In this election cycle, I just can’t stop blogging about the race thing. Sorry, folks, but there is just too much to talk about. Two minutes ago, I finished reading this great piece: Barack Obama, Token: The Empty Politics of Singularity, by Ted Rall. I love this guy. Big shout-out.
Here’s an excerpt:
Everywhere you look, it sucks to be black in America. Swimming classes cost money. African-Americans don’t make as much money as whites. So they don’t sign up their kids at the same rate as whites. It might not sound like a big deal–until you learn that, according to the Centers for Disease Control, black children between the ages of five and 14 drown at two and half times the rate of white kids.
Now, don’t slam my friend (oh, can I be your friend?) Ted for the assertion that blacks don’t make as much money as whites. For the data you can go here. It’s infuriating that black male college grads (you know we woman are already behind the earning curve) don’t have as much earning power as white male college grads. But according to Ward Connerly, that’s their fault.
Mr. Connerly is part of the focus of this article, is an African American, and the founder and chairman of the American Civil Rights Institute, a non-profit organization which essentially fights against affirmative action. This dude thinks its great that Obama is the Democratic nominee (presumptive) and says, essentially, “See, if he can do it, anyone can, we don’t need affirmative action.” Nevermind, as my friend Ted says, he was probably given a little bit of that action on his application to Columbia. I’m not taking anything away from Obama and he may not have benefitted at all. I’m just saying.
Anyway, go read the article. It’s really good, you’ll be glad you did, and then go write your own blog. Or comment on mine. Or tell someone else to read the article. Whatever. Just start reading and writing and learning and talking. That’s the only way we’re ever gonna get to the bottom of this thing.