—Continued Post (Part 2)
You must keep in mind that although I’m Black, I am absolutely not a Republican. But I can understand the questions, dilemmas or inner-struggle many Black Republicans may face during this election.
Nobody wants to say it, but everyone is secretly looking at them like the pink elephant in the room. (Yes, I know it’s a Bad Pun. Please Forgive Me.)
I believe many Black Democrats would have the same dilemma if the GOP ever had a Black nominee. I personally see some Black Republicans that I believe would be outstanding Presidential Candidates. Far too often they are ignored and pushed aside by the extremist members of their own party. Black Democrats has a similar struggle, although not as difficult as Black Republicans have it.
The fact that Barack Obama is Black and is the Democratic Nominee for President with a very good chance of winning raises an interesting question to Black people included those who are Republicans.
Should I vote as a Republican or as a Black person?
Is it about race or is it about party affiliation?
Or is it about voting for who I believe is the best person without having everyone critique or make false assumptions about me if I choose to support Barack Obama.
What I believe that many Whites who are Republicans and some Democrats are missing when it comes to Black people voting for or against Barack Obama is this.
Many Black people regardless of Party clearly understand and can testify to some level of subjection to the negative racial attitudes in this country towards them. When they go into the voting booth, they go in with a history that many White Republicans and Democrats did not have to fight and die for. Many Black Republicans and Democrats continue to fight against the negative assumptions against them. Most Blacks see Barack Obama and this time in American history as a moment of truth.
When the story is told years from now, what part of history will you be on?
What will I tell my grandchildren when they ask me how I voted?
I don’t expect anyone who isn’t Black to fully understand the meaning of what I’m saying here. But we all must be honest with ourselves.
You may vote for John McCain for whatever the reason. That’s your right and I have no issues with that.
For many Blacks, Barack Obama represents something that is quietly understood that many people can not fully understand and is difficult for Blacks to adequately explain. What you’re reading is a good example of that.
Making comments that Black people are only voting for Barack because of his race is a big mistake and warn that you not to continually say that out loud. It’s like Black people suggesting that you are voting or voted for a candidate because he or she is White. I’m sure you wouldn’t admit to doing something like that. We’re “color blind” right?
Black Republicans will vote for whomever they deemed best suitable for the office. I believe they are smart enough to do what they know is right. So leave them alone.
I would absolutely love to a Presidential race with a Black Democrat & Republican nominee. That would be something. Perhaps my man J.C. Watts or Michael Steele can start thinking about that in 2012 (hint hint)
- Steele vs. Obama
- J.C. Watts vs. Harold Ford
- Colin Powell vs. Cory Booker
- You vs Me
I wouldn’t know what to do with myself. Since I like all of these guys. My only solution would be to get into the race myself so I can vote for myself.
The source of my inspiration for this subject comes from the following:
- Politico.com “Letter to the Editor” on 5/27/08
- Politico.com “GOP fails to recruit minorities” on 5/19/08
- USA Today “Black Republicans consider voting for Obama” on 6/15/08
- Dallas News “Black Republicans feeling twinges of Obamamania” 2/26/08
- Seattle Times “Obama a dilemma for Blacks in GOP” 5/15/08
- The Observer “Republicans fear Obama victory after polls shock” 5/18/08
- San Francisco Chronicle “Why some conservatives are backing Obama“ 7/7/08
- AP/Yahoo! News “Black conservatives conflicted on Obama campaign” 6/14/08
- Republicans for Obama “Black Republicans’ Dilemma” 07/25/08