Originally posted by DalairTheGreat
I think it's great to give people something to look up to. But if you don't even know what that persons plans are, is it not the same as asking a
person you met on the street to take care of all your finances?
Look at it another way: As LDragonFire
said, the Clintons had wide-ranging support in the African-American community. Then, Bill slighted
Obama's victory in SC, and something happened that nobody had really expected: the black community, whether you agree or not, took that slight
personally. And then, the slights accumulated (Geraldine Ferraro, "hard-working white people", etc).
The craziest part about it to me, as a black person, was that different segments of the black community coalesced around Obama for different reasons,
but acted, largely, in concert.
Some people were, in a weird way, hurt by the Clintons' apparent defection, or, started to wonder if those had been their true feelings about black
people all along. Some young, black, professional-types felt like what was happening to Obama was their everyday experience, writ large. Other
people had been paying attention to the politics and knew it was a DNC vs DLC thing. Some of those groups over-lapped.
But, at the end of the day, most 'politically-inattentive' black people that I know don't really expect anything to change or get better. They're
political pessimists, like most of the country, thinking the president is just the figure-head of a government that will always act the same, for
better or worse.
Therefore, goes the reasoning, why shouldn't they vote in the figure-head that reflects them? Why not?
edit to add (and then, to correct a mis-quote):
Originally posted by Animal
These people are not stupid they are victims of the society they live in.
I agree with this, which is why I called them "politically-inattentive." A little more accurate than "not very smart," which, in my mind, is the
same as calling them stupid.
[edit on 3-7-2008 by HarlemHottie]