Jan 14, 2008

Usatoday had an article on it's website in which it talked to two black women from South Carolina named Maggie Melvin and Iris Wilson. The ladies were asked about who they were going to vote for in the primaries and why. Here is the response from Ms. Melvin:


Melvin, 57, said she yearns to vote for Obama but believes Hillary Clinton stands a better shot at making history as the first female president. "When white people go behind that curtain in their polling place, they won't vote for a black man, no matter how eloquent or capable," said Melvin, a retired Air Force transportation officer. (Source)


Now what makes this statement so scary is the fact that a lot of people share the same sentiment as Ms. Melvin. If we as a people choose to base our vote on what we think other people are going to do then we are already defeated and there is really no reason for us to even involve ourselves in the Democratic process. It is sad that the fear of the white man still paralyzes us a people and we are not willing to give a person of color a chance because we are scared white people will never accept him/her. I realize that a lot of these sentiments stem from our past and this country's past, but there comes a time when we must look ahead and maybe, just maybe give into the Audacity of Hope.
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4 comments:

  1. The sentiments of Ms. Melvin are scary, but you shouldn't be surprised due to all the injustices and obstacles African Americans had to face in this country. We have a right to be skeptical of all things when it comes to this country. Sometimes you have to look at the past to get some idea of the future.

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  2. If white people are going behind the curtain to vote for white people, why did Barack win overwhelmingly in Iowa, which is 93 percent white. Unprogresssive minded black people like yourself need to wake up and realize that the time is now for the first to be last and the last to be first.

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  3. Some Black people give White people too much power!

    I am voting for Obama! He symbolizes the future to me, and I am ready to start looking forward. If Black folks don't wake up and support this brother, I might start voting Republican!

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  4. "Unprogresssive minded black people like yourself need to wake up"

    I hope you were not referring to me when you made this comment. I am in no terms an "Unprogressive" as you so eloquently put it. I am in fact for Obama. What i was trying to convey had you read my statement correctly is that we should not be surprised that so many black folks share this sentiment of skepticism when it comes to white folks. We only have our past to look at to see from which this thought derives.

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