Where Do These People Get Off?
- "I am qualified for this job. There will always be critics. My mother told me Jesus walked on earth and he had critics," said Donna Dunnings, Cook County chief financial officer.
- Obama's wife also addresses the race issue when asked by Kroft whether she fears for her husband's life as a black candidate. "I don't lose sleep over it because the realities are that... as a black man... Barack can get shot going to the gas station," says Michelle Obama. "You can't make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen."
And then to top it all off, we made the mistake of reading Mary Mitchell again after Obama announced:
Frankly, it is shameful that the most insulting question about race that has swirled around Obama’s campaign is about his commitment to blacks.
If working as an organizer in a place like Altgeld Garden to empower residents to fight against environmental pollution and lead poisoning, moving on to the Illinois General Assembly and supporting legislation that targeted racial profiling and wrongful convictions, and pushing for the earned income credit wasn’t enough to prove his commitment to African-Americans, platitudes meant to assuage those voters won’t be enough to win this race.
Just as his
senatorial race afforded voters an opportunity to shake up the established political system, Obama’s presidential run offers the same opportunity. U.S.
Black voters would be foolish not to take it.