POLITICAL observations & opinions

* overcoming racial prejudice; focus on those who can be convinced

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 21, 2008


  • 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” or responsible for their own troubles.
  • The poll, conducted with Stanford University, suggests that the percentage of voters who may turn away from Obama because of his race could easily be larger than the final difference between the candidates in 2004 — about 2.5 percentage points.


This is a major issue, among many white voters. The legacy of America’s disgraceful period of slavery and lack of civil rights for blacks still resides in too many American hearts. It is a problem Barack Obama will have to overcome. He has come far along that path. I predict he will make it to become not just the first African-American President, but more importantly, the President we need in these troubled times.

Some of you have reported what seem to be irrational reasons given by your friends who say they are voting for John McCain. I think many of these reasons are code for not being willing to vote for a black man. This is disgraceful, but it is what it is.

There is another group of voters who say they are voting for McCain, and who give what to us seems to be bizarre reasons for doing so. But these people are Republicans who always vote Republican, and are stretching for reasons to explain what is really very simple. They will vote for McCain because he is Republican, just as many of us will vote for Obama because he is a Democrat. I have no problem with this kind of voter, and this voter is not where this election will be decided.

Let’s say 45% will vote Republican, 45% will vote Democratic. It is the other 10% who will decide. So if Democrats want to win, we need to work on that 10%. Make sure they understand the issues, and the McCain-Palin lies, make sure they come out and vote, especially the new young voters so energized by Barack Obama.


To read the entire article, click … http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080921/ap_on_el_pr/ap_yahoo_poll_obama_race_12


2 Responses to “* overcoming racial prejudice; focus on those who can be convinced”

  1. maureen hanahan said

    The Democrats have chosen a well-educated, eloquent, great
    spokesman and our best choice as leader, but he is black.
    I have heard at different times from both Republicans and
    Democrats..they could not vote for a black man…But, when
    the Black issue was spoken about on 60 Minutes with Sen. Obama,
    he replied, with a smile, “I don’t mind working harder.”
    I believe, Truth will always overcome. Maureen Hanahan, Stuart,Fla.

  2. M Smith said

    This article is right on. I am finding in my discussions that some of the responses are weird, statements like Michelle Obama is trying to be Jackie Kennedy I still think Obama and Biden should campaign together in Pennsylvania

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