A Deep Nerve

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November 24, 2012 11:36 a.m.

From TPM Reader KE on reaping the whirlwind

I am sure that many people (like me) took the insults and disrespectful behavior towards President Obama in a very personal way.

Many of us have experienced racism from “non-racists” all too frequently. As an Asian-American, the questioning of Obama’s American-ness really strikes a raw nerve.

(This is perhaps the one experience that unites Asian-Americans — being treated as a foreigner in our homeland). I see in Barack Obama a smart man who worked hard to get an education and to achieve a better life, only to be questioned about his credentials and his authenticity. I identify with that. So do many other people.

The Republican attacks on Obama reminded many people of their own personal experiences with sexism and racism. Too bad (or maybe it was for the better) that the Republicans living in their bubble of whiteness couldn’t see that.

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