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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Race, Color Arousal, Racism, Race Politics, Blacks, Whites and Barack Obama

AAPP: Political Junkie, Ken Rudin has a great post about Barack Obama, America and
A New Emphasis in the 'Race' for President.

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Once again, inflammatory rhetoric from an impassioned minister reaches center stage in a presidential campaign.

Ken is on point when he writes; "It is naive, and in retrospect a bit delusional, to have thought that with the first African-American making a serious bid for president, race would not be an issue. And for all the declarations that Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) "transcended" race — thus, taking race off the table — we really should have known better." He goes on to note, "First of all, we should have known about Geraldine Ferraro — or, perhaps better put — the Geraldine Ferraros of the world, who think that Obama's color is what got him where he is today. And we should have paid more attention to the rhetoric of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, whose long personal relationship with Obama has alarmed whites at a time when the Illinois senator needs to shore up his standing with the white community — while at the same time not alienating his base in the black community."

AAPP: This article is a must read. Here is a link to the full article.

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