The Black Factor

Posted: June 25, 2008 by April Watkins in Conservatives, Current Events, Liberals, Obama, Politics
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Americans have just witnessed a landmark historical event; the presumptive nomination of the first black as a candidate of a major party for the office of President of the United States.  In this achievement, Senator Barack Obama merits a position of respect from all Americans. Whether you agree with his political views or not, his victory in the Democrat primary process is a testament to how far America has progressed from her earlier days of racial discrimination. 

 

In a surprising twist of fate, his accomplishment puts forth an unusual quandary for black conservatives:  celebrate this historical milestone, or support the candidate who holds your beliefs and values. 

To assume this is an easy decision is to disregard the symbolic meaning of Obama’s success.Noted black conservative commentator and columnist, Armstrong Williams, who has never voted for a Democrat, describes this dilemma in a recent AP story, “I don’t necessarily like his policies; I don’t like

much that he advocates, but for the first time in my life, history thrusts me to really seriously think about it,” Williams said. “I can honestly say I have no idea who I’m going to pull that lever for in November. And to me, that’s incredible.”

It is fair to say that whites have much less understanding of the momentous nature of this dilemma.  Not having shared generations of repression and degradation, it is impossible for any white American to fully appreciate this internal conflict of conservative black Americans.  Similarly, it is impossible for men to fully appreciate the achievement of Hillary Clinton.  As a woman, I wanted to cheer her on; as a conservative I could not accept her liberal positions.

 

Obama’s position as the first black American to have a real shot at winning the Presidency is a celebratory landmark for all minorities, especially black Americans.  However, for many black conservatives this election will prove to be an irony of Shakespearean proportion. 

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