So, a few days ago, the Associated Press came out with a story about some black Republicans selling out their beliefs just to “VOTE FOR A BLACK MAN!!!” Personally, I think this is despicable and racist, and it would be just as bad as Jesse Jackson voting for Alan Keyes just to get a black man elected.
How are we supposed to fulfill the “goal” of electing an African American, ending race, if we’re VOTING BASED ON RACE?!?! It just appalls me that these people are so shallow.
Here’s some quotes:
Black conservative talk show host, Armstrong Williams, who has never voted for a single Democrat his whole life, told AP, “I don’t necessarily like his policies; I don’t like much that he advocates, but for the first time in my life, history thrusts me to really seriously think about it. I can honestly say I have no idea who I’m going to pull that lever for in November. And to me, that’s incredible. Among black conservatives. They tell me privately, it would be very hard to vote against him in November.”
That’s ridiculous. I would never just vote for the white guy just because he’s white. I’ll vote for a person because I agree with them. Whether they’re white, black, Asian, Hispanic, or any other race!
Williams went on to say that his 82-year-old mother, who has also never voted for a Democrat, will vote for Obama, “She is so proud of Senator Barack Obama, and she has made it clear to all of us that she’s voting for him in November. That is historic. Every time I call her, she asks, ‘How’s Obama doing?’ They feel as if they are a part of this. Because she said, given the history of this country, she never thought she’d ever live to see this moment.”
And that’s so sad. An 82-year-old selling out her beliefs just to vote for somebody based on the color of his skin.
J.C. Watts, a former Oklahoma Congressman said that he’s still a Republican, but thinks that the party often neglects blacks and that the Democrats reach out to them. “And Obama highlights that even more. Republicans often seem indifferent to those things,” Watts said. He also told reporters that he thinks Obama will focus on poverty and urban policy.
Writer, and actor on “The Cosby Show,” Joseph C. Phillips began calling himself an “Obamacan” or an Obama Republican earlier this year, but since then has begun to question his support for Obama. He told AP, “I am wondering if this is the time where we get over the hump, where an Obama victory will finally, at long last, move us beyond some of the old conversations about race. That possibly, just possibly, this great country can finally be forgiven for its original sin, or find some absolution. We have to not judge him based on his race, but on his desirability as a political candidate. And based on that, I have a lot of disagreements with him on a lot of issues. I go back and forth.”
At least he realizes that voting for Obama to end racism in politics would be ironic, but that makes him look even more ridiculous when he says that he still might do it.
John McWhorter, a senior fellow at the conservative Manhattan Institute and New York Sun columnist (who calls himself a moderate), says that Obama’s victory in the Democratic primary “proves that while there still is some racism in the United States, there is not enough to matter in any serious manner. This is a watershed moment. Obama is probably more to the left than I would prefer on a lot of issues. But this issue of getting past race for real is such a wedge issue for me. And he is so intelligent, and I think he would be a perfectly competent president, that I’m for him. I want him to get in because, in a way, it will put me out of a job.”
Again – who cares if a black man EVER gets elected President. And who cares if we ONLY have black men elected President for the rest of the lifetime of this country. Vote for somebody based on issues, not on skin color.
Former Massachusetts Senator, moderate black Republican, Edward Brooke said that he is “extremely proud and confident and joyful” at how well Obama is doing. He called Obama “a worthy bearer of the torch,” in reference to his nomination. He told the AP that race won’t be a factor in who he votes for, and went on to say, “This is the most important election in our history. And with the world in the condition that it is, I think we’ve got to get the best person we can get.”
One black Republican, the former Maryland Lt. Governor and failed Senatorial candidate in 2006, Michael Steele, says that “come November, I will do everything in my power to defeat him. I think people who try to put this sort of messianic mantle on Barack’s nomination are a little bit misguided.”
I always liked him!
Another black Republican, James T. Harris, a radio talk show host in Milwaukee, told the AP that he opposes Obama “with love in my heart. We are of the same generation. He’s African American and I’m an American of African descent. We both have lovely wives and beautiful children. Other than that, we’ve got nothing in common. I hope he loses every state.”
Now – that’s an attitude I like to see!
I hope that black Republicans don’t sell out their beliefs just because of race, and I also hope that people don’t vote for McCain out of racism either. Sadly, I think both will happen. I know right here in Wayne County, we have 2 VERY racist cities, Taylor and Wyandotte, and although Detroit will help Obama, he may lose a lot of support in those 2 cities (Taylor is a pretty big city and is a Democratic stronghold in the county).
Let’s move past race and vote on the issues!
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