The Race Factor

Meanwhile back at the Justice League…

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) suggested over the weekend that race was a factor in Roland Burris being seated by the U.S. Senate. (Source)

Well Duh. Didn’t I already say this two months ago? I was originally crafted so that it would include or at least have the elements of race could be argued one way or the other by Former Gov. Blagojevich. I even gave him credit for his shrewdness of the move. That’s what Rod Blagojevich was banking on, but of course he wouldn’t say it or admit it. What politician worth the seat he/she is seated would?

The Problem

The fact that there is only one (1) Black Senator is embarrassing and telling enough. It’s embarrassing because it highlights the overwhelming opposition towards diversity in the U.S. Senate. How many Black, Latino, Asian, and Native American & Women do you have in the U.S. Senate?

I’ll help you answer that question, but I will broaden that beyond the current Senate to the history of the Senate. Don’t worry it’s a quick read.

This story is not confined to one political party either, but all of them have done a poor job of attracting Non-White Male Senate candidates. They all are worried either about the next election, how many votes they will have in Congress or the racial make-up of the congressional district the senate seat would represent.

The Question

We keep hearing the same ole tired argument that a “White Person will not vote for a Black Candidate”. Just think about that for a minute. If everyone else has had no problem voting for a White Male regardless of political party, why do you think Whites will have problems voting for someone who isn’t White?

If this is true, one would have to assume that the ‘colorblind’ argument we often hear is disingenuous at the core of its substance. You also would have to conclude that your assumptions are discriminatory, because it precludes that a race of people are bound to an ideology that ties their political interests to their racial interests which is the opposite of being colorblind.

This is not uncommon, but often few are willing to say what they do in order to get you to do what they say.

Roland Burris is Black

A few months ago Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) brought the fact of race into the public discussion when he made his comments that were reported on by the media and sited in previous posts on this blog about this subject.

Roland Burris is Black. I don’t think there was much confusion over this fact. Anyone with eyesight could determine his race. What differences does it make in whether he’s qualified or not and why should it be a factor in his qualifications as Senator?

Every Brother Ain’t a Brother Cause of Color

This is basically the answer to the previous question. The reason why race is often mentioned to subliminally signal whether you can trust this person or not depending on which line you sit on.

Many Black Republicans are instantly demonized among Black people because of their political affiliation. I being a Black Democrat have actually found myself defending my political play cousins from other Democrats. Do I always agree with them politically? NO. The times we are in agreement, is it because of race? NO. The thing that many people don’t understand is that although we may share similar heritages it doesn’t mean that we as a people are the same. This goes for any race of people. All White people are not like what you see on TV, nor are Blacks, Latinos, Asians and Native Americans.

Senate Conclusion

The U.S. Senate has long been desegregated, but how long will it take for its overwhelming psyche to desegregate.

The United States is not just a collection of White People, Black People, Brown People & Yellow people, but it’s a collection of People. A people diverse in our opinions, culture and hues of pigmentation.

We often hear the genuine sentiment of the words ‘post-racial’ or even ‘colorblind’, but fail to own up to what’s disingenuous about the expressions. There’s nothing wrong with being who you are and being honoring your heritage or culture as long as you can do the same for all.

Race is a fact of life. Some may not be reminded daily that they are who they are whether directly, indirectly or subliminal, but we see color. Recognize it, Respect it, Embrace it and move on.

References & Inspirations
U.S. Senate “Women in the Senate
U.S. Senate “Ethnic Diversity in the Senate
CBS News – 03/02/09 “Durban: Race a Factor in Burris Being Seated
UPI – 03/02/09 “Senate Considered Burris’ Race
Associated Press – 03/01/09 “Burris Says He’s Working Hard to Represent IL
WBBM News Radio 780 – 03/02/09 “Gov. Quinn Defends Himself vs. African-American Criticism

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5 thoughts on “The Race Factor

  1. “We keep hearing the same ole tired argument that a “White Person will not vote for a Black Candidate”. Just think about that for a minute.”

    Spot on, my friend.

    The proof is obvious. While the effort to bring Obama to power was an everybody kinda thing, I think it safe to assume, given the voter demographics in the US, that a majority of those who cast votes for Obama were in fact white.

    So, yes we will vote for a black American or any other American who is going to do the right things on behalf of the people. That’s what we did and that’s why we did it.

    The people in power and big corporate interests on their knees. That’s America and we have it back.

    1. Thanks for the comment. It’s just a myth for anyone to believe one group are so unsophisticated as voters that they will blindly vote for someone based on race. Now we have seen this, but many want you to believe that it’s one sided. I think this is absolutely ridiculous and I want to force people to think about what they’re doing.

      There’s another post coming soon that expands this subject further.

  2. I mirror captainkona’s thoughts. Personally, to me, I look for the best candidate … not gender, not race, not political party (well, at least I try with this one).

    What still gets me is that people still exist that that crap does matter. How many of the anti-Obama people are really because of race, although the site other reasons. Sad … very sad.

    The good news we’re a people in the country that is built on diversity … in contrast to Europe which has a long history of building on a culture and fighting for a culture.

    Thanks Tim!

  3. Hi Tim,

    Another interesting/thought-provoking post (but what’s new). Considering that you are a bright and an articulate person, what better person to create and build an organization across the US that promotes minority candidates in their Senate aspirations. You are a fairminded person on matters of race, so once that has been defined as a non-issue with any candidates that your organization chooses to support, the next challenges would be fund-raising and marketing schemes. Please let me know if you decide to pursue something like this, which can be a tall-order due to time commitment and traveling etc., let me know where I may send funds towards that endeavor. It’s way past time that the US Senate reflects the people of the country and not one specific group. Have a good week sir.

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