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marlon07 | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 24, 2008 at 2:56 PM via web

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Do you think that Obama's race and Middle Eastern name will have a role in whether people will vote for him or not?

do you think that Obama's race and middle Eastern like name will have a role on whether people will vote for him or not?

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chicagorilke23 | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted September 25, 2008 at 2:23 PM (Answer #2)

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I think Obama's race and Middle Eastern like name will have a role in a person's voting practices if they allow it to be an issue for them.

Race and Middle Eastern like name will also have a role in their voting practices if they already have an issue with race or the Middle East.

For those concerned about the issues- like health care, taxes, etc., the focus will be on what each candidate plans on doing for the people. 

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kwoo1213 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted September 25, 2008 at 11:44 PM (Answer #3)

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Do you think that Obama's race and Middle Eastern name will have a role in whether people will vote for him or not?

do you think that Obama's race and middle Eastern like name will have a role on whether people will vote for him or not?

  Yes, it will play a role, negatively, I am sorry to say. Some people have prejudices and beliefs that will keep them from voting for him simply because he has this name (and because they falsely believe he is a Muslim when he is, in fact, a Christian), and this will happen without these people even bothering to find out about his policies and ideas for the country, which is extremely sad for me (I would feel the same way if it were another candidate, as well).  Prejudice and racism are ugly, horrible things that still exist in this country and it is a tragedy that a small percentage of people will not vote for Obama because he has an African-American father and a Caucasian mother OR because they automatically associate his name with extremist Muslim groups.  And off of my soapbox I go LOL...

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dbello | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted September 26, 2008 at 5:23 PM (Answer #4)

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I think it depends upon who you ask. Our nation was founded frankly by a group of extremely intelligent men who had the guts to fight for what they believed was 'right'. Remember the Constitution states,"35 years old, native born, and a resident for 14 years before running, that's what the Framers agreed on. Having said that, I think his name might play a role in how some individuals cast their vote, but at the same time in all fairness not everyone thinks that way. For to assume that would suggest that Americans are just plain ignorant. There are those who study, learn,read and do walk in the face of the wind. WE MUST VOTE FOR WHO WE THINK WILL DO THE BEST FOR OUR NATION......nothing else. One of the aspects of our country that is so great is that we can agree to disagree and still be friends. If we do not keep that ability close to our hearts....then we will be in trouble.

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pmiranda2857 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 7, 2008 at 3:05 PM (Answer #5)

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I certainly hope that people don't get caught up in the name of a candidate, but look deeper at his policy positions, beliefs, associations and experience.  

BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA, BY ANY OTHER NAME, IS NOT QUALIFIED TO BE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. 

 

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 18, 2011 at 9:32 AM (Answer #6)

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I think that a lot of people thought his name would be a factor, but it must not have been.  Due to his name and race, he has been barraged with death threats and claims that he is not an American.  This is definitely race-based.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 21, 2011 at 6:37 AM (Answer #7)

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This election is long over but it is important to note that Obama, while winning a comfortable majority in the 2008 Presidential race against John McCain, did not receive a majority of the white vote overall, and not in any southern state either. He won nearly every other age, race and gender demographic. So I would have to say there was some racial overtones to the election and peoples' final voting preference, but I don't think it was the only factor, as the South is more politically conservative and Republican in the first place.

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