To the editor:
Mr. Larry Baker's long July 27 letter in defense of President Obama ends with an implicit plea for the end of "racial nonsense." If we take as a definition of "racial nonsense" judgment about people based on their skin color, then the choice of Obama as the Democratic candidate in 2008 is an example of racial nonsense, as it is inconceivable that a white man with a similarly mysterious background and inconsequential political record would have been the candidate. A further, more recent, example of racial nonsense is the decision of the Department of Justice not to prosecute alleged perpetrators of voter intimidation because they were black.
Mr. Baker says as his closing argument that anti-Obama sentiment is partly driven by white racists. Undoubtedly true, but not to a decisive extent: If this were true, why would a white-majority America have elected Obama in the first place? I submit that anti-Obama sentiment is driven by his broken or failed promises, his illegal executive orders, and his support of legislation such as Obamacare that arguably is extending high unemployment and the resulting bad economy. Mr. Baker would face up to these
facts if Obama were not a fel-