05 August 2008

Race and Politics

I've puzzled some of my friends by saying Barack Obama's candidacy is a good thing. I wish the republican party had been first to nominate a candidate of color... a Michael Steele for instance. But Michael hit a political speedbump in his attempt to become Governor of Maryland. We haven't heard the last of him. (Maybe he can be our second black President, after Bill Clinton?)

But consider what BHO's nomination has already done...
It has forced us to openly discuss Race...
What is and is not racist...
Where Black leadership has gotten us, (or NOT gotten us)...
How affirmative action has hurt Black folk. (Do you want to hire a man that has been able to drive from the Women's Tee?)
There's more I'm not thinking of, and there will be more open discussion in the future. How can that NOT be healthy?

Barack Obama is being vilified by some. Those who come here regularly know he scares the puddin' out of me because of his Marxist/Socialist leanings. This is not to say I think he's a bad guy... I just think his ideas will lead to more "hitting from the women's tee", at a time when America needs to push harder and be more competitive.

But have you noticed? Even though we have an attractive, intelligent, articulate man of color carrying the banner for the democrat party, this country of "freedom of speech" has folks of color speaking what they consider the truth, taking an opposing position to this democrat nominee.

I stopped by here for a few minutes and liked what I saw. Click the "About" link and see for yourself if "RattlerGator" doesn't give you a more positive outlook about our political future!

2 comments:

Paul said...

I look for the Republicans to follow the Democrats lead and put a "man of color" in the White House at some point. Hey, they are politicians. :-)

cary said...

Good post - and thanks for pointing out RG - I've added him to my blogroll, while cleaning out a few non-producers.