Black and not voting for Obama
How tough must that be? Electing a black president (even one with no real connection to the legacy of slavery) has got to be one of the signal events of the long, great struggle to overcome the legacy of slavery and racism. Almost all black Americans will vote for Barack Obama today, and given the place of race in American history, no one would blame those of them who are voting for an African American (using the term in its strictest, Charlize Theron/Dave Matthews sense) simply out of racial solidarity, otherwise generally objectionable.
So, spare a thought for those black Americans who find themselves unable to vote for the first black major-party presidential candidate because of his views. Some might view them as race traitors, but if you can’t see the moral struggle and emotional conflict there, no matter what your party (even—or especially—if you’re a fervent Obaman), you need to examine your conscience and wonder what’s missing.
This occurred to me seeing this eloquent, plain-spoken piece by a poor Haitian-American repelled by Obama’s abortion advocacy:
And of course, I should note that there are the few, the proud, the unconflicted black conservatives. Here’s Zo, rising star of the conservative vlogosphere:
Don’t ask impertinent questions like that jackass Adept Lu.