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Barack Obama’s Race Problem

Poll: Racial views steer some white Dems away from Obama

by RON FOURNIER and TREVOR TOMPSON

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deep-seated racial misgivings could cost Barack Obama the White House if the election is close, according to an AP-Yahoo News poll that found one-third of white Democrats harbor negative views toward blacks — many calling them “lazy,” “violent,” responsible for their own troubles.

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Sunday, September 21, 2008 - Posted by | African Americans, Barack Obama, Black Community, Black Culture, Black Men, Black People, Democrats, Life, Racism, Thoughts

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  1. Clearly disturbing findings from the poll, and difficult to understand for those of us who live in New York City where Obama is certain to win. But it also explains why politicians seem to have to speak from both sides of the mouth: they’ve got to win votes from very different sets of people if they hope to win the election.

    I lost my taste for politics when George McGovern lost by a landslide in 1972. I got involved in the local Democratic party, got myself on a slate of delegates and saw for the first time, along with my very first vote as an adult in this county, the kind of power manipulation that was needed to get that Senator nominated as president. And I’d been part of it, which disillusioned me. Of course, I still voted for him, but he lost to Nixon by a landslide because he couldn’t reach outside of his natural constituency.

    I worry about something like this happening again, especially knowing the prejudice that exists out there and the votes he may not be able to win because of it. But I have hope, and I think if Obama wins it will make such an important difference in the way America is and in how it is seen from abroad.

    Comment by Betsy | Sunday, September 21, 2008 | Reply

  2. Thanks for the feedback Betsy,

    The whole process of selecting or electing or winning the presidency has devolved into nothing more than who can be the biggest conjurer of smoke and mirrors designed to distract us from the politician’s own faults while simultaneously magnifying every fault of the opponent. We never get the most qualified candidate. We get the candidate who is most adept at stroking the public’s ego.

    Candidates can do their best to run a clean campaign. But that’s not what fires up the voters’ imagination. The public is accustomed to the type of politics that are more closely associated with the over the top drama of a Jerry Springer Show or Maury Pauvich Show instead of the intelligent discussion of facts from a Diane Rehm Show (and I’d be willing to bet only a relative handful of people even know who I’m talking about).

    Peace

    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Sunday, September 21, 2008 | Reply

  3. Yo, sorry away so long.

    I saw news of that poll and it angered me to no end. Yes, BHO has his faults (no human aside from Jesus is perfect) but he appears to have his heart in the right place when it comes to running the USA.

    I wish someone would tell white America to vote for or against BHO based on the issues rather than skin color. But alas, I don’t think that will happen.

    And you’re absolutely right about the presidential political process. It always ends up, at least for black folk, us having to choose between the lesser of two evils rather than the better of two righteous candidates.

    Comment by profunksticated | Monday, September 22, 2008 | Reply

  4. Thanks for the feedback profunksticated,

    It has been a long time! Welcome back!

    It doesn’t matter if its Obama or anyone else. For some people the issues always take a backseat to personality. George Allen would’ve gotten back into office if people didn’t realize he has personality that proudly wears its proclivity for racism on its sleeve. As long as he racism remained on the down low people were ready to follow him to the ends of the Earth and back. But once he demonstrated his willingness to call people racial slurs on stage he became too hot for most to touch. While I was glad to see his racist ass go down like Senator Larry Craig in an airport men’s room, it bothers me that people don’t see the racism of his stance on issues.

    Peace

    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Monday, September 22, 2008 | Reply


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