Is Eligibility Question 'Racist'?
Criticize Barack Obama in Any Way and You Might be Labeled a Racist by Someone.
Question his constitutional eligibility and it is a certainty.
In fact, though some 58 percent of Americans do question his eligibility, according to the latest CNN poll, the self-described "African-American magazine" Africana Online recently published a piece making the extraordinary claim that anyone doing so is guilty of "backdoor racism."
Here's the cogent explanation: "Asking for Obama's birth certificate is a form of racism. Did anyone demand McCain's? He was born in Panama. Why was Obama's birth certificate so important? Because he was black, perhaps? No Tea Partier would admit that to be true, but I can't think of any other reason why the birther theory grew."
Maybe I can enlighten the author and the publisher.
As a matter of fact, the Senate of the United States, which included Barack Obama at the time, did, indeed, insist on viewing John McCain's long-form birth certificate to establish his presidential eligibility in 2008, despite the fact that he had previously run for president. The Senate unanimously, and that includes Barack Obama, voted to certify McCain's constitutional eligibility.
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So the question is not why Obama's birth certificate is so important. The question should be why wasn't Obama's birth certificate important, when McCain's was.
Perhaps we can provide some alternate theories to the racist canard.
Why is it that John McCain was asked to prove his eligibility and Obama wasn't? Wouldn't that suggest a kind of reverse racism in the myopic eyes of Africana Online? Is it plausible that American citizens – both black and white – wonder why Obama maintains such an aversion to producing the most innocent document we are all asked to produce frequently through our lifetimes? Why the hesitancy? Why is Obama willing to spend millions of dollars fighting lawsuits to see the proof of his Hawaiian birth? Why is he willing to let decorated servicemen face jail sentences rather than release the document publicly and end all the questions?