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Political musings from Warren E. Peterson

Obama, End of American Racism?

Posted by Warren Peterson on June 17, 2008

There has been a spate of articles lately about prominent African-American Republicans considering voting for Obama. Colin Powell, talk show host Armstrong Williams and former Congressman and Fox News analyst J. C. Watts have all been quoted as saying they may vote for Obama. Their hope is Obama’s nomination and election will put the final nail in the coffin of American racism.

Perhaps they believe the benefit of this victory over racism trumps the damage Obama could do to the nation by his embrace of left wing views. Consider his naïve approach to military and foreign policy, his anti NAFTA position in the face of a global economy, his advocacy of 1960s style policies that would increase the size and scope of government and the appointment of liberal judges. At least for Republicans and conservatives, Obama’s worldview coupled with a Nancy Pelosi/Harry Reid led House and Senate is the antithesis of what America needs in 2008 and beyond.

We can have it both ways. Honor the historical milestone of Obama’s nomination for President of the United States of America but defeat him on the issues. That truly would signify the end of American racism.

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2 Responses to “Obama, End of American Racism?”

  1. kotzabasis said

    Warren, your last paragraph describes perfectly and laconically what would be the honorable and wise thing for America to do in these dangerous times.

  2. Had Obama resisted using the label of black for political advantage, he could have led by virtue of his person–being multiracial (i.e., beyond the black and white dichotomy).
    See: http://euandus3.wordpress.com/2010/07/29/1034/

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