Monday, August 31, 2009


This is not a work-related post today, but those familiar with this blog know that I will sometimes include news posts that are race-related. I've been working extra days and hours, so I missed the news about a White pastor (Phoenix, AZ) who is encouraging his parishioners to pray that President Obama dies "from brain cancer like Ted Kennedy."

The pastor, Steven Anderson, stands by his remarks and says they are related to Obama's stance on abortion. But, I find it hard to believe that is the only issue.

And, it's not just this pastor. We've seen the health care debate used as a means to accuse Obama of things such as creating "death panels" to put people's grandmothers to death and we've also seen pictures of Obama as Hitler with posters claiming he is a Nazi or communist.

If anyone thinks that race isn't a primary factor behind these sorts of death wishes and outlandish attacks, they are living in La La Land. This is bigger than positions on abortion and/or health care. There are still many people in this country who can't deal with the fact that they have a Black/bi-racial president.

The wish for Obama's death from brain cancer probably seemed better than the pastor saying he hoped Obama would meet his demise by an assassin's bullet. But, it's worth noting that a protestor showed up at an Obama town-hall in the Phoenix area carrying a loaded assault rifle. This person was a member of Anderson's church!

Anyway, I thought I'd share to the story on the pastor:

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