of Christian folks,” he said. “If they’re not disappointed, they need to be at the altar.” Link
Granted, this is only one person's viewpoint. Can you imagine though....if you weren't sufficiently embittered by Barack Obama's election....it's because you have sinned, at least in your mind, and need to be forgiven for not being racist enough.
Progress was definitely made last Tuesday....AND....we still have a long way to go.
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