June 8, 2008


Where Whites Draw the Line (MARCUS MABRY, 6/08/08, NY Times)

[Orlando] Patterson said research consistently showed that roughly one in five whites continues to hold racist views. Indeed, a poll by the Pew Research Center in March found that 20 percent of white Democrats over the age of 44 found interracial dating unacceptable; only 3 percent of white Democrats under 44 felt that way.

Mr. Buchanan said Mr. Obama’s monolithic support among blacks was likely to stoke such white animosity.

“There’s a sense among some folks that if African-Americans are voting 90 percent for ‘one of us;’ then you’re going to vote for ‘one of us,’ ” he said.

...after Senator Obama gets almost 40% of the white vote and Maverick gets less than 10% of the black, which of us is racist?

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 8, 2008 7:26 AM

Surely you're not suggesting that Hillary would have drawn 90% of the black votes had she, not Obama, been of mixed race. That would mean a large bloc of voters in this country can be swayed entirely on the basis of skin color.

Posted by: curt at June 8, 2008 9:39 AM

The twenty years spent on the South Side and in that church was just the way The Messiah Obama (pbuh) was establishing the Blackness of someone with absolutely no connection to anything remotely resembling "Black History" in this country. It turned out to be a smart move if that 90% (and a large portion of that 40%) helps get him elected.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at June 8, 2008 12:46 PM

Yes, race moves votes.

Posted by: oj at June 8, 2008 1:05 PM

The great irony about the race issue is that Obama wedged it everywhere after he won Iowa, and it really gave him diminishing returns as the primary season wore on. Absent his win in NC, it didn't help him that much. And if he loses in November, the media will indict the majority who voted against him as racist bigoted drooling monsters. BUT he got exactly the demographics he wanted to grab the nomination - so how can he complain about the line-up in the general?

The first black President will be a Republican, and he will undoubtedly be smeared as a Stepin Fetchit by the enlightened souls on the Upper West Side.

Race is a Democratic hang-up, not a Republican one.

Posted by: jim hamlen at June 8, 2008 3:38 PM

He could only win the nomination by being the candidate of blacks and activists.

Posted by: oj at June 8, 2008 6:46 PM