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Obama Nation or abomination? It seems as if Barack Obama may be the favorite to be elected into office in the year 2008, if this is the case the country would be facing something it has never faced before, an African-American president. Now before the protest groups start lining up outside our office let me just say that I am, in no way, opposed to having a black president. I believe it would be a landmark day in our country’s history. It would be a truly amazing thing. If anyone in America deserves to be President of the United States it should be Mr. Obama. In no way would I be opposed to being under his ruling fist, what makes me skepticle about the entire situation is that ‘African American Firsts’ have not gone well in this country. Tracing through American history you find that the first black people to do certain things, well, faced some rough, hard times. Barack Obama would have to deal with these racist, rednecks every day of his term, I would like to believe he would be able to handle it. I would like to think that people wouldn’t take it too far.

 

When looking back at a notable ‘African American First’ we are immediately reminded of American hero Jackie Robinson, who is credited with being the first black person to play in Major League Baseball. On April 22, 1947 during a game agains the Phillies, Robinson was showered all game with insults that included the word ‘ni**er’ and ‘go back to the cotton fields.’ What scares me about this is that Robinson was only a baseball player. Can you not imagine, at Obama’s Innaugural Address, a cranky Joe Leiberman leading a crowd of rowdy congressman in a chant of ‘Go Back to Africa.’ It’s a problem that this nation as a whole should really be thinking about. I don’t think it’s even necessary to take us back to 1940 when Booker T. Washington was the first black man to be put on a postage stamp, because I think we all remember how that turned out.

 

Mr. Obama, I wish you luck in your quest to become President of the United States. It would be an inspiration to us all if you were to win. Don’t let Jackie Robinson’s early career problems get you down, because he, was a hall of famer.

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