Race-card dou­ble stan­dard

The Washington Times Daily - - Opinion -

Pres­i­dent Obama’s new cam­paign, “African Amer­i­cans for Obama,” would en­rage the left if it were reversed and used by the GOP (“The ig­no­rance of Rick San­to­rum,” Pol­i­tics, Wed­nes­day).

What would hap­pen if Mitt Rom­ney launched a “Whites for Rom­ney” cam­paign? Mr. Rom­ney would im­me­di­ately be called a racist. But isn’t this ex­actly what Mr. Obama is do­ing? Mr. Obama says that color shouldn’t mat­ter, but vote for him be­cause he’s black. Con­tra­dic­tion? I be­lieve so.

Though it’s true that we are drawn to peo­ple who look like us, we shouldn’t vote for some­one based on his race. We should vote for those who we be­lieve will lead the coun­try in the wis­est di­rec­tion. Mr. Obama uses Martin Luther King as a model. He would do well to fol­low King’s ad­vice that peo­ple should not be judged by the color of their skin but by the con­tent of their char­ac­ter. KIPP DUNN Wood­bridge

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