With the candidates starting to make a name for themselves, starting to become household names, I've heard a lot of talk about a certain name. Barack Hussein Obama.
Let me draw out the obvious.
1.) Hussein: Obviously, that name triggers our minds to Saddam Hussein, a "bad guy."
2.) Obama: If we were playing charades, we would be pulling our ears, "Sounds like 'Osama.'" Referencing Osama bin Ladin, another "bad guy."
Ok, now, my point. SO WHAT?!?! Who gives a flying fart what his name is? He is neither of those two "evils." Saddam Hussein was charged for "crimes against humanity." Osama bin Ladin was the "ring leader of terrorism."
But, I don't understand why people associate those "evil" peoples' names with Barack Hussein Obama, presidential candidate. In years to come, are we going to be wary of all men named George? Will we shudder if a new neighbor has the last name Bush? No, we won't. It's a name. It's a word. It does not make the person.
A person is a person based on who they are, what they stand for, ideals, morals, upbringing, not on a name. We should be ashamed if we judge someone based on what their name reminds us of - especially if there is no viable connection between the two besides the name. When I read comments or hear clips drawing attention to names similar to Barack Hussein Obama's, I cringe. It reminds me of how many narrow-minded people there are even today.