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LA Times Columnist Says Obama’s Candidacy Has Yet to Result in Meaningful Progress

A Los Angeles Times Opinions contributor wrote about the historical aspects of Barack Obama’s candidacy, claiming “whether his candidacy (or presidency) is a turning point beyond the racial symbolism remains to be seen.”

The writer Erin Aubry Kaplan also notes that although Obama is not running “as a ‘black’ candidate,” he “should certainly address issues of concern to African Americans, not simply because he’s one of us (though that helps) but because such issues impact all of us. The state of black people has always been a barometer of how well America is fulfilling its democratic ideals.”

Ending her column, Kaplan writes, “We can congratulate ourselves for having a black candidate, but that candidate can’t identify too much with other black people or he risks losing his appeal, magic or whatever. It’s the same old game America has always played, defining the limits and qualifications of blackness to its liking and comfort level. That’s not justice.”


One thought on “LA Times Columnist Says Obama’s Candidacy Has Yet to Result in Meaningful Progress

  1. What I find impressive of Obama’s candidacy and campaign is that both his supporters and critics have a difficult time trying to define him. This is because he is the only politician of this magnitude to be in a position to define himself to all people. This man is bi-racial (if one even feels race should even be used to categorize people) and has grown up all across the world in both modest and comfortable circumstances. His DNA and life experience allow him, and only him, to identify or dissassociate himself with anyone he chooses.
    Lucky for him (and us) he wants to be a world leader. Since its difficult to judge him based on old definitions and preconceived notions, that puts us in a unique position to judge his merits as a leader based more on his deeds and policies as opposed to superficial traits or political spin. When voters can judge a candidate based on his/her deeds and policies, there can be no wrong. I think thats progress…especially in an important election year such as this.
    I don’t know about anyone else, but I find comfort in understanding the true character of the leader I am voting for. With the stakes this high in history, the next president is going to need character and a lot of it to succeed.

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