According to a Stanford study, negative stereotypes that some white voters have about African-Americans may keep Barack Obama from winning the election if it is close.
It's hard to believe that a voter would be stupid enough to apply stereotypes to a guy who is a graduate of Harvard Law School. Are people really that ignorant? We'll see in November.
And speaking of ignorant, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof reported in today's Times that 13% of registered voters believe, according to polls, that Mr. Obama is a Muslim. This is, of course, false. As Mr. Kristof points out, Mr. Obama is much more involved in his Christian church than John McCain is involved in his.
Even worse, reports Kristof, in conservative Christian circles and on some "Christian" radio stations, the rumor that Senator Obama is the anti-Christ.
Maybe they can burn a few witches or hold an exorcism or something. Oh, and stay home on election day, along with the white voters who apply their stereotypes to intelligent, repectable men.