Thursday, October 23, 2008


Conversation between Mr. Kristof, a Times columnist and his friend in Beijing, China... Reminds me of similar perceptions that some in India harbor - and how they are slowly being changed...

She: Obama? But he’s the black man, isn’t he?

Me: Yes, exactly.

She: But surely a black man couldn’t become president of the United States?

Me: It looks as if he’ll be elected.

She: But president? That’s such an important job! In America, I thought blacks were janitors and laborers.

Me: No, blacks have all kinds of jobs.

She: What do white people think about that, about getting a black president? Are they upset? Are they angry?

Me: No, of course not! If Obama is elected, it’ll be because white people voted for him.

[Long pause.]

She: Really? Unbelievable! What an amazing country!

Full column here.

1 comment:

Tree said...

If Obama wins, it'll be because white, black, hispanic, indian, etc. voted for him.