I heard him speak for the first time about a week ago. He sounds less white and more black than I had imagined.
(since the previous sentence contains racial stereotypes, imagine it being spoken by Chris Rock)
The whole "black Americans don't think Obama is really black" thing was probably oversold from the outset. It made a good storyline, but I suspect that, like most Americans, many black voters just didn't know much of anything about him.
I don't know why anyone believed that crap to begin with. If African-Americans are presented with a viable African-American candidate, they're going to vote for him. Who wants to tell their kids that they were the Black Naderites for what may be the best chance at a black President in their and maybe their kids lifetimes?
I have to wonder about the relationship between the black political establishment, which was making all the noise about Obama's not being respectful (and black) enough, and black voters. I suspect it's more complex than it appears in (white) journalism.
Who are you, Apo, to speak for the African-American community?!?
I thought a lot of the 'not black enough' noise wasn't so much meant to negatively reflect on Obama -- after all, black voters vote for candidates who aren't black at all without qualms -- as it was griping about the breathless "OMG, he's dreamy and articulate and I am so not racist because I've fallen for an African American candidate" from the mostly white media. Wasn't it more bitching about the reaction to Obama, than meant to comment negatively on Obama?
screw Hillary. variety demands anyone but Hillary or Jeb (ever).
As someone who's known some black people and has a token (Canadian) black commenter on his blog, I can tell you that most of this is just about name recognition, as Brother Apostropher says.
Canadians and illegal immigrants don't vote, Ogged.
illegal immigrants don't vote
Such touching innocence.
But what about the ghost of Luther Vandross?
He's pretty black for an articulate person.
Campaign theme song: "Am I Black Enough for You?" by Schoolly D.
7 -- time for a bath, maybe.