Syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. asked the rhetorical question, “What would it look like if race played no role in the treatment of president Obama?” [“Race and Obama news coverage,” Opinion, April 20].
It’s a legitimate question I’d like to try to answer:
As a politically active conservative (not synonymous with Republican), I’ve talked to many conservatives and Republicans, as well as attended numerous tea-party rallies over the last 5 years (one tea party rally had more than 1100 people). In all my conversations with conservatives, Republicans and tea-party members, the subject of President Obama’s race has never come up.
Additionally, according to my experience, any derogatory comment regarding Obama’s race is consistently rejected and the person making such comments is politely asked to leave. The reason: Because conservatives, Republicans and tea-party people at (least in my experience) consider Obama’s race to be irrelevant. It’s his socialist and big-government policies they object to.
This, of course, doesn’t mean you can’t find someone with racial bias in these three groups. But in my experience, it doesn’t appear to be common.
— John Cartmell, Redmond