Is Race a Factor in the Upcoming November 4 Election?

I was watching CNN late last night. Anderson Cooper’s popular news program reported what people think about race as a factor in the Nov. 4 election.

Seven out of 10 Americans questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Friday said the race of the candidates will not be a factor in their vote for president this year.

That 70 percent figure is up 9 points from July, when the same question was asked. Only 5 percent of those polled said race will be the single most important factor in their choice for president, with 11 percent saying it’s one of several important factors, and 13 percent indicating race will be a minor factor in their vote.

Honestly, I am so tired of the media reporting about race as an issue in any decision that anyone makes in this nation. I have never heard so much discussion about a person’s skin color being seen as an influencing factor of his worth — even worse, as a determining factor of how a person would act in the future.

It is time for America to wake up to become a color-free society. By that I mean, people should be looked upon based on their character, experience and knowledge and not judged by the color of their skin.

It is time for politicians to refrain from legislating policies that differentiate people by their ethnic diversity. Honoring diversity in large proportion is also promoting segregation between races.

It is time for the media to educate its viewers, listeners and readership that people’s perception of others should be based on the content of their soul and not the color of their skin.

To move us forward as a nation, let us look at the common features that unite us and bind us together and not dwell on things that differentiate us. As human beings, we all long to be loved; we all long to be respected; we all want a safe place to live. We wish for a clean environment and to be assured of our nation’s security. These aspirations and desires should be the driving force that should move us ahead as one nation.

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