Barrack Obama is a Junior United States Senator from Illinois, and a running candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for the 2008 Presidential elections against Hilary Clinton, ex-First wife of Ex-President Bill Clinton. Obama already broke boundaries as the fifth and current African-American serving in the US Senate. He graduated from Columbia University and Harvard Law School. However, Obama’s “blackness” was put in question because of his inheritance. His father came from Kenya and his mother is white American. This was put into question every time talks about America being ready for a Black president emerge. As with the pros and cons, Obama’s political agendas are not any different from Clinton’s platform. It’s just that he is Black and male, and Clinton is white and female. Both are banking on their weakness points (Black and Female) to arouse vote sympathies and to prove that one can go beyond his or her weakness point to serve the great country of America, if he or she would be elected President.
Obama being black however rouses more questions instead of sympathies for him. Recent polls showed Clinton being 40 points higher than him. However, when it comes to black polls, Obama leads Clinton with a sweeping 24 points, but this is in the Black community. Nonetheless, a survey among Black citizens whether America is ready for a Black President showed that most of them don’t believe that this is the time for it; or that they would live long enough to witness it. If Black citizens have this mindset, what more the White citizens?
“Part of Obama’s problem with black voters is that he is viewed by whites as the first black candidate with a legitimate shot at the White House. When white America has embraced a candidate – as they have with Barrack Obama – there is a certain amount of distrust that goes with this among a number of African Americans, Wilson said (cnn.com).”
The only advantage that can be seen once Obama wins Presidential election is having an educated man with an educated list of priorities and programs that if dealt with and completed thoroughly, United States would perhaps be still the greatest nation in the world. The drawback however, is the unprepared ness, still, of most Americans, as well as abroad in dealing with a Black President. There might be an issue of bias leaning towards the favor of Blacks and Whites may see it as threat (hopefully not leading for Civil War II).
Nonetheless, in terms of readiness, America is ready, actually, but to exercise clearly that readiness through voting might still be impossible. Yes, they are open but somehow there’s this secret power that keeps them from making their “open-mindedness” known through voting Obama for President.
“So we have seen the gradual maturing of an America which now accepts that Blacks can do more than play sports and entertain them. The reality is that–even though Blacks in positions of influence owe their success to the Thurgood Marshalls, Martin Luther Kings, Fannie Lou Hamers and Jesse Jacksons–this success is not the alternative to civil rights activism. It is the result of civil rights activism, then and now. This does not mean racism no longer exists, and it certainly does not mean that all America will embrace a Black commander in chief. But it does mean that the climate is set for an active strategic minority to mobilize the majority to victory (Sharpton, 2007).”