National Public Radio’s fascinating roundtable on race and the presidential election continued today with a segment on Morning Edition and another on All Things Considered. This is a reconvening of the diverse panel of black, Latino, Asian, and white voters from York, Pennsylvania. Their candid discussion is worth your time.
A few questions occurred to me as I listened to this morning’s segment that I’d love to hear you interact on:
- What does the McCain/Palin slogan “Country First” suggest to you?
- Who is Joe Six-Pack?
- When Sarah Palin says things like, “[Obama] is not a man who sees America as you and I see America. We see America as a force for good in this world,” what does she mean by “we”?
- Does Barack Obama include pictures of his white grandparents in his political ads as a way to reassure white voters?
- Would an African American with darker skin have gotten as far as Obama has in a presidential race?
- What does it really mean to be patriotic?
- Do you think there will be any type of post-election violence motivated by anger and tension from either side of the race line?
Those are just a few of the questions that spring to mind. You may have others. I look forward to hearing your thoughts.