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Mitra here from Mint. Anil brought up the question of race a few days ago, along with a few other folks here. CNN just reported that for those who said race IS an important factor in the election, 55% voted for Obama to 44% for McCain. That means people actually voted FOR Obama because he was black. It reminds me of the question Jon Stewart of the Daily Show posed to Obama the other night. I paraphrase but it was something like, "Senator Obama, you are the product of a white mother, after all. Do YOU worry you will enter the voting booth and not be able to vote for yourself?"
And now...
"Some Bradley effect, huh?" a commentator just said. "The country's grown up."
So along the lines of what the turnout might mean for political participation in the future, how would a black president change perception of race relations in the US? And overseas, those of you who are writing in from London, India, etc. I have two questions: Would your perception of the US change? AND, perhaps more importantly, could a member of a "minority" group ever become the head of state in your country? 

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pewter_wings wrote:
Nov. 5th, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)
If Obama wins the election, it will not change racial views in this country. Those who look down on people of a different color rarely change.

If Obama wins, it will however prove that racial views had already changed and for the better.
alacsony wrote:
Nov. 5th, 2008 02:25 am (UTC)
>Would your perception of the US change?

Nope

>could a member of a "minority" group ever become the head of state in your country?

Of an ethnic minority? I hope never. Any other "minority" - probably yes.
allhatnocattle wrote:
Nov. 5th, 2008 02:50 am (UTC)
Here in Canada there are only two solitudes; Francophone or Anglophone. Skin colour or previous nationality rarely enter into political discussion. There have been a number of East Indian, Sheik, and Chinese MP's elected and I don't feel their ethnicity would be a barrier to lead the entire nation. But we are very aware of their French or English heritage. Aware doesn't suggest that either is a barrier.
luthien_mpl wrote:
Nov. 5th, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC)
I ask myself how a country that just last night stripped a whole part of their people from the basic right to marry in three different states can actually have the nerve to call themselves grown up.
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