Rick, BenL, this is nothing new. When Obama was compaigning, everything was questioned about him. They questioned his citizenship, his name, his patriotism, his ethnicity.
Growing up, I felt that I had to do things better than everyone. I and my two siblings attended Catholic school for five years where we were the only black students. My sister attended a Catholic high school where she was the only black student.
I never let my race interfere with what I needed to do because I was just as good as the next person. I just let my work speak for itself. In my mind if you don't follow the company line, then you're considered insubordinate or unreasonable. THis is one the reasons why I am somewhat of a loner. I have always tended to go against convention.
Regarding politics I look at both sides of whatever the issues are. I'm sure to catch flak from both sides because of some of the position I hold on certain issues but they are mine nevertheless.
I'm thankful for my mom who instilled in me that I could do anything. I have accomplished many goals and look forward to doing more.