Last night, before tending to the hysteric in the house, the Matron attended a kick-ass, fabulous Obama fundraiser--hundreds of people and Minnesota talent to the tune of Prudence Johnson and The Honeydogs.
Goosebumps were had by all! Checks written!!!
But the Matron was bothered by the Obama campaign representative who used the words "smear" and "accuse" to describe the Republican assertions that Barack Obama is a Muslim or an Arab.
She's heard those words before: on the radio, on the tv, in the paper. The language -- smear and accuse -- implies that there is something instrinsicly suspect about said conditions, Arab or Muslim. Something from which one runs, screaming.
This unexamined prejudice in the media and on the campaign trail bothers the Matron -- and so does the fact that if Obama is to win (and he must), he cannot be a Muslim or Arab.
We're not there yet, as a nation. And that deeply rooted prejudice is what nobody's talking about.