Recently I had come across a thread regarding the 90% black vote that went to Obama in NC and the question was raised that if this was indicative of
blacks being racist. If they didn't vote for Mrs. Clinton because she is white. Ironically though having been long time Clinton supports their racial
judgment now comes into play. Rather than participate in that thread which seemed to degenerate into personal opinions of blacks and not the original
question raised I thought I'd add my own belief as to why the black voters practically abandoned the Clintons.
Did blacks in North Carolina not vote for Hillary simply because they are racist? Although that would be an overly simplistic answer if true I
personally believe it is not the case. I think the answer is a bit more complicated, and yes, race still remains a factor in it. There are a few
things that need to be kept in mind that I think many claiming racial foul are either ignorant of, or simply have selectively forgotten, and that it
Months earlier HILLARY CLINTON LED OBAMA NATIONALLY AMONG BLACK VOTERS
Poll: Black support helps Clinton extend lead
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Sen. Hillary Clinton's lead over Sen. Barack Obama, her chief rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, is growing among
African-American voters who are registered Democrats, and particularly among black women, a poll said Wednesday. Among black registered Democrats
overall, Clinton had a 57 percent to 33 percent lead over Obama. That's up from 53 percent for Clinton and 36 percent for Obama in a poll carried out
There were many blacks that supported Hillary over Obama. So strong was that support that for a while Obama was 20-30% behind her. She now seems to be
Clinton loses support among black Democrats
Clinton now trails Barack Obama 59 percent to 31 percent among African-Americans, according to the CNN/Opinion Research Poll. In October, Clinton led
57 percent to 31 percent.Boston.com
Why the turn-around?
It's simple: The Clinton's and their supporters went dirty and strongly played the race card. So much so she alienated her own black support. In
fact she eventually rejected it outright, instead focusing on White voters only. She did this by race baiting (which the neo-cons happily trumpeted)
and making racially unsubstantiated claims. At one point even insulting the very voters she said were her new found base. Aside from the numerous
claims by her staffers that Latinos won't vote for a black candidate she and her supporters also added:
Hillary Claims White people support her not Obama
Clinton supporter claims only eggheads and blacks will support Obama
Clinton Touts White Support-NYTimes.com
Here Hillary is quoted as stating not only does she have the white vote...but that those voters are uneducated or drop-outs:
Taken from above article.
“found how Senator Obama’s support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how whites in both
states who had not completed college were supporting me.”
As long-time Clinton support Charles Rangel stated in denunciation of the above comment it was: “the dumbest thing she could ever have
Indeed, it seemed that the Clinton's had begun to wade into the muddy waters of gutter politics. The same tactics they repudiated when used against
them. Even worse the race card was not only thrown down, but wagged in the face of all Black Democrats that had respect for the Clinton's for some
time. It was a stinging backstab that did not go unnoticed and I believe was acted upon come vote time.
Articles (overlooked) have also mentioned this as being partially the reason for her failure in NC:
How Hillary Clinton botched the black vote
Yet, through a series of intended or unintended developments -- from Bill's "fairy tale" and "false premise" comments concerning Obama's stance
on the Iraq war, to hints of black-brown animosities between African-American and Hispanic Democrats, to Hillary's incessant "not qualified to
lead" insinuations about Obama -- the Clinton campaign signaled that if they were going to lose the black vote, they might as well turn it into an
advantage with other elements in the Democratic coalition, notably white working-class voters.
Consequently, in a short span Hillary transformed from a celebrity into an object of scorn among numerous black Democrats.
Hillary lost the day she courted 'redneck vote'
By playing the race card, the 'morally white trash' Clintons have hit a new low in US politics. The new narrative is plain nasty: Obama
can't win because he's black.
Of course she didn't put it exactly that way, but how else do you interpret her triumphant citation last week to the nationwide downmarket tabloid
USA Today of an article "that found how Senator Obama's support among working, hardworking Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how
whites in both states who had not completed college were supporting me. There's a pattern emerging here".
As well as:
Hillary's best hope: racism: 'Working class' means 'white'- LVRJ.com
Clinton Continues Playing Race Card - Blackstarnews.com
I myself was a supporter of the Clinton's and in fact my very first vote was for Bill Clinton. I was also a Hillary supporter early on as was my wife
over any other candidate. This however has changed in light of the shameless and divisive racial games she and her husband have played with the
American public. The same insidious tactics they lambasted people like Rush Limbaugh for using in the past. Although I can't say I will vote for
Obama, I KNOW
I will never vote for Hillary.
Obama cannot win on the black vote alone and even if some voters did vote for simply because he was black I know that there were more that voted
against Hillary simply because the Clinton's let them down. Some have even said no Republican would be so bold as to claim to be the only candidate
for White America.
Obama has yet to use the same tactics and has respectfully responded to these claims and attacks. If anything this alone has shown how he (and even to
a lesser extent John McCain) would not stoop to such political lows. In my opinion Obama has lead his campaign with grace and dignity whereas the
Clinton's seemed to not only lose their minds...but sadly their Black support as well. It was/is a shameful spectacle to behold and if continues will
damage the party.
Democrats have always had the support of the majority of black voters. When 90% of the blacks in any state vote for the Democratic challenger for the
Presidency in times past...challengers that were always white males...what exactly did that make them?
Is it still an issue then?