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.