Race is a Two Way Street.

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I wanted to blog this quote I found in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Lately, as I listen to the radio in search of some objective news reporting, more and more I detect racial undertones coming from the professionals who are paid to be – professional. Senator Obama competed fair and square for every vote in the Potomac, but because Hillary Clinton has found that she will not walk along a red carpet into the democratic nomination, but will instead have to actually compete for this honor, we have to rationalize this phenomena somehow by pointing the finger at race. To suggest that the majority of African-American voters collectively chose Obama simply for the color of his skin speaks volumes of just how far we as a nation have failed to come since the sixties. In taking this stance we do two things. One: We say that we believe that African-Americans do not look at the issues, or consider the larger picture when choosing a candidate. Forget the last 200 hundered years of American politics/history in which the destinies of blacks and whites have proved to be woven into the same cloth; working together, learning together, marching together, fighting together, and dying together in every war! 200 hundred years of presidential elections without a single serious African-American contender, and this fact had nothing to do with race? Right. Oh, yes, Jesse Jackson ran for president back in 1984, and 1988. Where was the Potomac then? The same place it is now, considering each candidate and making a choice. Give African-Americans some credit.Two: We play the hypocrite by completely ignoring the so called race factor in NH, MA, NY, NM, etc. Do we only cry about race and try to excuse away the Obama camp’s planning and hard work when the white candidate loses? I find this to be so typically American: race, race, race, race, RACE! To top it all off I find this quote from Govenor Rendell of PA. :
HARRISBURG – Gov. Rendell, one of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s most visible supporters, said some white Pennsylvanians are likely to vote against her rival Barack Obama because he is black.

“You’ve got conservative whites here, and I think there are some whites who are probably not ready to vote for an African American candidate,”Rendell told the editorial board of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in remarks that appeared in yesterday’s paper.

To buttress his point, Rendell cited his 2006 reelection campaign, in which he defeated Republican challenger Lynn Swann, the former Pittsburgh Steelers star, by a margin of more than 60 percent to less than 40 percent.

“I believe, looking at the returns in my election, that had Lynn Swann been the identical candidate that he was – well-spoken, charismatic, good-looking – but white instead of black, instead of winning by 22 points, I would have won by 17 or so,” he said. “And that [attitude] exists. But on the other hand, that is counterbalanced by Obama’s ability to bring new voters into the electoral pool.”

Rendell endorsed Clinton on Jan. 23.

Pennsylvania holds its primary April 22.

Later yesterday, Rendell’s spokesman said the governor did not mean to offend anyone.

“He was simply making an observation about the unfortunate nature of some parts of American society,” spokesman Chuck Ardo said. “He wasn’t being critical, he wasn’t making accusations, but just being realistic.”

If we are going to point the “race finger” lets be honest with ourselves.

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~ by rimofheaven on February 15, 2008.

2 Responses to “Race is a Two Way Street.”

  1. […] rimofheaven wrote a fantastic post today on “Race is a Two Way Street.”Here’s ONLY a quick extractTo buttress his point, Rendell cited his 2006 reelection campaign, in which he defeated Republican challenger Lynn Swann, the former Pittsburgh Steelers star, by a margin of more than 60 percent to less than 40 percent. … […]

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  2. […] unknown wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerpt I wanted to blog this quote I found in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Lately, as I listen to the radio in search of some objective news reporting, more and more I detect racial undertones coming from the professionals who are paid to be – professional. Senator Obama competed fair and square for every vote in the Potomac, but because Hillary Clinton has found that she will not walk along a red carpet into the democratic nomination, but will instead have to actually compete for this honor, we have to rationalize this phenomena somehow by pointing the finger at race. To suggest that the majority of African-American voters collectively chose Obama simply for the color of his skin speaks volumes of just how far we as a nation have failed to come since the sixties. In taking this stance we do two things. One: We say that we believe that African-Americans do not look at the issues, or consider the larger picture when choosing a candidate. Forget the last 200 hundered years […] […]

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