“”I understand how difficult it can be for an African-American in today’s society. In fact, I can relate to black people very well indeed. My ancestors once owned slaves, and it is in my lineage to work closely with the black community. However, just because they were freed over a century ago doesn’t mean they can now be freeloaders. They need to be told to work hard, and the incentives just aren’t there for them anymore. When I’m president I plan to work closely with the black community to bring a sense of pride and work ethic back into view for them.” – Mitt Romney
These are the words of a man who “thinks” he is qualified to be the leader of the best country on earth. These words, while sugar coated, indicate that a lineage of ownership over a race means you identify with its problems. They say in fact that the struggles of a race that experiences oppression in its daily life should just be thrust aside and that the man who embraces his family’s history of ownership should be the one to lead them towards prosperity.
As a citizen of this country, I am offended. Not so much by his words, but by the ignorance they represent. I am offended by the brashness he uses towards those he deems as “freeloaders,” and I feel that this shows that he is not qualified to run a parking lot let alone a nation.
Privilege is not a good lens to view through when attempting to understand poverty. Ownership does not make you qualified to feel for the common man. In fact, it makes the common man feel that you are a dictator waiting to happen.
If you choose to exercise your freedom of choice for this man, be aware that he is a fool. He has no grasp of the big picture, and only sees the details that he feels will effect a small financial margin of society. This man does not deserve a vote if he truly feels this way.
In fact, I could go so far as to say that I would rather vote for a person who is not of this nation, than for someone who feels that the history of a nation’s people is to be disregarded.
Make up your own mind. Vote for whom you choose. But please use your brain before you waste your vote.
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