Good News: African-Americans NOT Monolithic
by miker2008, Fri May 02, 2008 at 08:56:43 AM EDT
This article states nicely something that many of us have known all along: African-Americans are not a monolithic group who thinks, feels, and believes everything Obama and Reverend Wright think, feel, and believe.
I've been troubled by the meme that has emerged in this primary (pushed by the MSM and also, I think, by the Obama campaign itself) that all black people are alike and that a disagreement with the values or behaviors of one black person (e.g., Barack Obama) necessarily implies a disagreement with the values of all black people. In addition to injecting an unnecessary amount of tension into the primary campaign, it has struck me as deeply unfair to the African-American community.
Like any other group in America, the black community enjoys a huge diversity of lifestyles and values. There's a big middle class that goes to PTA meetings and ice cream socials, attends college, works in science, industry, law, medicine, education and government, shops at the mall and gives to charity. And quite a large number attend churches where the message truly is hope and joy, not hopelessness and despair.
Another concern I've had about Obama is expressed in this quote:
To many, Gillespie among them, Obama's problem is that he has never made explicit what, beyond symbolism, his election would do for black America. Now, he is rejecting Wright's racial agenda without having clearly articulated his own.
"The whole thing with Barack's campaign is making all the other black leadership be on mute," said Kevin Alexander Gray, an activist and writer in South Carolina. "The idea is that black people should just shut up and accept him as the prize of racial advancement with nothing given in return except him being the president."
Diarist Note: I got this article off realclearpolitics and don't know the history or politics of the writer. So I fully expect there will be commenters who call the guy "conservative wingnut" and don't bother to even read the article. But folks, even a person with a different philosophy can, sometimes, speak truth. In the article he quotes a variety of real people, and that alone is interesting. Give it a try.