America’s black leaders have overwhelmingly endorsed Barack Obama for president. Ask Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrakhan, or Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Jr. whom they are going to vote for and it is Obama, Obama, Obama. The question is “Why?”
Ask one of these guys why black Americans aren’t doing better in school, in steering clear of the judicial system, or in finding jobs and they will say that it is white prejudice that is impeding black progress. Rev. Wright said “Fact number one: We’ve got more black men in prison than there are in college. … Fact number two: Racism is how this country was founded and how this country is still run.” (source) The prevailing theory among black leaders seems to be that when a white person sees black skin, he or she will deny the person inside the skin a job, an educational opportunity, a house in a nice neighborhood, etc.
Along comes Barack Obama, inside a skin that he claims is black and that these same leaders claim is black. White people have given this guy good grades in school. White people have hired this guy for high-paying jobs. White people have given this guy millions of their hard-earned dollars to buy his books. Tens of millions of white people have voted for this guy to represent and/or govern them. In his autobiography, he does not mention having to make any special efforts to overcome white prejudice nor does he cite any incidents in which white prejudice had an effect on his educational opportunities, job opportunities, social opportunities, or housing opportunities.
If Barack Obama’s black skin has not held him back, it would seem to discredit these guys’ explanation of what is holding back others in America with black skin. Why then would they recommend voting for the very person whose success is discrediting their logic?
[Note that in December 12, 2007, I predicted in this Weblog that Obama would win the general election.]