First, listen to this story, from NPR; then come back.For those of you who didn’t listen, it basically said that black voters may not be completely sold on Barak Obama for two reasons:
- He has a white father and Kenyan mother, grew up in Indonesia and isn’t related to any slaves. Therefore, he may not understand the black American experience. Oh, and his skin is kind of light.
- He attended Ivy League schools and hasn’t really experienced “black life” in America because of his privilege.
What black voters are apparently saying is that he can’t relate to them because of those two reasons.
Okay, let’s tackle these one at a time. The story says that most black voters that have these issues are leaning to towards Hillary Clinton. In terms of the first issue, I can’t fathom where people are choosing Hillary Clinton over him. She has two white parents, grew up in white America and is certainly not related to any slaves. Her skin is lighter than his. My inclination is to think Senator Obama may be able to relate the black American experience better than her. Probably.
Second, the implication here is that since Senator Obama didn’t grow up on the streets and doesn’t speak Ebonics, he hasn’t experienced “black life” in America and is not qualified to represent black Americans. Is that not the most racist and ridiculously auto-oppressive statement you’ve ever heard? I’m at a loss for words to describe how damaging this attitude is. Bill Cosby certainly got it right.
Personally, I will vote for Mitt Romney in the primaries. Not only does he share my religion, more importantly, he shares my Libertarian views. He’s a fan of tax cuts and balanced budgets. Social and fiscal conservatism back together again. Life will be good.
But, if it comes down to Barak Obama vs. John McCain or Rudy Giuliani, I’m pretty sure I would vote for Obama. I think I would vote for a retarded hoot owl before I would vote for Hillary Clinton.