Clay Cane is a New York City-based writer who is recognized for his contributions in journalism. Clay is a regular contributor for various print and online publications such as The Advocate and BET.com. He is the author of the highly anticipated novel Ball-Shaped World, which is a fictionalized account of the black and Latino ballroom scene. Also, he is the Entertainment Editor at BET.com and a member of New York Film Critics Online. He can be reached at claycane@gmail.com.


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    Monday, April 14, 2008

    Let me specify this list, the stupidest reasons I've heard from black folks on why to not vote for Senator Barack Obama.

    At this point, I wonder if blacks who are still supporting Senator Hillary Clinton are grappling with some self-hate. Obama is ahead in nearly every sector of the race—but you still vote for Clinton? Here are the stupidest reasons I’ve heard...

    Whites won't vote for Obama! -- Utah, Washington, Iowa, Connecticut... I mean, really? Are you paying attention? Clinton isn't exactly snatching the white vote -- she lost the white vote in California, Virginia and other states.

    Obama ain't full black! -- No one is full black! Don't you fret, good ole' white folks obviously see him as nig'ra in this election. All of the race-baiting and saying he belongs to an anti-white church should let black folks know he will never be a half and half slash.

    Big Missy Clinton has more experience! -- How does being First Lady for eight years suddenly give her experience? If that is the case then Nancy Reagan and Laura Bush could run for president. Clinton has only been in the Senate slightly longer than Obama. Cut out Clinton's First Lady experience, which she obviously has delusions of Bosnia grande, and she is basically at equal playing field with Obama.

    Obama hasn't won any big states! -- I'm assuming big states means the top ten states in the Nation, Obama was won three big states: Georgia (#9), Illinois (#5) and don't you forget Texas (#2). Yes, Texas, because Texas was a combination (NOT two different elections) of a primary and a caucus, which resulted in Obama winning more delegates and, therefore, winning the state. North Carolina (#10) will more than likely go to Obama. So, winning three big states (soon to be four with North Carolina) is not losing big states, especially when Big Missy Clinton has also won three: California (#1), Ohio (#7) and New York (#3) -- they've both won the same amount of "big" states. Does anyone see the pop, dip and spin?

    The Clintons did so much for black folks! -- Get your mind out of the fields! Sure, President Bill Clinton apologized for slavery, ate fried chicken and had Maya Angelou read a poem at his inauguration. However, those are all gestures, but what did the Clinton dynasty really do for blacks? The welfare reform act pulverized many urban neighborhoods, Clinton bombed on the prison industry and don't forget how Jocelyn Elders and Lani Guinier were savagely thrown under the Clinton bus (along with the gays: DOMA, Don't Ask, Don't Tell, etc.). Don't let a few crumbs from Bill's overflowing plate confuse you.

    Obama will get assassinated! -- Negro, this is not Jim Crow and Obama is no Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his later years. Why do I say later years? The reasons King were assassinated wasn't because of his views on race, but it was because of his more radical views on the Vietnam War and poverty. King was a threat; Obama is the most non-threatening black man since Wayne Brady. Furthermore, is that a reason for a black person to not move forward because of fear of being assassinated? If that is the case we would've never had black governors, senators, or black people holding any type of political office. Not voting for Obama because you think he will be killed is the most docile stance I've ever heard. Fear should not be a reason to not vote for the most viable candidate—that is exactly what racists want blacks to do, act out of fear. Imagine if the Little Rock Nine didn’t go to school out of fear? Also, Reagen had an assassination attempt, Lincoln and Kennedy were both assassinated -- why doesn't anyone ever mention the possibility of Senator Clinton being assassinated? Don't fall victim to cheap scare tactics.

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