My Take on “That One”

John McCain called Barack Obama “that one.”

Wow. May be some racist undertones there.

McCain is a privileged white man in his 70s.

If you’re an American in your 60s or older right now, black or white, you have some deep-seated conclusions about race that you came to decades ago. These are tied closely with fear, anger, jealousy, guilt, and self-loathing.

The younger crowd carries a lot of this baggage, too, but there’s hope for a lot of us.

As for McCain, maybe there was no racial condescension intended. Sure seemed like it, though, and I’m not in the least surprised.


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