Before the first presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain last night at Ole Miss, SuperGenius novelist — and Ole Miss Law School graduate, John Grisham — told a television interviewer, when asked why Obama was not doing better against McCain, that a “White candidate” would be “fifteen points ahead of McCain right now.”
The interviewer was taken aback by Grisham’s blunt statement and blurted out something about Obama being behind because he’s Black…
Grisham said America is Racist and skin color matters.
The bewildered interviewer asked Grisham to confirm: If a candidate with Obama’s schooling and credentials were White, he’d be 15 points ahead of McCain right now?
Grisham nodded and confirmed the only reason a Democrat wasn’t doing better was because people don’t want to vote for a Black man.
Grisham also confirmed he was a solid, “yellow dog Democrat,” and hinted that he’d be voting for Obama in the Fall — he didn’t want to confirm his Obama vote right then because he was an invited guest of Ole Miss, and wanted to remain impartial during the debate.
The Grisham interview quickly ended and the debate began.
Obama did well during the debate, and he held his cool and made some fine points against McCain’s unseemly contempt for him on stage.
I was left to ponder, and then admire, Grisham’s great guts for confronting — on live television — the monstrosity in the room hanging this election: Skin color.
You can argue with Obama about Iraq and the budget — but can you discount him, and press him away, just because his skin is darker than yours?
Obama must win the election — if not solely for this one, hard, want: If he wins, skin color will never again be a memes test for president of the United States.
It is our job as moral Americans to beat back the Racists with our vested votes and give Obama a landslide victory in November greater than the 15 point discount he’s already forced to pay for a condition he owns, but cannot help or harbor.