Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Everything Isn't Black & White:

I was looking around the internet at people's reaction to Gen. Colin Powell's endorsement of Democratic Presidential Nominee, Barack Obama, and there was one thing really irritating to me. A lot of criticism toward Powell was that he was only voting for Barack because they share the same ethnicity. The black man will simply vote for the black man, because he is black. Nevermind the 12 minutes Powell spent explaining his endorsement. Forget about all of Obama's credentials. Disregard the white GOP party members who are voting for Obama. No, when Colin Powell casts his vote on Nov. 4th it will be based on race, not validity.

I guess I got pissed because never in the history of America has race ever been an issue when selecting a president. Until now, no one has ever had to say you voted for Candidate A because he was [insert race here]. No one has ever accused a white voter of voting for a white candidate strictly because he's white. It bothers me that when a former Secretary of State under George Bush, who has dedicated his life to this country and the republican party, steps out and says I'm voting for Obama, the reasoning behind it has to be race based.

People are so feeble minded these days it is ridiculous. To even hint that the third most important black Republican behind Condoleeza Rice and Clarence Thomas, would jeopardize his credibility by voting for Obama because they're the same color, is downright disrespectful. Powell didn't make this decision without considering the pros and cons (i.e. McCain's VP pick). I'm not saying there aren't some uninformed voters basing their pick strictly on race, but Colin Powell isn't one of them. Shout out to the General and anybody else of any race, color or creed who is voting for Obama because he's qualified, not because he's brown-skinned.



1 comment:

  1. The answer to the questions re: voting for Barack cause he's black..
    A white man asked his black friend, 'Are you voting for Barack Obama
    > just because he's black?'
    > The black man responded by saying, 'Why not? Hell, in this country men
    > are pulled over everyday just cause they're black; passed over for
    > promotions just cause they're black; considered to be criminals just
    > cause they're black; and there are going to be thousands of you who
    > won't be voting for him just because he's black! However, you do not
    > seem to have a problem with that! This country was built with the sweat
    > and whip off the black slaves' back, and now a descendent of those same
    > slaves has a chance to lead the same country, where we weren't even
    > considered to be people, where we weren't allowed to be educated, drink
    > from the same water fountains, eat in the same restaurants, or even
    > vote. So yes! I'm going to vote for him! But it's not just because he's
    > black, but because he is hope, he is change, and he now allows me to
    > understand when my grandson says that he wants to be president when he
    > grows up, it is not a fairy tale but a short term goal. He now sees,
    > understands and knows that he can achieve, withstand and do ANYTHING
    > just because he's black!'