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I’m not saying Barack Obama is the “perfect” candidate

The other day I was listening to Joe Madison on satellite radio and a caller and he were talking about Obama’s campaign.  Madison often talks about how black people are undervalued, underestimated and marginalized in politics and within American culture.  On this particular day, I heard both of them saying how if Barack Obama were to become president that we would no longer be undervalued, underestimated and marginalized.  While I heard this, I didn’t really listen (at the time).  Today, it really hit me. And I realized how powerful that statement was.  While I don’t believe things will change overnight, can you imagine the paradigm shift, if the most powerful leader in the world were a black man?  Our kids and grandkids would have a completely different mindset about what black people can and cannot attain. 

No longer would it seem so abstract or elusive for them to want to grow up and be president.  I think we can all agree that black men are the most undervalued, underestimated and marginalized members of our society.  Could society start to view them differently if the most powerful man in the world was a black man?  How differently would America be viewed in the eyes of the billions of people of color around the world?  Do you think a black man could have more success with the countries in the Middle East?  Would a black president (unlike the last 2 presidents) be more likely to step in when genocide is happening in Africa?  Would al Queda pause their violent campaign against American forces if a brother asked to meet with them?  Maybe my insight is long in coming or I’m naive but for some reason today I really thought long and hard about how it would affect our world today and the affect upon young kids growing up today.  Children of all colors would see that all people have value and that no one should be undervalued, underestimated and marginalized solely based upon color.  That idea is powerful to me.

I’m not saying Barack Obama is the “perfect” candidate but he’s as fine a candidate as anyone who is running right now.  Originally, I backed another candidate but in the last couple of weeks, I began to change my mind.  The idea of voting for someone solely because they are black was not palatable to me unless there was some compelling reason.  For example, I would never vote for a Clarence Thomas because I see him as a selfish and closed person unwilling to extend a hand to people who look like him.  It appears to me, that he is the kind of black man who likes being the “token” and will do anything and everything to please his white benefactors.  I hear conservatives gush about him but what I also hear is their admiration for his “loyalty”.  He’s like the trusty dog who fetches his master’s slippers and is rewarded for his special tricks for his master’s amusement.  I don’t see Barack like that.  I may not agree with everything he votes for but I believe that he operates based upon conviction.  He appears to me to be his own man and will do the right thing for the right reason.  Of course, Obama may not get the Democratic nomination but for the reasons I explained above, I decided to put my money where my heart is.


Posted by Nuttshell on 02/12 at 10:41 AM in BloggingPoliticsPersonal

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