Only in America?

Barack Obama goes into the US Presidential Election on November 4th 2008 ahead of his Republican opponent John McCain in the polls. Although polls can often be misleading there is a strong possibility that history will be made in the next several days as the US elects its first Black President.

The question being asked on this side of the Atlantic is why in recent history have there been no serious Black contenders for the position of British Prime Minister, or leader of any other western European nation? Is racism still so rife in Europe that the possibility of a Black leader is generations away?

In a week that has seen Barack Obama take his campaign to new heights, in Europe some Spanish Formula One fans intensified their racist campaign of hatred against Lewis Hamilton, in the hope that he’ll lose the Brazilian Grand Prix, and in Dorset a race row has exploded over a village shop that continues to sell golliwogs.


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