by Socraticsilence, Mon Apr 28, 2008 at 07:01:23 PM EDT
I'd like to use this diary to advance a theory, one that I've become more and more convinced of as this primary season has turned:
No Democratic African-American can win the Whitehouse until the Civil Rights Generation is dead.
Now, I know this is going to seem controversial and downright offensive to some, but hear me out; if the normal resentments of African-Americans who lived through the civil rights movement are seen as anti-white racism, a belief that appears to be prevalent even in supposedly progressive forums such as this, then until the people who have flesh and blood ties to those resentments (justified though they may be) are in the ground, no African-American can run without either cutting off the Black Community (see; what Powell or Rice would have had to do) or being tied to it to his or her detriment. Given the fact that African-Americans are the most loyal and crucial voting block for Democrats, such diassociation is impossible for an up-and-coming African-American Dem, only in the GOP would the necessary distance be an achievable goal (see: Watts).
If one accepts my premise (and please provide some counter-examples I would love to be wrong, please show me an African-American Dem who has been elected to high office and could not be tarred in a manor, similar if not equal to Obama- Patterson ties into Harlem, and Ford into Memphis both are scions of long holding clans, Booker is a product of a machine that makes Chicago look clean), then one is left with confirmation of my thesis, and the question of what we can do to change these apparent facts on the ground, before I give my response please understand that this is not a recommendation that I take pleasure in giving.
** African-Americans need to vote for the GOP**
This sounds insane I realize, but there's a reason that Reagan Dems are getting all this respect- parties don't like loyalty, loyalty gets you nothing, to be given real respect they need to fear you, and nothing would give African Americans more power than to vote as a Block for John McCain this year-- you think the Media wants to pander to Reagan Dems, watch how hard the GOP tries to actually keep your vote, heck you don't even need to do a thought experiment look at latino's Bush was willing to chuck his base under a bus in a heartbeat just in order to maintain rough parity in latino votes, his most loyal peeps called him "Jorge Bush" and nicknamed the GOP Nominee "Juan McCain" (note: I said the nominee, see the GOP base couldn't deliver, and so they were willing to piss them off, the Democratic Party right now treats African-Americans the same way, they don't think they'll do anyhting so who cares if the consistently piss them off).