ABC News is reporting that racism and potential security issues are emerging as factors in the race to the White House for the Obama campaign. When I heard Hillary Clinton’s comments on Bobby Kennedy’s murder and the 1968 election the first thing I thought about was the same thing happening to Barack. Oh Lord, for her sake I hope it doesn’t happen (and of course for his too. LOL). People will be saying she called for the hit…she had something to do with it…just because of that comment. She actually said it more than once. Hillary was quoted in Time Magazine saying the same thing (saw it on CNN when they interviewed her campaign manager).
In recent weeks, the role of race in the Democratic primaries has been increasingly discussed. And while racist caricatures and jokes about threats against Obama’s life have been widely condemned, they seem to reflect an undeniable element of racism that still exists in the country and could play an unknown role in a general election.
“There is no question that the possibility of violence directed at presidential candidates, especially Obama, is the elephant in the middle of the room,” says Peter Fenn, adjunct professor of political management at George Washington University, to describe the media’s careful coverage of the issue. “There is a hypersensitivity about this issue. And in one sense, there should be because you don’t want to put the idea out there. But you also get overanalysis, like with Hillary’s comments about RFK [Robert F. Kennedy].”
Fifty-nine percent of Americans (and 83 percent of African-Americans) said they were concerned “that someone might attempt to physically harm Barack Obama if he’s the Democratic nominee for president,” according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll from March 2. Twenty-four percent of those polled said they were “very concerned” about that possibility.