From Jeffrey Young at The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room:
Supporters of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama in Arlington, Va., have been receiving anonymous letters accusing them of supporting the candidate to assuage their racial guilt, according to a report by The Washington Independent, a left-leaning online news outlet (via DCist.com).
The letter targets residents in the heavily Democratic Clarendon section of the Washington, D.C., suburb who have Obama signs on their property. The author says that white voters who support Obama do so because they have a “guilt trip” about racism, an attitude the letter says itself is racist.
“Dear neighbor,” the letter begins. “Please don’t take this the wrong way, but a friend has recommended that I reach out to you about a problem that you may be having but may not be aware of: Have you ever considered whether your ostentatious support for Senator Barack Obama is really a disguise that hides a deeply anchored form of racism towards Black-Americans?” the letter says (the bold print appears in the original document as reproduced by The Washington Independent).
The letter makes no mention of Republican presidential nominee John McCain but does suggest that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), Obama’s chief primary opponent, is more qualified to be president and defends former President Bill Clinton, who some Obama supporters said used racially charged language during the primary campaign.
The author recommends that recipients of the letter visit the website of The Institute for Healing Racism but the group has posted a statement disassociating itself with the letter and its nameless author.