THE 'GOOD BLACK' EDITORIAL
“Whites discriminated in Powell’s favor because he challenged their negative stereotypes of blacks. First, he had succeeded in a respected white institution: the military. Second, he was the child of immigrants, a man whose family history highlighted America’s opportunities, not its racism. Third, he wasn’t ideologically radical. And, fourth, he didn’t look or sound stereotypically Black.”
There’s even a quote from Colin Powell from 1995 in which he says that his appeal is partly due to the fact that he speaks “reasonably well” and that, visually, “I ain’t Black”
The editorial then goes on to discuss Senator Obama’s similar appeal to the White masses—at least for the time being—and talks about the difficulties of balancing the fine line between being acceptable to Whites AND Blacks at the same time.
The final paragraph in the editorial includes this thought:
“In a presidential campaign, Blacks must still defy white stereotypes to succeed.”
As I read this editorial, I thought about film director, Steven Spielberg, who’s throwing Senator Obama a fundraiser. Each person must pay $2,300 to attend. So, here are the questions:
--What do you think is the reason behind Senator Barack Obama’s appeal to White people?
--How do you think he will do in the Democratic primary? Do you think White masses will actually vote for him?
--Will Black voters abandon him to stand with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton?
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