Black on Black Politics: Sharpton and Obama
Al Sharpton has issues with Barack Obama. I don’t think that this will be the last time Sharpton takes a shot at Obama.
I like Al Sharpton, and I agree with him on many issues. While I think that Sharpton is being a bit extreme and is jealous of the attention that Obama is receiving, I do think he has a point. He raises an interesting question with regards to Black people and how we think about politics, especially when Black people are on the ballot with non-Black people:
Why shouldn’t the black community ask questions?
A lot of times when a candidate that is Black is a candidate, I find myself often wanting to give that person the benefit of the doubt on a lot of issues. I don’t think that I’m alone.
The question is why?
Do I want to see a Black Mayor/Council Person/President that badly?
Do I think that having a Black person “in power” will benefit me directly?
Am I making the assumption that because they are Black that I will always agree with them?
I think that it is not only irresponsible for me to vote for the Black candidate solely because they are Black, but I also think that it is disrespectful to the candidate. I see it as basically saying to that person, “I will let you use being Black as an excuse for me to not give your positions any sort of thought.”
Wouldn’t we be mad if someone outright said that? Sadly, if you don’t give thought to all of the reasons you vote for a person, that is exactly what you’re saying. If we don’t respect our people’s positions enough to give thought to them, who will?