Black voters aren't racist, either

Tom Jackson
Mar 23, 2010

Yesterday, I explained why I don't buy the theory that most white voters are a bunch of racists.

But what about black voters? Do they automatically line up behind the black candidate?

You might be tempted to think so, if you've noticed that cities with a majority of black voters tend to elect black mayors.

But then again, white majority cities tend to elect white mayors.

But in any event, I looked at black voters, too.

And while I think it's true black voters tend to think about issues of race more than white voters -- what a surprise, considering this country's racial history -- I don't believe race is the only criteria they use in voting, or even the main one.

Consider the U.S. representative for Tennessee's 9th District, Steve Cohen.

Cohen is a white, Jewish congressman from a district that is 60 percent black (not to mention mostly Christian.)

He has a strong record of representing black issues in Congress. Despite that, his Democratic primary race drew national attention this year because his opponent was a black woman, Nikki Tinker.

Ms. Tinker campaigned essentially by arguing that a black-majority district should be represented by a black person. She got money for TV ads from Emily's List, a group that backs women candidates (and which apparently doesn't worry very much about whether the candidates are worth supporting.) Tinker used her Emily's List money to run ads stirring up racial animosity.

Remember, Tinker wasn't a minor candidate. She had enough money to get her message out.

How did that approach work out for Tinker?

Cohen won, 79 percent to 19 percent.

Comments

Anonymous

I would argue that the evidence to support your premise is largely anecdotal.

It remains I would argue, that within the overwhelming majority of elections, similarities between the gender and race of the candidates and the electorate are very important factors in the decision making process.

Anonymous

Honest Obama keeps saying that he voted against the war.
He was sworn into office in January,4 2005.
The Iraq war started in March 2003.

HOW HONEST IS THAT?

Obama just received THE "OBIE" AWARD
HONORING ACHIEVEMENTS IN EMPTY RHETORIC

When OBAMA is ask what is his anti-terrorism plan
he replies HOPE AND CHANGE "I HOPE I'VE CHANGED THE SUBJECT"

Thought for the day
Calling an illegal alien an 'undocumented immigrant'
Is like calling a drug dealer an 'unlicensed pharmacist'

'From the time Barack Obama was sworn in as a United State Senator, to the time he announced he was forming a Presidential exploratory committee, he logged 143 days of experience in the Senate. That's how many days the Senate was actually in session and working. After 143 days of work experience, Obama believed he was ready to be Commander In Chief, Leader of the Free World, and fill the shoes of Abraham Lincoln, FDR, JFK and Ronald Reagan. 143 days. I keep leftovers in my refrigerator longer than that.'

Anonymous

Lincoln on da 5 dollar bill
Franklins on da 100 dollar bill
betcha if Obama wins they'll put his black a$$ on the food stamp card!!

Anonymous

" A president's pension currently is $191,300 per year.

Assuming the next president lives to age 80. Sen. McCain would receive ZERO pension as he would reach 80 at the end of two terms as president. Sen. Obama would be retired for 26 years after two terms and would receive $4,973,800 in pension.

To those of us who support a reduction in Government spending, electing McCain certainly makes sense.