NY Times Letter to Editor: Don’t Assume That a Vote Against Obama Is Racist

NY Times Letter to Editor:

Don’t Assume That a Vote Against Obama Is Racist

To the Editor:

Re “Racism Without Racists,” by Nicholas D. Kristof (column, Oct. 5):

One could come away from this column with the idea that even if you think you’re a decent, well-intentioned person who disagrees with Barack Obama on grounds of policy or lack of experience, what you actually are if you don’t want to vote for him is an “unconscious” racist bigot.

Nonsense.

I don’t want to vote for Mr. Obama because I don’t think he’s a very good candidate. I don’t think he’ll run a very good administration or make a very good president. End of story.

Many of the other people I know feel the same way. And, yes, we’re Democrats. From the East Coast. And most of us even went to colleges — some of them pretty good ones. Amazing. We can think on the issues, and not filter everything through race, one way or the other.

Lucretia Grindle 
Blue Hill, Me., Oct. 6, 2008

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