Middle class blacks are not going to vote for Clinton
by futurebird, Tue Mar 25, 2008 at 07:09:04 AM EDT
Using racial fears to win
...is supporting systemic racism. Having this issue in the news so much, has an impact on people's lives. I'm a black person who spends most of her time with white people-- there is tension and I feel second guessed. I invited a friend to my church for Easter and they turned me down, I think they were scared it'd be like Wright's church or something-- Not that Wright's church is really "scary" --I'd go there, but some white people think it's scary. And that is simply NOT TRUE.
If Hillary wins this way I don't think there is anything she can do to "make up for it" --Black people are speaking out about the relentless smearing, but white people, won't trust the message unless they hear it from white people too.
Clinton could have stopped all of this and made the issue go away-- she could have won some of the progressive vote for doing it too. She could have been so NOBEL and amazing. Just think about the message it could have sent to the country!
But, she'd rather play up race fears and get votes from poor scared white folks-- who are also suffering in their own way, and who have been played in election after election to vote based on fear for things that don't even help them. Clinton will be better for them than McCain, I guess, but why should I go out and vote for her when she just left us all hanging there --and pretended that the issues didn't matter? Why do I work so hard to help poor white people, by promoting Democrats who have no respect for me or my culture?
I'm rich enough that if I voted for my own interest I should probably vote for a Republican anyway. But, I try not be cynical and self-serving, I try to support Democrats, and the "greater good" but what I've witnessed with the way Rev. Wright was SMEARED, and the way the black church has been SMEARD is making it really really really hard for me to do that.
Let me tell you a few things:
1. Poor black people don't vote that much.
2. The middle class, and upper middle class blacks vote a lot.
Now, I can overcome my anger at Hillary and vote for her if she wins because it'll be the 'lesser of two evils,' and I do care about my country-- and I care about poor people of all colors, but I think in the black community it's mostly a few young, more progressive, people who will do this. People like my parents and other middle class blacks are not going to vote for her. It's over. My father will vote for McCain, my mother will stay home, or leave it blank, my older brother is going to vote for Nader ... again. In general, middle class black people are caring less and less about the things Democrats do for 'the poor.' It's not about welfare or even Katrina for these folks. It's about being respected as a human being and not having to put up with people who mock your culture the way that Rev. Wright has been mocked. That's why so much of the black community still supported Clinton even after he cut welfare. Middle class blacks don't care about welfare that much! Clinton earned points for putting his office in Harlem and for respecting community leaders inculding Rev. Wright.
That's why Clinton, if she wins, can't win back middle class blacks just by "being progressive" and sponsoring things like healthcare. I don't know if people "get" this.