"South Carolina is the African American primary"??
by crackityjones, Mon Jan 21, 2008 at 12:47:02 PM EST
I am a little disturbed at some of the comments I am reading on this site about South Carolina including the one I just posted as the title of this diary. ANother Hillary supporter has posted "Will Obama just go away if we let him win this one?"
The conventional "wisdom" seems to be that because there are a lot of african americans in South Carolina it doesn't really matter if Barack Obama wins. He's black after all!
A few of the comments are of the "Let Barack have his day.." etc. Why? Because he is black???? The same people that consistently voted for the Clintons en masse don't matter now that they want to vote for Barack Obama?
It seems very insulting to assume african americans only vote for Barack because he is black. It seems kind of racist actually to think this way... Is it not possible that african americans prefer Barack Obama because he speaks more to their concerns?
Is this the general belief by Hillary supporters? That South Carolina doesn't matter because african american democrats make up a disproportionate percentage of the electorate (as compares to other states)?
The idea seems to be- and there are indications of this- that Hillary's campaign (and her vociferous supporters including on this site) is writing off South Carolina. Too many african americans there!
I always thought african americans mattered to the democratic party. Do we want a nominee that is going to ignore their voice? More importantly assuming Hillary goes - as seems likely- to win the nomination: is she then going to campaign for their votes? Will they THEN matter once again? (will it be like that Stevie Wonder song about how the white politician only shows up before election day?).
In sum I am surprised about readers on this site writing off South Carolina because it has a lot of african americans. I am also surprised about Hillary writing it off. I would also note that South Carolina has a lot of white people which is something that seems to be ignored!