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    Friday, April 25, 2008

    Written by John Walker

    John Walker is a previous guest writer, who penned Did Latinos Betray Blacks? The conversation got hot-hot-hot and while I didn’t agree with everything that was written, I thought it was an interesting point of view.

    The same goes for Walker’s latest piece. I believe that Senator Barack Obama can win the general election and he has won more Democratic states than Senator Hillary Clinton. When it comes to states like New York, New Jersey and California -- if Nat Turner's ghost were running for the presidency he would snatch those states, which will never go Republican. Nonetheless, I think Walker poses some great points that I haven’t considered.
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    "About one in five Pennsylvania voters said the race of the candidates was among the top factors in deciding how to vote, according to exit polls, and white voters who cited race supported Clinton over Obama by a 3-to-1 margin."

    The quote above references white Democrats, who said race was a factor for them, in northern Pennsylvania. My question is… what in the world makes Negroes believe these white voters who are admittedly voting based on race won't jump ship and vote for John McCain? Obama's not winning most of the Democratic states and appealing to Democratic white voters in Republican states ain't worth a damn in the general election.

    I love the brother's campaign and I believe he's America's best chance for change. However, for all you Negroes celebrating the Obama campaign like it's Juneteenth—you got another thing coming! This campaign is proving one thing for sure—half black equals black in 2008.

    Am I saying that Obama can't win the general election because he's black? Yes! You say, “Then aren't you agreeing with Hillary Clinton that of the two only she is electable?” Yes! But, do I support her? Hell no! The Clintons decided to blacken Obama up just for a win, insuring that he's unelectable in the fall. Does that sound like something the “first black president” (Thanks Toni Morrison!), Bill Clinton, would do to another brother?

    Obama almost made many white folks forget about color (although I suspect they would've remembered come November), but the Clintons exercised every tactic so America would remember and embrace racial prejudice by raising the specter of an unpatriotic, ill-equipped Negro running the country. The Clintons are betting that if they make it to November their n**gers will have no choice, but to vote for them.

    If Obama losses the Democratic nomination then we, as black people, should stay home and let whites do what they want. Black people need to stop hoping, watching and waiting for a change in white America. The truth is that most blacks didn't get excited about Obama until he won Iowa, proving he could attract some white voters. By attracting white support Obama represented the epitome of black ascendancy, the notion that "we have arrived". Progress for blacks has primarily come from self-determined struggle, not ascendancy driven by white endowment (although it has played a role).

    The way black Americans broke segregation was when black domestics decided to walk instead of ride the bus for 18 long months or the way my aunt went to college because one black educator sent a note to another requesting her admission. Black Americans have achieved great strides by turning inward and doing for self. Any aide that has come from progressive whites is and has always been welcome, but hopes and dreams should never begin and end there. Senator Obama's campaign is a groundbreaking litmus test for white America; and we shouldn't stand around waiting on the results, hoping there is a reservoir of good white folks to help us achieve are greatest goal—to have the first black president.

    John Walker is a guest writer for ClayCane.net. This is an opinion piece and does not necessarily reflect the views of Clay Cane.

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