SC Black News: Partisanship vs. Xenophobia vs. Humility
The race card is a hard sale in that it prefers not to be utilized unless the obvious is unquestionable. Perhaps the answer to the question of the President’s ethnic background being unacceptable can be found in his opposition’s strategy, a strategy that included, not since the deadly battle for voting rights, unprecedented voter suppression within specific segments of the population.
Racism, basically defined as: the belief that people of different races have different abilities, and qualities, and that some races are inherently superior or inferior, takes on a more intense level with the introduction of fear and hatred. It then becomes xenophobia.
Xenophobia further explains how the President’s opposition effortlessly persuaded its voter base to believe that their interest and concerns could not be met or understood by someone whose ethnic makeup is not their own. Additionally, because xenophobia is more of a misinformed response towards another race, staunch republican supporters had little choice but to ride the horse they came in on.
If partisanship breeds divisiveness, then perhaps humility will serve to bring a crisp awareness to partisans who are submissive to the status quo. Humility is introduced in a number of ways. It can be accepted as a non option, it can be completely ignored, or it can be a matter of choice with the decision simplified by one’s humanity.
An interesting look at the intersection of racism and xenophobia in the context of the republican opposition to President Obama. They have not only employed racism to motivate their base but also xenophobia with their references to his alleged "Kenyan Muslim" ethnic makeup to portray him as different from their white base.