President Obama & Chris Gayle Victims of Racial Predjudice
Two public figures subjected to racial prejudice
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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President Obama& Chris Gayle Victims of Racial Prejudice
The subject of racial prejudice is a complex subject that evokes much emotion. It affects our lives in such a
profound manner whether as a victim or perpetrator. There is no doubt that prejudices and especially racial
prejudice is founded and nurtured on ignorance, and although there have been many advances in the
reduction of this human phenomenon, I fear that it will be with us for many years to come. I am, of course,
astonished that no matter how technologically advanced the world has become, we still have not been able
to make dramatic advancements in reducing colour prejudice. We are all ingrained with our own prejudices,
in one form or another, influenced by environment, experiences, education, socioeconomic and other
factors. We arenot born with prejudices and it certainly is not genetic.
I am truly motivated to write on this subject now because of incidents surrounding two public figures. The
first is one of the finest leaders of all time, and the first black president of the USA, BarrackObama. The other
is our own outstanding cricketer, Chris Gayle
How much of what President Obama is presently experiencing is based on his racial makeup? Is there, in the
reaction to his policies and leadership, the issue of colour prejudice? I suspect that the manner in which he is
attacked by his opponents and in particular on social media, is an attempt to ensure that his presidency is
discredited, because a black man cannot or should not go down in history as having accomplished much. The
idea that a black man is president has still not been stomached/accepted by a largeportion of white America.
The Chris Gayle uproar and reaction to his flirting publicly with a white female journalist is astonishing. Would
the reaction been the same if Gayle was white, and is it not how dare a black man flirt publicly with a white
woman? Why would a cartoonist of a newspaper depict Gayle as a buffoon with a huge watermelon stuffed
in his mouth? Happily, the cartoon which was also posted on Twitter was quickly removed.
In the end, I think probably, if we could all first be true to ourselves, we may just be able to rid our world of
the scourge of racial prejudice and all the ugliness with which that phenomenon is associated. Perhaps this
can start if we ask ourselves just how many lives have been destroyed or wasted because we continue to find
it convenient to deal with our fears by dividing people on the basis of race.
Can we not stop and deal with racial prejudices with greater purpose? We must rid ourselves of this mindset
because, after all, that is what prejudice is. And it is only us that has the ability to change how we relateand
perceive others, especially in relation to colour.
Colonel Allan Douglas