OK, I don’t want to alarm anyone, but something just came to my attention. Barack Obama is black. I know, I know. It came as a surprise to me too, but it’s true. For the first time in our nation’s history, there is a real chance that an African-American can win the presidency. But so what? The race issue seems to be one big elephant in the room that no one knows how to address.
One of Hillary Clinton’s top financial staffers, Geraldine Ferraro just resigned yesterday after making perceivably tasteless comments about Obama, saying “if Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position.” Although Clinton has called the comment “regrettable,” Ferraro has yet to apologize for her remarks. But is this true? How big of a factor is Obama’s race in his electability?
In Mississippi, apparently it’s a big factor. Even though Mississippi is a historically republican state, having voted red in every election for the past 32 years, those who did vote in the democratic primary on Tuesday created a palpable racial divide. On Tuesday, Clinton received only 8 percent of the black vote, and Obama received only 26 percent of the white vote!
In 2008, should a candidate’s race, or for that matter gender, play a role in his/her electability? Do you think that it will be a key factor if Obama is the democratic nominee?