Barack Obama: Model for Black Politicians

  • conservativej...

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    Dec 03, 2010 7:05 PM GMT

    On November 12, 2010 Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond called a group of reporters together so he could tell them what he saw in the results of the November 2, 2010 election, in which he ran against Senator Johnnie Isakson for the U.S. Senate. Michael performed a read of the tea leaves if you will.

    Many, me included, feel Michael has performed well in his role as state Labor Commissioner. Many of us also see -- it is even apparent in casual conversation when black politicians are mentioned -- that the model or paradigm for the African-American politician is Barack Obama. Some in the African-American community have voiced -- in private -- that perhaps Barack Obama was not an individual whom the model for black politicians should have been cast.

    Today, if you are a member of the Georgia Legislature and white, who've most likely left the Democratic Party and joined the ranks of the Republicans. In the weeks since the November 2, 2010 election, several long seated house and senate members have fled from the party. In Georgia, the Democratic Party is the African-American and Latino party.

    This is sad, but this is what Michael said in the November 12th interview:

    "Bottom line: We need more white folks," Thurmond told a handful of reporters called to meet with him at an Atlanta restaurant. (AJC.COM)

    In 2008 Barack Obama was a phenomenal success. He was the hope for many people of all races. Today, after many have had time and direct first-hand experience with Mr. Obama's political machine as ensconced in the U.S. Congress for a few more weeks, they become both realists and pragmatists.

    In the AJC article from where the above comment came was also this tidbit:

    While Thurmond is pushing his party to get whites, Republicans say they're trying for more racial diversity, too. "The Democratic Party is going to have a fight on its hands," said Brian Robinson, spokesman for Gov.-elect Nathan Deal.

    Odd perhaps? I'm sure many on RealJock members can comment on that one. Comment and ask yourself this question however if you are African-American: Could I as an African-American vote for a white presidential candidate if an African-American were also on the ticket?

    Some things change but some things will never change.

    Welcome to the world of Michael Thurmond, the one who is not the African-American paradigm.

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    Dec 04, 2010 12:39 AM GMT
    Being African-American (I do detest that phrase. I am black.), I would vote for a white politician. Hell, I have for years. It is not like there have been more black politicians to come out of the woodwork since Obama got elected.

    If there was a white and a black politician on the same ticket, I would vote for the one that is qualified. I don't live my life all black (meaning live in a predominately black neighborhood, attend an all black church, shop at all of the neighborhood black stores) or select my music because it is what is expected of a black man. So why should I vote just because the person is black?

    If I were voting for mayor of Chicago, there is no way in hell that I would vote for this guy:

  • conservativej...

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    Dec 04, 2010 2:53 AM GMT
    Balljunkie saidBeing African-American (I do detest that phrase. I am black.), I would vote for a white politician. Hell, I have for years. It is not like there have been more black politicians to come out of the woodwork since Obama got elected.

    If there was a white and a black politician on the same ticket, I would vote for the one that is qualified. I don't live my life all black (meaning live in a predominately black neighborhood, attend an all black church, shop at all of the neighborhood black stores) or select my music because it is what is expected of a black man. So why should I vote just because the person is black?

    If I were voting for mayor of Chicago, there is no way in hell that I would vote for this guy:



    So, did you vote for Barack Obama or grandpaw?
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    Dec 04, 2010 2:58 AM GMT
    I voted for Barack. I thought that he was a breath of fresh air. young (meaning new ideas on not quite set in his ways), and I bought into the hype of working across the aisle.

    For eight years, it was yelling back and forth and nothing was getting accomplished. I was annoyed with people's idea of what America is (like this fictional Maybury in middle America), how patriotic somebody was and how it was constantly questioned, and how divided the country had become. I liked and hoped that America would stay the that it was right after 9/11. The country was unified, and acceptance of differences were ignored.

    This is what I thought would happen after Obama was elected. That the country would return to that America. I was wrong. Same ole shit.
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    Dec 04, 2010 3:00 AM GMT
    I thought Obama was mixed race, half white and black. I bit like being a bisexual you belong to neither, as you have your own banner.
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    Dec 04, 2010 9:41 PM GMT
    True_blue_aussie saidI thought Obama was mixed race, half white and black. I bit like being a bisexual you belong to neither, as you have your own banner.


    Interesting point. He identifies as black or African-American on the standard census form.
  • creature

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    Dec 05, 2010 2:46 AM GMT
    I vote for who I believe is the better candidate. I'll also let you know that I am not surprised at all that you raised the question.
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    Dec 05, 2010 3:42 AM GMT
    Nor am I.

    -Doug