Sadly, Black Voter racism an asset for Barack Obama

When history reflects on the 2008 Presidential Election, Black Americans will be exposed as voters dominated by Groupthink, and feelings of reverse racism that made them support Barack Obama over John McCain in ratios of up to 94 to 1. It’s not that Obama shouldn’t be winning a majority of the Black Vote (indeed he should), but the sheep-like support of Senator Obama demonstrates the accepted reality that MANY Blacks (not all) are giving their vote to an individual based on his race and race alone. Maybe as victims of hundreds of years of racism and bigotry this is the payback Black Americans deserve, but John McCain deserves better for the simple fact that the Senator from Arizona has fought for the freedoms which Blacks and all Americans enjoy today. For those of you skeptical of my premise explore the numbers.

Black Voter Support in 2008 General Election (10/2/2008)

Obama 94% – McCain 4% – Undecided 6%

Black Voter Support in 2008 Democratic Primary

Obama 89.3% – Clinton 6% – Other 3.7%

Black Voter Support in 2004 General Election

Bush 13% – Kerry 86% – Nader 0%

This election shows Obama getting the largest percentage of the Black American Vote since Lyndon Baines Johnson received 95% of Black votes during his 1964 campaign against Arizona Republican Barry Goldwater. So the volume of support in this election from Blacks (to Obama) isn’t unprecedented, but the reality is Goldwater is no John McCain. McCain has fought against bans on interracial dating, supported Affirmative Action for specific programs (although he opposes quotas), and has passed legislation abolishing pay discrimination against minorities. John McCain also gets it right on issues pollsters say Obama and Blacks are at odds over. Sen. McCain is against Gay Marriage, is pro-life, and supports programs that address infant mortality in Black neighborhoods. Yet the numbers show George W. Bush received 300% the support amongst Black Voters in comparison to Sen. McCain–and to be sure George W. Bush’s record on Black Issues is far from stellar in comparison to Sen. McCain. In fairness, McCain has been criticized by Blacks for opposing MLK Day in 1983, limiting Affirmative Action in his home-state of Arizona, and his tax policy which leaves low income Blacks severely empty handed.

Barack Obama is a great candidate for Black Americans. For the first time in American History, Blacks have the opportunity to cast a vote for an individual who shares their ancestry and struggle of being Black in America. Blacks are partly energized because their support may lead to the White House regularly extending invitations to journalists from Essence, Ebony, and BET which serve their interests. Many civil rights activists have claimed an Obama election will be a realization of MLK’s Dream, and the beginning of the end to racial healing in America. All of this may be well and true, but it still does not justify or explain the almost total support for Sen. Obama by Black Americans. Other minority groups have had candidates of their race run for public office at the local, state, and federal levels and their support for the candidate with mutual ethnic ties has never bordered on Obamamania. Consider this, Governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson of Hispanic decent, did not receive a majority of Latino voters over Senators Obama and Clinton in the Democratic Primaries. Richardson was the first ever Latino running for President, and his candidacy represented extreme pride for Hispanics nationwide, but the Governor failed to capture Obama-like support amongst “his people”.

The 2008 Presidential Campaign will be remembered as a historic election no matter the outcome. We’ve seen a former first lady, a Black American, the first Hispanic American, and first Republican female Vice Presidential Candidate all vie for the support of the American people. The American electorate is more involved in this campaign than any Presidential campaign in recent memory, but the 2008 race will forever be marred by the memories of racial bias and favoritism Black Americans showed toward Senator Obama. An election that was supposed to signify racial healing will probably cause unprecedented amounts of racial backlash once the afterglow of Obamania has worn off and people explore exactly how this man was ushered in by a large percentage of racially motivated Black voters. Racism in American will never disappear until the victims and perpetrators alike disavow treating people based on the pigment of their skin. It’s extremely disheartening to see Black voters forgetting their own message.


~ by americalives on October 23, 2008.

4 Responses to “Sadly, Black Voter racism an asset for Barack Obama”

  1. Re.: the racist vote, Black and White.

    There are several blacks at my workplace who have never voted. (I asked.) You bet your a** they are registered, voting and are very aware of what is going on — this year.

    There are a couple blacks who work there that have been registered and vote every election, but the rest are ALL newly registered. I asked. They were happy to tell me.

    As gently as I can (and I can do this, because I’m not just some nosy white guy, I’m the guy that talks to them about everything else…), I try to narrow it down, and when it comes down to it, it is not for any other reason, even though they may list it as something else (Economics, mad at Bush, etc…). When you ask them in any depth about economics, and why they’re mad at Bush, what prompted them to register this time, it comes back to Obama — and yet they can’t really give a reason why HE inspired them to register. None of them comes out and says “Hey, it’s time for a black President.”

    So, even though it may piss a few of you off, I think that most blacks who are newly registered, especially people who have had the opportunity to register and vote before, are doing it this time because a (partially) black man is running. And that’s that.

    As far as the anti-black, White, traditionally racist vote, McCain will not benefit from any supposed cross-over vote. From the historically racist areas, and from voters who are already registered, there is gonna be NO substantial group of newly registered voters that are registering simply to vote against Obama. In fact, and I’ve said this before, the Democrat White racist voters (see WVA, KY, Al, GA, etc…) are simply gonna stay home, or not vote in the Presidential. The ‘pubs are not going to see a cross-over vote of any size from these people.

    The pollsters are radically wrong if they think this race is close right now. That’s not saying it won’t get closer, as it always does in the last two weeks, but the newly registered Dem voters are going to have the say in what happens this election, and that say says Obama will be the next President.

    Now, I don’t like that, because I would rather have McCain picking SCOTUS justices, “but that’s the way it is”.

  2. I’m one of “they” btw jackscrow. i agree with alot of ur analysis except i think racist whites will come out for the very reason you support McCain–Supreme Court Justices. 1 or 2 McCain appointments would turn the court over to conservatives for the next decade or more, and racist whites (in my opinion mistakeningly) believe that that will benefit them.

  3. I grow weary of seeing the words ‘black’ and ‘racism’ used in the same sentence. If Gulianni had been nominated you bet your ass Italians would be out in droves to vote for one of their own. If Hillary had won, women have and would be out in droves to vote for her. And yes with great pride, blacks after more than 2 centuries have the opportunity to vote for one of their own. What many whites fail to realize is that ‘black’ is not only a race but a shared cultural ethnicity just like Italians, just like Irish, just like women. But once again, whites are trying to tell blacks the way they should identify themselves. A new day may be about to dawn and I intend to be there on January 20th.

  4. Carl I don’t think my piece argues that blacks, irish, italians, or women for that matter shouldn’t support the candidate their share traits with rather the rate at which they vote for their candidate should not approach 94 to 1.

    I challenge you to find an instance where a minority group comparable in size to Black Americans (appx. 8-9% US Population) has voted in such a skewed manner for a candidate that shares a cultural, racial, or ethnic identity.

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