I Can Admit When I'm Wrong

     Unlike many of my fellow bloggers, the MSM, and the talking-heads and pundits, I can admit when I am wrong. I have written and believed that whites when in the solitude of the voting booths would not be able to overcome centuries of racial history in America and actually be able to vote for a black man for President. Despite what the pollsters and campaign spokespersons were saying, the biggest question mark going into the primaries of Super Tuesday and beyond was would whites be willing to support Obama in the numbers that they were polling at? The truth be told no one knew the answer to that question and it created a lot of anxiety in the campaigns and in the rest of America. The answer at least among the Democrats in the primaries is a resounding yes.

    In astounding numbers Obama is receiving the votes and support of both white males and white females in states with little or no black populations. I also questioned Obama's support among blacks and now they are voting for him in large majorities helping him to carry many southern states and giving him the lead in polls for the border states. I don't know what happened among blacks since the start of the primary season up until now, but there has been a wholesale shift of support from the Clinton brand to Obama. Prior to the primaries, the conventional wisdom was that Hillary and Barack would split the black vote at the worse along a 40-60 split, respectively. Somewhere in this process Obama has secured the black vote and eased the fears and questions many blacks had about him. I don't know if they were actually questions about Obama or if it was more questions about America's ability to vote for and support a black candidate. I think that as the electability question of Obama became less of an issue a lot of blacks who were afraid to support Obama began to jump on the bandwagon.

    This is one of the few times in my life when I can honestly say that I am happy to have been wrong, because it means that the state of America is changing. Don't get me wrong, even if we elect Obama the first black man to be President this will not in and of itself cure the many ills that plague America, but it will be one of those statement moments in history. What are statement moments in history? These are moments in history when the foundations of change are laid, even though the changes may be years or even decades away. These are moments when historians can look back and say this was the beginning of monumental change. The sad thing about change though is that it never works out like we think. Examples of this would be the Emancipation Proclamation, the Voting Rights Act, and Brown vs. Education, though these were foundations that could have ushered in monumental changes they were mitigated by obstacles of intransigence and apathy.

    Regardless of how this election turns out, we are at a watershed moment in America and I am happy to have been here to witness it. I hope Obama goes on to win the nomination for obvious reasons, but also I want to see how the country will react when their next vote will actually put a black man in the White House. What will be the strategy of the Republicans to combat his candidacy? Race, inexperience, drug pushing? I just want to take this moment to congratulate those white Americans who were able to overcome the centuries of propaganda and racist history of America and vote for Obama. While many will minimize this moment and say this is the way it is suppose to be, I have never been confused with how things are suppose to be versus how things are. This election is one of the most difficult in American history, because there are two distinct historical narratives that can be written in one election. We can elect either the first woman or the first black man to be President and both have their appeal to various segments of the population. I have read that what it will come down to is which is more ingrained in the American psyche gender bias or race bias. I think this is too simplistic an approach and ignores the  many other variables that are at play in this election. While it is certainly an issue worthy of discussion and will play itself out in the minds of many voters, if it comes down to a simple male or female question then chances are you won't get pass the white male question in the first place.

    So, on the one hand we have made some progress I just hope we do not accept the false narrative that our mission is accomplished and begin to hang up our banners and ignore the rest of the work that needs to be done. We still have too many of our fellow citizens incarcerated and disenfranchised, we still have to many of our fellow citizens accumulating wealth at the expense of the other hard working Americans, and we still have too many lobbyists and corporations dictating national policy. There are many more miles to go before we sleep America, so let's pat our fellow citizens on the back and get back to work and may be some day we can live in the kind of America where electing a woman or black man for President won't be news. And I won't have to make these stupid apologies.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts. - Daniel Patrick Moynihan

The Disputed Truth

Tags: apology, Barack Obama, Democrats, Election 2008, gender, Hillary Clinton, race (all tags)



Re: I Can Admit When I'm Wrong

So it would have been wrong for whites to support the white candidate based on race but it is alright for blacks to overwhelming support the black candidate based on race?

by musicpvm 2008-02-12 04:29AM | 0 recs
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That would be called racism?

by labor nrrd 2008-02-12 05:45AM | 0 recs
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That was a powerful and candid  diary. I don't think you had much to apologize for. Unlike some cynics, you were just a skeptic but you have been proven wrong while being right at the same time.

In the Obama candidacy, there is something all of us can be proud of.

by Jr1886 2008-02-12 04:31AM | 0 recs
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Obama would make a fine president.  He would get my vote.

by demjim 2008-02-12 05:53AM | 0 recs
by Tennessean 2008-02-12 06:27AM | 0 recs
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I'm sorry, did I miss the boat.  Have we forgotten that the events of this primary have a considerable impact on woman's rights and the state of gender issues in America.  When did race trump gender (if it has)??  When did we forget that in our everyday lives, women are given less respect, credibility, responsibility, and sometimes less pay.  

If we elect a woman as the leader of the free world, it would have a tremendous impact on women all over the world...including those that live in fundamentalist islam nations, or in third world conditions.  A woman leader brings a sense of confidence and hope to more than 50% of the people in this planet.  I cannot overlook that.

Obama is a fine enough politician.  In fact, he is amazingly similar to the Clintons in many respects.  But I cannot see justification in electing a very green, inexperienced black man, for the sake of progress, over a brilliant, tremendously experienced and capable white woman, who also equally represents progress in the nation.  

In due time, perhaps 2012, Obama would be worthy of the white house.  But not now.  He clearly has alot to learn.

It is amazing how callous and indifferent we've become to women's issues.  Hillary Clinton represents more progress to me than any other candidate.

by findthesource 2008-02-12 06:51AM | 0 recs
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Your comparison of the plight of women over blacks in this country is a false narrative. While granted women have had a tough time, I find it insulting that you would characterize the plight of the mistress of the house with the slave.

by Forgiven 2008-02-12 08:18AM | 0 recs
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I see.  I didn't mean to make an unfair comparison.  I see how arguments can be made about whose plight is worse.  Perhaps I should avoid that all together because the arguments can go back and forth ad nauseum.

Was Obama's family ever slaves??  I thought his background was Kenyan.  

In any event, I feel BOTH racism and sexism are equal issues to be noted in this country.  However, if we can be proud of where this country has come in terms of race relations, why not do the same in terms of the advancements of women.  We can easily be proud in both areas.

by findthesource 2008-02-12 08:27AM | 0 recs
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I completely agree. After almost 400 years of white male domination we can both use a break.

by Forgiven 2008-02-12 09:26AM | 0 recs
Don't know what happened....

"I don't know what happened among blacks since the start of the primary season up until now, but there has been a wholesale shift of support from the Clinton brand to Obama."

Many of us black folks didn't appreciate the attempt to paint an accomplished black man as a drug dealing muslim who was shucking and jiving his way through a campaign no better than Jesse Jackson. We don't appreciate that HRC and BJC have said that our only thoughts are about race. How did Al Sharpton do it 2004?

by illlaw1 2008-02-12 09:49AM | 0 recs


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