Not to beat a dead debate-horse to death, but in relation to Obama's debate performance that many have perceived as passive (and that is probably the kindest way to put it), I have seen many references to the "angry black man" syndrome. Too many. Waaaaay too many. I was talking to a colleague of mine today, who is a black male, and in our discussion of the debate, he brought up the fact that Obama has to be careful to not appear angry. Because you know, black people can't get angry. It scares white people. It feeds into the very basest notions they have of us. Anger trods down the path to violence, and you know what happens when black people get violent, right????
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