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From RFI: the hidden face of racism and the White House
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If you believe the polls, Barack Obama is going to be the next U.S. president; however, certain experts are recommending caution before making this assumption. The University of Stanford has recently published a study on how Barack Obama could easily lose his advantage come election day, simply because of the colour of his skin.

Socially Unacceptable

In certain circumstances, there is a gap between the polls and what actually happens in the voting booth. Even though it's true that there are those who will never, ever vote for a black candidate, these individuals will generally never admit it publicly. "Racists most frequently deny their voting bias against race, because it's socially unacceptable," explains Gary Weaver, a professor involved with the study at Stanford University. However once in the privacy of the voting booth, these people will probably vote against Barack Obama; they are not ready to elect a black president. In the United States, this phenomenon is called the "Bradley Effect."

The racial factor is without a doubt one of the most troubling variables about the American election; and it's exactly to flush out implicit racist reflexes, those that are buried and escape confession, that the authors of the above-mentioned study had to survey their white counterparts in a subversive fashion. Their numbers show at any rate that racist tendencies haven't disappeared in the United States. 40% of the whites surveyed apply at least one negative quality to all blacks, from 'grouchy' to 'lazy'. These percentages diminish significantly among non-Republicans. However, even in Democrats surveyed the findings are still substantial; almost 20% of Democrats find blacks 'preachy', for example. Among independent voters, 24% judge blacks to be 'violent'.

Sarah Palin plays the "Bradley line"

Since last weekend, Sarah Palin is playing a dangerous game with this old deep-seated racism within the white population. "This is not a man who sees America as you see it and how I see America," she claimed during a rally in Colorado. "We see America as the greatest force for good in this world. (...) Our opponent though, is someone who sees America it seems as being so imperfect that he’s palling around with terrorists who would target their own country?" Palin is referring to a New York Times article about Bill Ayers, an old anti-Vietnam-war activist. In presenting the Democratic candidate as a sympathizer of radical leftism, Sarah Palin attempts to raise the old fears with regards to the black senator.

The Obama Effect vs. the Bradley Effect

Nevertheless, Obama's supporters are confident. His campaign most notably is hopeful that they can rally non-voters. More than 90% of blacks should vote for the Illinois senator, as well as a majority of hispanics and a very large number of young people. In this last category, Obama has a lead of 27 points on his rival John McCain. Can the "Obama effect" counterbalance the "Bradley effect"?

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If the Bradley effect does come into play, it'll just be proof that Dr Kings' dream is truly dead. The only thing worse than an overt racist is a closet racist. At least an overt racist has enough strength in his beliefs to state them, however misguided they are. The closet racists are just cowards hiding behind a cloak of civilized thought not of their own. While you can combat overt racists head on, closet racism will just continue to fester generation after generation.

"Our opponent though, is someone who sees America it seems as being so imperfect that he’s palling around with terrorists who would target their own country?"
Pot, meet Mr Kettle. Strong words for someone with ties to the Alaskan Independence Party, and was at their convention in 1994, 2006, and sent in a tape this year.

Now that is a scary and troubling thought.

Voting against someone based on race is offensive.

Don't vote or don't vote based on race.

Breast size is the way to go. Even if it's a man.

Harper has SOME man boobs, right?

Seriously, I'm not surprised in this at all. I would say I hope that people are smarter than that, but let's face it, the overall idiocy of "people" won't change. 80% of the people will go ahead and be the statistic, if not more.

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