Found this excellently written editorial on Time.com, touching on a lot of what I've written about or considered since Obama began his run. There are growing rumblings about race starting to really mean something as the campaign tightens and it's apparent that one or two percentage points will decide this thing.
In the Time piece, writer Michael Grunwald reminds us that America has never warmed to the angry black man (or angry Hispanic, Asian, et al for that matter). This makes the calls for Obama to summon that righteous rage—something I've been conflicted about—seem shortsighted at best, and a volatile recipe for failure at worst.
Grunwald also speaks about the racial code wording ('flashy', 'uppity') rife in the campaign and as part of the public lexicon. How this will translate on election day is beginning to worry me and a lot of Democrats, especially as the opposition continues to appeal to middle American largely on cultural issues.
In an early URBeditorial, I cited Obama's electoral improbability as a chief reason for my lack of support for his candidacy. Iowa went on to change my mind for the positive after his unexpected victory in a 95% white state. Fast forward to six weeks before the election, and I'm concerned all over again. Waking up from my Obama dream isn't something I want to do, but I'm preparing myself for it.
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