In reply to Mr Davidowsky’s reply Sept 26th to my letter of Sept 18th: 

To the Editor:
In reply to Mr Davidowsky’s reply Sept 26th to my letter of Sept 18th: 
Mr Davidowsky implies that race is not an issue in this campaign.  I wish that were true.  However, I have spoken to voters by phone and in person in our area who were honest enough to tell me they would not vote for Obama because he is Black. 
An NPR report of a discussion with voters in York, PA quoted very nice, sincere people who said race was an issue, made them trust Obama less, made them believe he is Muslim (despite his words and life showing he is Christian), and ultimately, that race would keep them from voting for him.
An Associated Press-Yahoo poll in partnership with Stanford University took place from Aug 27th to Sept 5, 2008.  2,227 adults were polled.  Here is the question.  “Does the fact that if elected, Barack Obama would be the first black president of the United States make you more likely to vote for him, less likely to vote for him, or does it not affect your vote either way?”  10% of whiite respondents said “Less likely to vote for him.”
 Race is still a factor for some of our citizenry.  I am heartened by the fact that 84% in that same poll said it does not affect their vote.  But I think it is helpful to be honest and discuss the reasons behind the hesitancy some still feel.  For many it may be discomfort based on unfamiliarity which we all feel in other areas of our lives, not just with race.  But, as with many things, once we discuss and become familiar with that “unknown” the fear dissipates.
I am glad Mr. Davidowsky chooses his candidate on other criteria and hope we all will soon. 
Vina Miller
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