September 14, 2008

VOTE OBAMA, OR ELSE, MOFO!:

The Big 'What If': The hopes of black America ride on his shoulders. But the outcome's way up in the air. (Randall Kennedy, September 14, 2008, Washington Post)

The senator's progressive politics, cosmopolitan ethos and pragmatic style have turned me into an enthusiastic supporter, and I savor the prospect of his triumph. But I'm watching this election very closely as I teach a course about it this semester. And I know that the conclusion to this electoral drama is far from determined. Yes, political gravity would seem to favor the Democratic candidate after two terms of Republican control of the White House. Yet the possibility is very real: Barack Obama could lose.

If that happens, then what? How will I feel? How will other black Americans feel? How should people like me feel? [...]

I anticipate that most black Americans will believe that an Obama defeat will have stemmed in substantial part from a prejudice that robbed 40 million Americans of the chance to become president on the day they were born black. They will of course understand that race wasn't the only significant variable -- that party affiliation, ideological proclivities, strategic choices and dumb luck also mattered. But deep in their bones, they will believe -- and probably rightly -- that race was a key element, that had the racial shoe been on the other foot -- had John McCain been black and Obama white -- the result would have been different.

This conclusion will be accompanied by bitter disappointment, and in some quarters, stark rage.


Nevermind that no white person who was defined by his "progressive politics, cosmopolitan ethos and pragmatic style" would stand a snowball's chance in Hades of being elected President of the United States, does Mr. Kennedy really think threatening the crackers will help his candidate?


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Posted by Orrin Judd at September 14, 2008 6:01 PM
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