What if Cindy McCain was Black?
Let’s imagine that Cindy McCain, the second wife of the 2008 Republican Presidential Nominee Senator John McCain was Black.
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If Cindy McCain was Black I wonder how differently people would treat her.
Would the issues or patriotism be raised?
If she had a teenage daughter who was pregnant would the religious right still embrace her with open arms?
Would her addition to prescription pain killers she was stealing from a non-profit become an issue?
Would the way her and John met become an issue?
Would she be perceived as being angry for any remark she makes?
Would the Democrats taunt her for marrying a Community Organizer?
Would the Democrats openly laugh or mock at her and her husbands’ life story?
Would the media bring up the issues of her race in each interview?
Would there have been a reaction if a “Black” Cindy McCain justified a VP’s foreign policy experience by using the “Alaska is close to Russia” argument? (Thanks Mona)
I’m sure it wouldn’t come up or become an issue at all? I’m sure the religious right, the RNC and all of John McCain’s supporters would not care if Cindy McCain was Black. They’re a Party of Mavericks. I’m sure a factious Black Cindy McCain would have the same support the real Cindy McCain gets now. Let’s not forget that we live in a “color blind” society and race or gender isn’t an issue anymore.
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Now if you’re naive to believe that I have some magic beans I’d like to sell you for 3 easy payments of $19.95. You heard it right, only $19.95, but wait there’s more.
These are only hypothetical questions. You can substitute Black for Latina, Asian, Pacific Islander, Islamic, Buddhist, Hindu or even Atheist. The point is to examine how we still knowingly or unknowingly judge people by the color of their skin and not the content of their character or walked in their shoes.
I’m glad she is who she is and John is who he is. I have never mocked his service and being a POW although he is using it as a “Get out of Jail Free” card when he’s criticized on anything. I have never mocked her inherited wealth.
Perhaps it’s because I’ve had the opportunity to socialize myself among people who don’t look like me, was not raised as I was raised, have more or less education as me, are wealthier or poorer than me, has had better or fewer opportunities than me and do not believe as I believe. I may not be able to walk in their shoes, but I can take the time to walk with them. This helps you relate and understand those not like you and you will soon realize how similar you really are. The unknown community organizer may be the only one the wealthy CEO can turn to when money fails him.
What if Sarah Palin was Black? Hmm.