I’ve been listening to this NPR story about talking to voters about racial fears in the election.
The text is only an excerpt of the entire story (which you should listen to). Some of what these people are saying saddens me.
“I don’t want to sound racist, and I’m not racist,” Moreland says. “But I feel if we put Obama in the White House, there will be chaos. I feel a lot of black people are going to feel it’s payback time. And I made the statement, I said, ‘You know, at one time the black man had to step off the sidewalk when a white person came down the sidewalk.’ And I feel it’s going to be somewhat reversed. I really feel it’s going to get somewhat nasty.”
Moreland says she doesn’t think all black people will “want payback.” “I’m not talking about you (one of the reporters for the story is black), and I’m not talking about them. I’m talking about the people that are out on the street looking for trouble.