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There are those who have made the charge that the birther lies still persist because when it comes down to it, they are tinged in racial prejudice against the president. They argue that if Barack Obama was a white man, this would not be an issue. I do not believe this is the case; at least not entirely.

Are there those out there who hold negative views of the president because of his race? Undoubtedly and unfortunately there are.

Overall, though, the birther movement still persists because our president’s name is Barack Hussein Obama. He was born to a Kenyan-Muslim-raised father and a white American mother. He then spent four years as a child living in Indonesia, with his mother and Indonesian stepfather before returning to Hawaii to live with his grandparents.

This background is far from typical for the average American, and it is something that Obama’s critics have latched on to and attacked him for being an “outsider.”

It has little to do with his race. If our president’s name was Bill Johnson, and he was born to two black Christian parents, and had lived in the United States his entire life, there would be no controversy surrounding his birth. That is not the reality however.

The reality is that his name is Barack Hussein Obama and he does not have a typical background. That does not, however, make him any less American or any less qualified to be president.

Carter Collins, Normal

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