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Presidential Race or War of the Races?
By: Donna Worthy

That being said I think it is wonderful that double or even triple the amount of African Americans came out to vote this time. What worries me is that they came out for the wrong reasons. I came across a youtube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyvqhdllXgU in which a member of Howard Sterns staff went to the polls in Harlem to interview African Americans in regards to their choice of who they were voting for in the presidential race. All that were interviewed said Obama. At that point the interviewer replaced Obama’s views with McCains and ask for their opinion on them. For example he said that Obama was for Stem Cell Research and against abortion rights. He then ask the very person who voted for Obama what they thought of those things. They ALL agreed with what he was saying! I almost felt sorry for them because the sounded like total morons.

 

On the flip side of things, I have to wonder if perhaps it was more of a mind trick than anything else. If someone is caught off guard it is very possible that they will say what they think is correct based on what they are being led to believe. I’m sure there are some people who voted for Obama because of his race and for that I’m sure he is gracious. I don’t believe there is one person out here who would say “no thank you, please do not vote for me if you are voting based on my race”. Why should they? A vote is a vote! I do wonder why there were no Caucasian or other races interviewed. In my opinion, that alone tends to make Howard Stern and his show seem a bit racist. Unfortunately, I was unable to find a video of other races being interviewed to compare to this one. I suppose it will be up to each individual to make their own decision. Was this a presidential race or was is a war of the races? Has the line between black and white been erased or has it been drawn in a little darker? One way or the other I pray for our country and its leaders to make the best and most informed decisions possible.

 

 


“Obama for president - he‘s bringing us change”… That is what I hear from the majority of the people I talk to. They say it is time for a change and I agree with them in everyway possible. However, I have to stop and ask myself if it is really about change or is it simply a matter of the African American community wanting to see and black president in office. Before I go any further it’s important for me to clarify that I am a white woman in a biracial marriage and I do support Obama and I did indeed vote for him. I’m one of those “changed souls’ that used to vote and support the republican party whole heartedly. My decision had nothing at all to do with his race. Obama impressed me with his ability to get down to the core issues that America is facing and not only say that he was willing to work on them but give us reasonable and thought out plans for his ideas in the upcoming years.


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