Here's how she prefaced it:
"I don't know how much of this is true. I haven't personally researched the allegations. And I know that everyone seems to love Opra [sic]. However, I have heard some of the allegations previously. I remember when it was in the news that Barack Obama refused to put his hand on the bible--but instead, the Koran. I'm only sending this as "food for thought" to the rest of you."
Wow. Thanks for the heads-up, Mom.
I might have actually done something stupid, like research the facts myself.
(How many times do I have to tell her Snopes is our friend?)
This is par for the course for her, sadly. The word "Muslim" is synonymous with "terrorist" in her mind. And the fact that he's black just seals the deal.
Would she believe the same lies about Rudy Giuliani? Or Mitt Romney? Or Mike Huckabee?
No, she wouldn't.
So, why Obama?
It should come as no surprise to me. I once dated a black man. For some reason that I still don't quite understand, I took him to meet my mom. She was gracious and welcoming, and smiled just a tad too brightly. And when my dad called her from work to let her know he was on his way home, she informed him that I was there with a friend.
"He's black," she said in a stage whisper into the receiver, almost the same way she might have said, "He eats boogers."
I was mortified.
We only went on a couple dates after that, then he hooked up with someone else. It was no big deal; we weren't intimate or in a serious relationship, and we'd never discussed dating exclusively. Still, my mother ran with it.
Mom: "That's what they do, you know?"
Me: "What who do? Men?"
Mom: "Black men."
Me: "Oh, good Lord!"
As if she'd ever met a black man who didn't scare the bejesus out of her.
When I was in a three year relationship with a white man where we lived together and talked about marriage, and he ended up cheating on me (with a minister's wife, no less), all she said then was, "Well, you did gain a little weight."
How does that go...about not judging a man by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character?
I'm afraid we have a ways to go to realize that dream.