Letters to the Editor12/11/08

Dec. 11, 2008

Column clarification

A more careful reading of my piece “Now that the Election is over” in the Nov. 26 edition of the Observer would allow Ralph M. McGregor (“Letters to the Editor: Politics over racism,” Dec. 5) to understand that I don’t consider questioning of Barack Obama’s abilities or character to be indicative of hate-filled racism. If I did, I would have to disown friends and family members who wanted either John McCain or Hillary Clinton to be our next president and who had doubts about Obama’s transparency.

I do know that there are more than 800 organizations in this country whose bigoted members remain willfully blind to the achievements and leadership potential of individuals who are different, whether in race, religion or some other characteristic (e.g., “liberal” or” conservative”). This kind of bigotry has already been revealed in threats against Obama.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (www.splcenter.org) is widely known and respected for its tracking of hate groups, its legal victories over white supremacists and its tolerance education programs. The Center’s award-winning Intelligence Report identifies the hate-filled racists with whom we should really be concerned these days.

Spencer M. Wright