"Imagine if Ron Paul announced a national campaign called ‘Whites for Ron Paul’ – he’d be vilified as a racist. And yet Barack Obama has done the equivalent of precisely that with his launch of ‘African Americans for Obama’."
Creating a campaign targeting a racial group based on their race and nothing else as a basis for voting is unspeakably racist. I can't believe more people aren't shocked by this.
Actually mocktwinkie, I'm rather shocked by you. I'm wondering if you didn't watch the video, or maybe you don't understand the black community - I'm not sure. But let me explain.
If Ron Paul started or highly supported a "White Americans for Ron Paul" campaign I would think it was most likely racist, in the derogatory sense. Why? Because historically groups who target the white community are doing so as a way of excluding the minorities without any other motive.
In the case of Barrack Obama starting or supporting this organization "African Americans for Obama" - we have a completely different background and motive. The black community has had to overcome great adversity from slavery to the KKK and Jim Crowe laws and segregation and constant ignorance by small minded people even today. Things have gotten a lot better but there is still racism against the black community and there is still a great deal of community self confidence that needs to be gained after so many decades of oppression. This organization is about building up those people. It's about continueing to step forward into the future. It's about seeing that YES finally, you really can be anything that you want to be. Even the goddam President of the United States. It's about feeling pride in yourself - not at the detriment of anyone else - but just for yourself. You cannot compare this to a theoretical "White Ameircans for Ron Paul", they are apples and oranges.
So yes, if you take a second to actually think about it - this is NOT racist in so much that it is not trying to bring down any other race.
Let me ask you - if we finally got our first gay President - and they started a group "Gays for President *insert name* - would you feel the same way? There is no difference.