Every so often a thought occurs to me that, well modesty prevents me from calling it “brilliant”, but which I believe could fairly be categorized as “insightful”. Just such an experience occurred the other day – and I’ve been mulling it around so that I could entertain you with it in this post.
I am disturbed that so much of the focus of this election seems to be centered around the skin color of the two candidates for President. There is no doubt that many people who are black will vote for Obama for that reason alone. It is equally true that there are people who are white who will not vote for him because he is a black man. While I consider people in either camp to be racial bigots, their bigotry is not the common ground which is the subject for this post.
I make no qualms about the fact that one of the few gifts that I possess is a keen ability to do math and calculations. It may be one of my few redeeming qualities. And so I started to look at the President and his genetic background from the standpoint of pure mathematics.
Now the nice thing about math, unlike political races, is that it is one of those absolute sciences on which we can rely for truth. In our base ten math system, the correct answer to 2 x 2 will be 4 whether you are an American, a Chinese, a resident of Mali or a charter member of Al Qaeda. I hope we are all in agreement so far. I’m further hoping that even recent graduates of our public school systems have mastered this basic bit of multiplication.
But then we turn to the more difficult and challenging question of percentages. (Please don’t hit the “X” button at the top of the page quite yet because I know even those who struggled with fractions will find this easy).
Moving right along, it is the consensus of belief and without dispute even from Donald Trump that President Obama’s father was a black citizen of Kenya and his mother was a white citizen of the United States. That would make the President 50% black and 50% white. Are you with me so far? After all, this is just really, really basic math.
My question – and I would love to hear from anyone who can explain this to me – is why is it that we consider President Obama to be a “black” man rather than a “white” man since he has equal parts of his genetic material from each of his parents? Are we saying (much to the consternation of women everywhere) that the male’s sperm contributes more than just its fair share to the fertilization process than does the female’s ovum? If we make that argument it’s a good thing that Betty Friedan has passed on as it would undoubtedly require her to write yet another book.
And so we find our basis for the common ground between your run-of-the-mill-black bigot who will vote for the President because he is black and your run-of-the-mill white member of the Aryan Nation who will not vote for him because he is black. We have found a point on which these two groups are in agreement, that the President is a black man.
I hope that members of both extremes will have the opportunity to read this post. I am certain that knowing that they have found some commonality will allow them to sleep comfortably – although the realization of their agreeing on anything may cause them to endure a horrible nightmare.
As for me, I am going to take the alternate position and, supported by the mathematical analysis I provided, I am going to insist that President Obama is indeed a “white man”. This simplifies my life and my voting decision since I no longer have even to consider the matter of race as a potential issue. Hopefully, this might simplify your life too.
So what it all comes down to for me is the President’s track record and the campaign promises on which we relied in 2008. One of those statements in particular keeps ringing through my mind. That was, “If I can’t cut the deficit in half in my first four years, I would not deserve to be re-elected.” Rather than a fifty percent reduction we’ve seen a sixty percent increase.
Relying on the President’s own words, I’m compelled to vote for “the other White Meat”.