dirteehippee wrote:I am an extreme liberal who lives in an area consisting mainly of conservatives. Needless to say, I find myself in some very interesting, if not heated debates. One such debate came not too long ago. The argument from the conservative side of it was that Obama was elected due to reverse racism. For those unfamiliar with the term, it means that one race feels guilty about a past wrong they have done to another race, and in turn is overly accepting or nice. In this case, Obama is black and so it is assumed he is a descendent of slaves. Therefore, the guilty white people voted him in as a way to "show that they are no longer racist, and are moving forward". The discussion went on to touch subjects such as affirmative action and welfare programs. I have to say I was infuriated by the very idea. It's difficult for me to believe that people showed up to the polls in such numbers to assert that they were not racist anymore. It was the idea of change, very badly needed change, I might add, that got Obama elected. It was hope of something very different than the previous eight years. As far as affirmative action is concerned, I feel it is a very necessary program for disadvantaged people who otherwise wouldn't have an opportunity to advance, even when they are well qualified. What do you think? Do you think it is possible that an entire nation would elect a leader out of guilt? Do you feel that the majority is disadvantaged by programs for minorities such as affirmative action?
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