Obama Can't Take Black Vote For Granted

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by ZZZzzzzzzz, Feb 1, 2007.

  1. February 2, 2007
    So Far, Obama Can’t Take Black Vote for Granted
    By RACHEL L. SWARNS

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 — He is hailed by his supporters as the hope of an increasingly multicultural nation, a political phenomenon who can wow white voters while carrying the aspirations of African-Americans all the way to the White House.

    So why are some black voters so uneasy about Senator Barack Obama?

    The black author and essayist Debra J. Dickerson recently declared that:

    “Obama isn’t black” in an American racial context.

    Some polls suggest that Mr. Obama trails one of his rivals for the Democratic nomination, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, in the battle for African-American support.

    And at the Shepherd Park Barber Shop here, where the hair clippers hummed and the television blared, Calvin Lanier summed up the simmering ambivalence. Mr. Lanier pointed to Mr. Obama’s heritage — he is the American-born son of a black father from Kenya and a white mother from Kansas — and the fact that he did not embody the experiences of most African-Americans whose ancestors endured slavery, segregation and the bitter struggle for civil rights.

    “When you think of a president, you think of an American,” said Mr. Lanier, a 58-year-old barber who is still considering whether to support Mr. Obama. “We’ve been taught that a president should come from right here, born, raised, bred, fed in America. To go outside and bring somebody in from another nationality, now that doesn’t feel right to some people.”

    Entire story here: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/02/u...=1170392400&partner=homepage&pagewanted=print
     
  2. I won't hold my breath, but hopefully things like this can expose the ugly underbelly of African-American identity politics, and the effect they have on African-Americans' relations with the rest of America.