"Deep-seated racial misgivings could cost Barack Obama the White House if the election is close, according to an AP-Yahoo News poll that found one-third of white Democrats harbor negative views toward blacks — many calling them "lazy," "violent," responsible for their own troubles.First, it's a given that John Stossel, a conservative, thinks that blacks should stop complaining about racism in this "colorblind meritocracy" of "black privilege":
...40 percent of all white Americans hold at least a partly negative view toward blacks, and that includes many Democrats and independents."
"Complaints about racism still dominate media discussion of the disparity between black and white success... There is black privilege -- and white privilege. It's time to stop complaining about past discrimination and to treat people as individuals, not as members of a certain race."But is it a shock to anyone that Geraldine Ferraro, a liberal, implied that Barack Obama is an affirmative action/quota candidate?
"If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position... And if he was a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept"Or that Andrew Cuomo, another Hillary supporter, referred to Barack Obama's campaigning style in this way:
"You can't shuck and jive at a press conference. All those moves you can make with the press don't work when you're in someone's living room."Race is the "elephant" in the election and a subject that Barack Obama has been avoiding whenever possible, but which he has addressed masterfully when necessary. Race is also why John McCain is running so close in the polls to Barack Obama, in spite of his blunders, ineptitude, temperament and incoherence. It's true that Obama has eked a small lead, but not what you would expect.
This Week in Blackness (TWiB) on whether race matters in this election: