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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Was This the Change Obama Wanted?

HT to Lisa Mossie for this one:

Barack Obama's election is both an astounding political victory -- and the end of an era for black politics.

It is not even 50 years since a group of civil-rights workers challenged racial segregation on interstate bus travel. In 1961, a scared group of young Freedom Riders got on a Greyhound bus in Washington, D.C., to take a trip through Virginia and into the South. In Alabama the bus was bombed, its riders beaten so badly that some suffered brain damage. Attorney General Robert Kennedy worried that racial tensions could spark a second Civil War.


And now comes Barack Obama, the son of a black Kenyan who came here as a scholarship student and his white American wife. There is no other nation in the world where a 75% majority electorate has elected as their supreme leader a man who identifies as one of that nation's historically oppressed minorities.

The idea of black politics now tilts away from leadership based on voicing grievance, and identity politics based on victimization and anger. In its place is an era in which it is assumed that talented, tough people of any background will find a way to their rightful seat of power in mainstream political life.

The Jesse Jacksons, Al Sharptons and Rev. Jeremiah Wrights remain. But their influence and power fade to a form of nostalgia in a world of larger political agendas, such as a common American vision of setting the nation on a steady economic course and dealing with terrorists. The market has irrevocably shrunk for Sharpton-style tirades against "the man" and "the system." The emphasis on racial threats and extortion-like demands -- all aimed at maximizing white guilt as leverage for getting government and corporate money -- has lost its moment. How does anyone waste time on racial fantasies like reparations for slavery when there is a black man who earned his way into the White House?

The TrekMedic ponders:

So, now that race has been taken off the table in American politics, will the supporters of Barack Obama be able to withstand the man who could very well be his political polar opposite: Michael Steele? Or will they throw more Oreos at him (more here)for choosing the "wrong party?" Obama better look over his should every hour of every day he serves as President.

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At 9:30 PM, Blogger Pasadena Closet Conservative said...

Racial politics is over? I'll believe it when I see it. Don't hold your breath.

At 10:37 PM, Blogger Bill Shaw said...

Racial politics will never be over as long as they keep saying that Obama is the first Black man to be elected president.

When the office transcends color and people of color vote for the candidate based on his merits instead of the skin color (such as happened this time), then we can say that the times have changed.

Pity, isn't it?


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