Half-white is black in this country--at least in the minds of most voters.
The race factor is big in this election because for the first time, white people have a chance to face their own racism, privately, in the voting booth.
Pollsters remind us all the time about how people lie about their own true feelings about race. That's why they ask voters if race is a factor to people they know instead of asking them straight out.
Person to person, I think there is no comparison between McCain and Obama in terms of intelligence, leadership, clarity of vision, education and personal intent. But race is what matters in the end here.
"It amazes me how a society can paint itself into a corner by the laws it enacts." --John B. Wells.
"I just gotta take a last parting shot at this:
you're citing two examples of historic milestones that WERE all about race."
Dr. King was more about race than religion, but more about politics and social norms than either. And if you think Jackie Robinson was all about race, you know next to thing about baseball.
And, in point of simple gratitude, thanks to Gyp and Scott for stirring this debate.
Instead of this faux debate of whether white people will vote for Obama why isn't anyone looking at what happens when black people don't vote for Obama?
So if black people don't vote for Obama is that racist?