Let me state unequivocally: If you are a black person, and you are voting for Obama solely â€śbecause he is black,â€ť then you are by default placing your imprimatur on racism. You are, albeit unknowingly, saying the Klan is right to demand a vote for a candidate solely â€śbecause he is white.â€ť
Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!â€ť cries she with silent lips. Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!â€ť â€“ Â Statue of Liberty Inscription â€“ The New Colossus, Give me Your TiredIsnâ€™t that the America many of us marched, demonstrated, fought and, in some cases, died for? Someone correct me if I am wrong, but I seem to recall that among the purposes of all the aforementioned activities was the struggle for the right to cast a free unencumbered vote,Â based on theÂ conscience of the voterÂ and theÂ qualifications of the candidate. Didnâ€™t I see a campaign slogan somewhere that says â€śForwardâ€ť? If the aforementioned polls are to be believed, then it seems to me many â€śFreedom Ridersâ€ť may be on a bus that is in â€śReverseâ€ť!