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Monday, June 16, 2008

Voting based on race???

So now we have the Democratic Nominee and the Republican Nominee. A white republican vs a black democrat.

Unfortunately, in this race, race is going to be a major issue. It is crazy to think that some black republicans wouldn't jump the pub boat b/c for the first time in history, they could possibly elect a black president.

It doesn't matter much to me what color the president is, as long as the president is the best person for the job. What I don't get is, it is a stereotype that black republicans are often considered outcasts when it concerns political agendas. If I am not mistaken, the majority of the black voters in this country are democrat. Why that is, I don't know. So if they are already being scrutinized for their republican views, why jump ship just to vote a candidate into office that you don't believe in based on race.
Part of me feels that Obama is counting on this to occur. And has always done so. He tries to appeal to the white voters by stating that he is half white, but to me, Obama has always lived his life as a black man. He called his grandmother a
'typical white woman'.

Why post this? I am not the first,
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080614/ap_on_el_pr/black_conservatives_obama
Here is the link to the article. A snippet below:
"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," Williams said. "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."

Just as Obama has touched black Democratic voters, he has engendered conflicting emotions among black Republicans. They revel over the possibility of a black president but wrestle with the thought that the Illinois senator doesn't sit beside them ideologically.


If you don't agree with him, or like his policies, what makes you think that he is good for our country??? In a perfect world, race wouldn't be the issue. But we live in a world that doesn't see a persons values first, you see a persons physical characteristics first. With that first perception follows a stereotype, and that stereotype is believed until proved different.

The article is very interesting. I hope those reading check it out.
This is going to be one of the most historical and memorable elections in history. It has already made history in the primary electoral process. Follow it closely, vote wisely

6 comments:

Just Dave said...

I can tell you with some degree of certainty that there will be a number of white registered Democrats voting for John McCain simply because they do not want a black president. I believe that this would be the case regardless of who the Republican nominee was. Sad but true.

paz y amor said...

Dave's got a point -stole my point actually :)

Given the history of the country, I'm sure you understand the magnitude of Obama's success, and the fact that a lot of us never thought we'd see a Black presidnt in our lifetimes.

Black people used to be overwhelmingly Republican (Lincoln). The first Black congressmen were Republicans and so were the Black voting populations post-Civil War. That was so up until the 1960's when Black people jumped to the Democratic Party after feeling disaffected and neglected. The fact that JFK and LBJ were seen as heroes during the Civil Rights movement only solidified the loyalty of most Black people to the Democratic party.

But here's the ironic thing to me, voting based on race is just as asinine as voting based on the party. Why vote for someone just because they have an (R) or a (D) next to their name? Does that make them a better candidate?

Ellie said...

This might sound stupid, but say we did this to make everyone happy.

Say One nominee one the presidancy...what if the other nominee was to be VP? Would that be awful?

Chaney has said on many occasions he doesn't nessecarily agree with Bush on everything, but does was he is told to do as VP.

Ellie said...

ps.. good point about dems voting repub just so they don't vote a black man for Pres.

I don't like Obama. I don't agree with the majority of his policies. I think that he shares some very racist veiws with his 'former' pastor. I think he is a socialist.

BUT despite all these things, I applaude him for what he has done. I am inspired by his courage. I hope that his story inspires others. I just don't think he will make a very good president. Vice President, maybe. Give him some experience before he takes the seat.

He should be in politics. I just don't think that he is ready to lead this country.

Ellie said...

ps.. good point about dems voting repub just so they don't vote a black man for Pres.

I don't like Obama. I don't agree with the majority of his policies. I think that he shares some very racist veiws with his 'former' pastor. I think he is a socialist.

BUT despite all these things, I applaude him for what he has done. I am inspired by his courage. I hope that his story inspires others. I just don't think he will make a very good president. Vice President, maybe. Give him some experience before he takes the seat.

He should be in politics. I just don't think that he is ready to lead this country.

Just Dave said...

I have recently come across a disturbing phenomenon. When I tell a friend that I am probably not voting for Obama, I get a look that says "racist" even though they know me well enough to know better. Look for some wildly inaccurate exit polls this year as more people tell lies about their voting rather than be considered KKK recruiters.