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Friday, January 11, 2008

Will South Carolina Black Women Support Crying Hillary Clinton?

I never played with dolls, I've always played with trucks. But my sister had dolls. She had Black dolls and White dolls. Her favorite was the black doll. My siblings all had strong self esteem, I guess that comes from my Barbados roots. You know you can learn a lot about people from the dolls they play with as kids. I remember an article about Dolls and Race in America.
I feel in many ways the black doll and white doll have a lot to do with politics today, particularly in the 2008 Presidential Race.

Now for me, the question is, will South Carolina Black Women choose the crying white doll against the black doll that looks like them? Will South Carolina Black Women continue to believe that the black doll is bad and the white doll in good, like the kids above? Is the article noted below representative of the thinking of black women in South Carolina? WTF is wrong with my sisters in South Carolina? Or is it just the Associated Press just starting trouble?

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — In beauty shops, churches and living rooms, organizers for Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton are in a fierce competition for the support of black voters in the upcoming first-in-the-South presidential primary.

Obama's campaign is counting on blacks who traditionally make up half of the Democratic primary voters here to deliver the state to him on Jan. 26, a victory that he hopes will help fuel momentum going into the "Mega Tuesday" voting in 22 states 10 days later. But he'll have to fend off Clinton, who comes with one of the most beloved political surnames in the black community.

The outreach is especially targeted at black women, who are reliable voters and who both campaigns recognize may feel loyalties to each candidate. And so far women have made the difference in the campaign — Obama won a majority of women in Iowa and took the state, while Clinton took most women and most votes overall in New Hampshire.

Juanita Edwards is one such voter. She came to see both candidates when they campaigned near her hometown of Simpsonville and still feels torn about which to vote for. Edwards said she's leaning toward Clinton because she likes that she had exposure to international affairs and health care during her time as first lady. But race and gender are on her mind too.

"I definitely respect the opportunity to vote for the first woman president and the first African-American president," she said. "If I have to lean toward one, I always lean toward a strong, intelligent woman." More HERE

Check out a interesting discussion HERE

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