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It just highlights what black people have to encounter each day. Its amazing to me how they can link Barack to his pastors rantings and make a really big deal out of it, but don't say anything about Hillary's pastor who got convicted of child molestation.
It tells us that our culture is divided. It is sad to me that African Americans will support a White female over a African American male! I have a few female friends who shared with me that were supporting Hillary because she is a women and can relate to their issues. This made no sense to me because as an African American female I feel that Obama can better relate to my concerns/issues as an African American male who is married to an African American female!
As for today, the struggle still continues. I was very disheartened on last Monday when I walked into my office and one of my managers who I see every day and over 80% of her team is African American and she had changed her coffee mug from Hillary to McCain. She was willing to change the party of her choice and her family’s heritage than to support and African American for president, even though he stands for every thing she stands for. This campaign season has shown me a lot about African American’s as well. I was very disappointed with some of our top leaders in the country would not support one of their own after looking back over their shoulders and remembering the blood shed not only from the civil rights movement of the 50-70’s but the death of James Byrd as well. I find it hard to understand how they can embrace black history month but when they had a chance to add a chapter in the history books that would forever change not only black history but history as a whole, they supported the opposing candidate.
That there is hope and we have made progress.
Maybe your co-worker had another reason for supporting McCain. Some people I have spoken with are concerned that Obama does not have enough experience. Do you feel that could be a ligitimate reason for the change?
I liked the PBS show that brought out the fact that the new generation has been brought up studying fairness and justice, and that we're seeing a revolution. I thought of my granddaughters, college graduates, late 20s and early 30s and it brought that thought home. They want fairness in their dealings. We're all for Obama (I've been his strongest supporter since his speech on the nomination of Kerry, I think.
I think this campaign will change the way America talks about race. No matter who wins I think talking about racism will become taboo. Its still a very pertinent issue that America is too willing to ignore in the name of progress.
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