The Sunday Times Magazine captioned this photo, “Still carrying his fiber bag, an old beggar walks into the Palace and looks up at the furnishings.”
During President Ramon Magsaysay’s term, no door or gate was barred to the people. On his first “at home” as Chief Executive—the day of his inaugural—the Philippines Free Press wrote: “the common people turned out en masse:”
Men, women, and children, many of them barefooted, many others in slippers or in bakya [clogs], streamed through the palace gates, milled around the President and shook hands with him, and then walked in and out of the rooms… Protocol Officer Manuel Zamora said that around 80,000 people entered the palace grounds. The visitors drank 19,200 bottles of soft drinks and ate 10,000 sandwiches.
We’re supposed to be living in a post-racial, multicultural, pluralistic world where the color of your skin and the original zip code of your ancestors no longer matters.
You can stop laughing now.
Barack Obama is President of the United States, but many Americans still deny that he is an American. Mario Balotelli scored the two goals that sent Italy into the Euro 2012 final, but at home he faces crowds chanting, “There is no such thing as a black Italian.”
Here at home, there’s a furor every couple of weeks over public statements and advertisements that are perceived to be racist. The latest flap involves two ads, one for an optical supplies store and one for a skin whitening product.