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Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Barack Obama: Race versus Substance

"Much of the hype about whether Barack Obama was 'black enough' for the African-American community had died down when reports began to surface that the Reverend Al Sharpton had complained about Obama’s 'blackness.' Specifically, the reports alleged, Sharpton was concerned that Obama had never been active in the black community and that his campaign was largely driven by white Americans.

"As the first serious black contender for the Presidency, Obama came under fire early for not being 'black enough' to fully represent African-Americans. Jolivette Anderson-Douoning, facility and program supervisor for the Black Cultural Center, said the following: 'His father didn’t experience Jim Crow. He was a black man not defined by Jim Crow America.' She went on to say that the black community was concerned with Obama’s family’s lack of the 'black experience” and his politics towards blacks.'"

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If Sharpton really said that Obama had never been active in the black community, then Sharpton is not familar with the Black community in Chicago. As state senator, Obama had a large Black district. He had the support of the Black community in Chicago for his U.S. Senate run, and he goes to a very PRO-BLACK church called Trinity United Church of Christ.

People outside of Chicago who claim that Obama has no experience with the Black community or even with the "Black Experience" need to keep their mouths closed first and find out the facts.

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Booker T. Washington said:

"There is another class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs -- partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs....There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who do not want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public."

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