ROSE NOLEN: Accepting all humans as equal can be challenge

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Evidently, some Americans have come to realize that what many people have against President Barack Obama is his race.

That shouldn’t have been hard to figure out. It hasn’t been that long since many people in America were caught up in racial bigotry. In any case, while some people may have been surprised by this fact, most African-Americans have always been aware of it.

For some of us, it is understandable. People who have lived all of their lives submerged in a sea of racial supremacy, drowned in the belief that one race is superior to all others, are not likely to recover easily. To learn to accept all human beings as equals, for some, can be a challenge.

Beyond that, there are people who are actually opposed to the Affordable Care Act. Many do not understand it, and many feel that it will not work. But, in any case, neither of these two reasons were important enough to close down the government. Neither hating the president or the health care plan was a sufficient reason for causing so much harm and dissatisfaction among the people. People either will or won’t come to accept the president, and like every other law on our books, we’ll have to see if the health care plan works. If it doesn’t, we’ll have the opportunity to get rid of it.

Fortunately, since most people are now aware of certain people’s attitude toward the president, there is no need to dwell on it. Most African-Americans know racism is still alive in America, and until it dies, there will always be problems.

Frankly, I’ve been down this road for so long, I’m not interested in continuing the journey. I’m truly sorry that some people will be unable to enjoy the fullness of life because of this handicap. Nevertheless, those of us who are able, must move forward.

Certainly, it is to be hoped that the government will soon be open again and our immediate problems will be taken care of. Obviously, angry Americans will ultimately realize that Barack Obama is serving his second term as the American president, his name has gone down in the record book, and there is simply no way of wiping him out of history.

Had Americans not brought slavery into this country and used slaves for cheap labor, we wouldn’t have this problem. That is all in the past now and should be left to history.

Hopefully, as time passes, most people will accept the fact that Americans are many colors and races. We can set that example and demonstrate how well it can work. One day, we’ll be thankful we had the opportunity.

Rose M. Nolen writes a weekly column for the Missourian. You can join the conversation with her by calling 882-5734 or emailing her at

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Ellis Smith October 15, 2013 | 6:29 a.m.

It will be surprising if there are no responses to this article.

For today I'll stick with Jackson Pollock (see post under Art & Archeology article). Please pass the paint buckets. :)

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Skip Yates October 15, 2013 | 9:36 a.m.

Sorry, there are a lot of things about this President I don't care for, and the color of his skin doesn't have a dang thing to do with any of it. Next!

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John Schultz October 15, 2013 | 5:04 p.m.

Some people may not like President Obama for his race. I don't like him (or George W. Bush, or most other presidents) for certain of his policy stances.

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Ellis Smith October 16, 2013 | 8:23 a.m.

But remember, guys, only white* folks harbor racial prejudices.

My vote for the two worst presidents since World War II would be Johnson and Nixon (please note they were not from the same political party). My vote for the two best presidents since World War II would be Truman and Reagan (also not from the same political party).

IMO JFK wasn't president long enough to make an accurate evaluation of his presidency.

*- Any "white" person whose skin color is as white as blank newsprint paper would probably be a physically ill individual.

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