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Colin Powell, mantan panglima dan menteri luar negeri AS mengeluarkan pernyataan mendukung Barack Obama (Partai Demokrat) dalam pemilihan presiden AS 2008. Powell adalah anggota kabinet dua presiden dari Partai Republik (Bush Junior dan Bush Senior).

Saya tidak ingin membawa pembaca terlalu jauh ke dalam politik di AS. Namun yang lebih menarik adalah otokritik Powell terhadap kecenderungan orang Amerika dalam memandang muslim, bahkan muslim yang menjadi warga AS sendiri pasca 9/11 dan administrasi Bush Junior. “Apakah ada yang salah dengan menjadi muslim di negeri ini (Amerika Serikat)? Apakah ada yang salah ketika bocah muslim AS bermimpi menjadi presiden Amerika?” tanya Powell. Powell memberi jawaban dengan menceritakan kisah dari foto dibawah ini:

” Now, I understand what politics is all about.  I know how you can go after one another, and that’s good.  But I think this goes too far.  And I think it has made the McCain campaign look a little narrow.  It’s not what the American people are looking for.  And I look at these kinds of approaches to the campaign and they trouble me.  And the party has moved even further to the right, and Governor Palin has indicated a further rightward shift.  I would have difficulty with two more conservative appointments to the Supreme Court, but that’s what we’d be looking at in a McCain administration.  I’m also troubled by, not what Senator McCain says, but what members of the party say. And it is permitted to be said such things as, “Well, you know that Mr. Obama is a Muslim.” Well, the correct answer is, he is not a Muslim, he’s a Christian.  He’s always been a Christian.  But the really right answer is, what if he is?  Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer’s no, that’s not AmericaIs there something wrong with some seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be president?  Yet, I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion, “He’s a Muslim and he might be associated terrorists.” This is not the way we should be doing it in America.

I feel strongly about this particular point because of a picture I saw in a magazine.  It was a photo essay about troops who are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.  And one picture at the tail end of this photo essay was of a mother in Arlington Cemetery, and she had her head on the headstone of her son’s grave.  And as the picture focused in, you could see the writing on the headstone.  And it gave his awards–Purple Heart, Bronze Star–showed that he died in Iraq, gave his date of birth, date of death.  He was 20 years old. And then, at the very top of the headstone, it didn’t have a Christian cross, it didn’t have the Star of David, it had crescent and a star of the Islamic faith.  And his name was Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan, and he was an American. He was born in New Jersey.  He was 14 years old at the time of 9/11, and he waited until he can go serve his country, and he gave his life.  Now, we have got to stop polarizing ourself in this way.  And John McCain is as nondiscriminatory as anyone I know.  But I’m troubled about the fact that, within the party, we have these kinds of expressions

(Colin Powell dalam Meet The Press – NBC)

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21 Oktober 2008 pada 1:13 am

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  1. Thank you for the really good info..

    Dino

    21 Oktober 2008 at 1:32 pm

  2. **boleh komen fotonya ya?
    Keren banged.

    zee

    23 Oktober 2008 at 10:02 am

  3. Bisakah hal yang sama terjadi di Indonesia?
    Ketika seorang Bali atau seorang Tionghoa Singkawang maju dan bisa terpilih jadi Presiden RI?
    Kita biasanya punya kesan negatif terhadap USA, tapi kali ini kita harus akui mereka lebih maju dari kita dalam hal primodialisme. Bisakah kita yang di Indonesia juga bebas dari diskriminasi?

    Nurcahya

    8 November 2008 at 7:18 pm

  4. rasanya di indonesia tidak mungkin tionghoa wni jadi calon presiden atau keturunan jepang spt nurcahya harapkan bagai punguk merindukan bulan

    edbert

    11 November 2008 at 4:33 pm

  5. Jika kita mengikuti sejarah penderitaan kaum kulit berwarna pada masa dikriminasi ras berlangsung di Amerika sana, kita takkan pernah membayangkan Obama akan pernah menjadi President USA… tapi semua hal mungkin karena zaman akan selalu berubah dari masa ke masa dan tak mustahil seorang Tionghoa menjadi presiden RI bagi bangsa Indonesia di tahun 2100 …

    Ekben S Chaniago

    6 Desember 2015 at 2:34 am


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