September 22, 2008

Surprise from Philly Daily News: White voters "discomfitted" by Obama

What else is new at the Daily News? Last week we saw how the AP sought to blame racism for a potential Obama loss in November; now Dave Davies has "discovered" that -- surprise! -- some whites maintain bigoted attitudes:

WHEN DEMOCRATIC vice-presidential candidate Joe Biden was greeting voters at a Northeast Philadelphia diner recently, he couldn't have expected what he heard when he slid into a corner booth next to Carolyn Bauer.

Bauer told a reporter that she'd told Biden she'd never vote for him or his running mate.

"It'd be disgusting to get a man named Barack Obama as president of the United States," she said. "No way!"

Her view is not unique.

Gee, no s***, Sherlock. But "unique" means one of a kind. The question is, exactly how pervasive is Ms. Bauer's asinine attitude? This is the answer that Davies should have at least tried to discover, though admittedly it'd be very hard to determine precisely. However, a good part of the answer should be fairly obvious: Not very. Why? The mere fact of how Barack Obama is in the position he is.

"I'm hearing a lot of people saying, 'He's too young, he's too inexperienced,' " said Philadelphia AFL-CIO President Pat Eiding. "What they're really saying is, 'He's black.' "

No, when I say that Barack Obama is too young and inexperienced, I mean he is too young and inexperienced. And, using Eiding's "logic," when people question Sarah Palin's age and experience, they must really mean "She's a woman."

I'll spare you the dissection of the entire article because it's much of the same politically correct racial BS. And let me say this: The inundation by the media of these types of stories may well serve to become a self-fulfilling prophecy. That is, whites of good [racial] will may become pretty much fed up with the media "telling them" what their racial attitudes are and/or how "their" racism will ultimately lead to Obama's defeat. Do you think they may go, "F*** it, even if I do vote for Obama, the media will still think me a racist if he loses"? It's the classic "Damned if you do ..." scenario. I dunno.

One thing I want to add is that Mark Sawyer, director of the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Politics at UCLA, is mentioned in the article. I first mentioned Mark back in this post, and beyond the comments there we traded a few e-mails. Any misunderstanding we had in that post was pretty much quelled. At any rate, in the Daily News, Mark is quoted as saying "There's evidence that suggests whites perceive black candidates as more liberal than they are really are." Um, 'ya think? Let's see ... blacks vote so overwhelmingly Democratic (around the 90% range) and have candidates who're of that party (possibly greater than 90% -- just look at Congress), so the "evidence" isn't exactly hard to find. That "white perception" is actually based on pretty convincing material, wouldn't 'ya say?

Still, I've seen polls in the past that show that blacks are fairly socially conservative on many issues. Take gay marriage, for instance. A decent segment of black voters share what would be dubbed "right-wing conservative" views on the issue.

At any rate, whether you're planning on voting for Barack Obama or not, please do so on the issues and the candidates' beliefs, not on their freakin' skin color (or age or sex). And if you do just that, don't give a s*** what other people -- especially the cretins in the MSM -- may think of why you voted the way you did.

(h/t to the inevitable Gooch!)

Posted by Hube at September 22, 2008 04:56 PM | TrackBack

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I figured that Eiding's comment meant THEY oppose Palin because she's black.

Posted by: Paul Smith at September 23, 2008 02:50 PM

I hate when I mess up closing a tag. Fortunately, the server caught it.

Posted by: Paul Smith at September 23, 2008 02:51 PM