The United States may soon see its first ever African American president, but not all have appeared to be happy about the possible act that could demonstrate major strides for race relations in the country. Several recent incidents have reportedly arisen that suggest that some reject Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama, solely due to the color of his skin.
As reported by Reuters, a man in Ohio hung a figure representing Senator Obama from a tree in his yard. The man responded to media questions regarding the incident with statements that suggested his anger at the idea of a black man being in such a high position of power in the country. Other incidents included the placement of the senator’s face on food stamps, in other situations that perpetuate stereotypes of African Americans, and on a cardboard box which was hung from a tree at a university.
The racist acts were speculated to exemplify the attitudes of a number of individuals who are uncomfortable with the possibility of Senator Obama’s win, and view it as well as the rights of minorities, women, gay individuals, and other oppressed groups as a potential threat. Racism has been described as major social problem in the U.S. Some view a possible step towards helping alleviate some of its affects as having a transformational black president for this generation.