Skip to comments.The Big 'What If' (How will Black Americans react if Obama is defeated?)
Posted on 09/14/2008 10:00:22 PM PDT by mojito
....Never before have my emotions been so exercised by a political campaign. For one thing, never before has a candidate so fully challenged the many inhibitions that have prevented people of all races, including African Americans, from seriously envisioning presidential power in the hands of someone other than a white American. With intelligence, verve and elegance, Obama has opened the public mind to the idea of a black president and made that idea broadly attractive.
The senator's progressive politics, cosmopolitan ethos and pragmatic style have turned me into an enthusiastic supporter, and I savor the prospect of his triumph. But I'm watching this election very closely as I teach a course about it this semester. And I know that the conclusion to this electoral drama is far from determined. Yes, political gravity would seem to favor the Democratic candidate after two terms of Republican control of the White House. Yet the possibility is very real: Barack Obama could lose.
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It will be because he's farther to the left than Michael Dukakis.
Does the Dukakis defeat mean that America is anti-Greek?
Of course not.
If Black Americans chooses to interpret an Obama defeat as a sign of latent racism, so be it.
Perhaps someday a conservative, patriotic African American candidate will come along and prove them wrong.
That’s a puzzle, and I think it depends on where you live.
In Chicago, I don’t know what’ll be worse: victory or defeat.
Either will be societal sonic booms.... and possibly MOABs.
Frankly Randall, I don't give a damn!
I have always believed that the first black president and the first female president would be conservatives. Liberal ones may come later, but the first ones would be conservatives. Only conservative blacks and women can garner the trust of middle America, who would be appalled, threatened, and repelled by the politics of a liberal black, with all that baggage, or a liberal woman, with her hordes of screaming lesbian feminists in tow. No one in middle America wants to grant more power to these distasteful groups, much less put them in the White House.
I would honestly like to see a black or a woman in the Oval Office. So would most Americans, for varying reasons. But not Obama, and not Hillary. More temperate representatives of their gender and race must be found.
And as is the custom among educators, I'm sure this author/teacher is far too professional to show his bias in the classroom as he teaches his course this semester. (sarc off)
If it is a close race and Obama loses I think there will be quite a bit of violence although not on the scale of LA. If McCain beats him by a wide margin I think we will have a lot of animosity and maybe a few scattered acts of violence. Any excuse to loot for some.
Some may riot, some will pout, but absolutely none will move out.
Really, Randall? Did they show the proceedings on TV in 1946 or did your Dad drive from South Carolina to Washington, D.C.?
Would someone please define this "change" the Obamabots keep prattling on about? It seems like they define "change" differently than the dictionary defines it, or common vernacular usages. Is it a code word? One of the above comments sounds chillingly like Victor Hugo's description of the French Revolution: "An idea whose time had come." Burke and Carlyle, of course, dismissed this as nonsense.
“How will Black Americans react if Obama is defeated?”
I don’t care how they react.
I will celebrate.
I have enough for both.
How will whites react if McCain is defeated?
How will women react if the McCain/Palin ticket is defeated?
Isn’t it an insult to the vast majority of African-American people to hint that there could be violence if Obama doesn’t win this election?
If Barack Hussein loses.
Looting, Rioting, Raping, Robbing, Purse Snatching, Car Jacking, Drive by Shootings. Just another day in the Projects.
Not to mention the Muslims.
At best, the blacks have a chance of getting a half-black elected this year. We could just as well call him white.
I thought he was half-white? Why not ask how white Americans will react?
Hey Blam you know you see how we riot when Lakers win champtionship it going be worst than that here in SO CAL 10 times WORST
The Big 'What If' (How will Black Americans react if Obama is defeated?)The only way it seems they know how. The same way they do when their favorite team wins...Turn over cars, throw rocks etc. at police, burn buildings, steal anything and everything in sight, what they don't take, destroy. The list is endless and the history of their pathetic ways is proof.