July 4, 2020

Why race is mentioned as an issue in the coming Presidential Election. An in-depth look at how candidates use the race card in their favor.

It is sad to think that we as a nation have not moved past looking at the color of one’s skin and judging the value of a person based on whether they are black or white.  I believe that this coming election should be centered more on policy decisions than whether the candidate is black or white.  But many in the media believe that Obama has a right to play the race card.  Supporters, conservative and liberal reporters play the race card themselves, so why shouldn’t a candidate have the right to do the same?  Some conservatives in the media do not agree with use of the race card, “[Ann] Coulter [a conservative commentator and best selling writer] posits that the left consistently plays the ‘race card’ in order to keep the black vote, by accusing Republicans of racism when it’s not deserved” (U.S. News).  This quote shows that race and its mention is key in winning votes during a campaign run, especially in a tightly contested election.  Does the mention of race continually have to be the case in elections? In my opinion, NO.

Both sides are guilty of playing race in order to gain attention from the ever-present media.  President Obama often refers to race in his campaign speeches.  In one such instance he stated that Romney would deny citizens certain opportunities based on the color of their skin (White House Dossier).  Meanwhile on the other side of the aisle, Romney brought up the race card at a campaign stop in Detroit, MI, stating, “Working-class whites, in other words, are already more prosperous and secure than working-class minorities, but they’re less optimistic because they don’t believe they’re climbing anymore.  They’re simply trying to hold on to what they’ve got, and see others grabbing at it” (NBC News).  Though the political campaigns are now defined by who can be the better attack dog, I believe most Americans just want to hear about a candidate’s policy decisions and position stances.   But this is not the case; race defined the election in 2008 and will help define this coming election.

Some key questions that must be asked when looking at the 2012 Presidential Election, and beyond, include, can we as a nation move past the idea of race, or will it forever define politics?  Do you as a voter care more about a candidates skin color than his/her beliefs about where the country is headed?  Do you agree with the idea that candidates should be allowed to address race and it’s meaning in a Presidential Election?

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