Thursday, September 11, 2008

This story on All Things Considered today....

Made me cry.
Does Race Matter In '08? The View From York, Pa.

All Things Considered,
September 11, 2008 · This is the second report in a series of conversations NPR is having with voters in York, Pa., about race and its role in the 2008 presidential election. Steve Inskeep and Michele Norris plan to meet with a group of 13 voters — a mix of whites, blacks and Latinos — from this swing state several times this fall to dig a little bit deeper than election polls.
Most voters say they won't decide between Barack Obama and John McCain on the basis of race. But, in a question that is more subtle than the standard questions in a poll, can a decision be based on the racial experience of the voter?

Of the 13 voters interviewed by
Morning Edition and All Things Considered, many said this election had them thinking about race in new ways.

Please take the opportunity to listen to this segment on NPR, it is most instructive, and quite distressing.

1 comment:

Jennifer said...

I thought it was quite strange that the one woman would not believe Obama was not a Muslim. I wish she were able to describe all the body language or cultural cues that led to her distrust. Overall I found the discussion depressing because we don't seem to find common ground or shared experiences as Americans.