Posted: Nov 3, 2008 3:49 pm
I've been thinking a lot about Memphis this campaign season. This is the first presidential campaign when I've lived outside the state of Tennessee. I live in Asheville and it's a a super liberal town. Much like Memphis though, this is usually negated by the fact the rest of the state is firmly Republican. But, unlike Memphis, the political climate here is way more relaxed, even with people that disagree. Things are so polarized in Memphis and it's something I've only come to appreciate the magnitude of from a distance. Growing up with the Fords, and Herrington and a miriad of other black politicians who only helped themselves but arogantly counted on the (black vote) every election season, left me scratching my head. And to the generations who came before me, my parents and grandparents, it simply confirmed every racist instinct that had been bred into them. I'm not making excuses for racism in any way but it really puts into perspective what these people have to overcome to vote for Obama, and in spite of it all some of them are doing it! It's really amazing. As if there was not already an avalanche of responsibility ready to be heaved onto the incoming president, it will also be up to Obama to keep these peoples faith and change the face of black politics in America. Alas, I think the fact that he is resented by people like Jesse Jackson is a positive sign to whiteys everywhere.