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Thursday, October 9, 2008


It's looking increasingly unlikely, but some are wondering how Black folk will act if Barack loses. Ta-Nehisi Coates anticipates his reaction:
There is no sense in the black community of the kind of entitlement to the presidency felt by some Hillary Clinton supporters. Many of them expressed shock at the sort of sexism that greeted her. But very few black people were shocked that Michelle Obama was called a "baby mama" or that GOP Congressmen seem to have a penchant for referring to Obama as "boy" and "uppity."

That's why an Obama defeat would be met with resignation more than rage. No one is more tired of talking about racism than black people.

So, yes, an Obama defeat would be greeted with a loud sucking of the teeth and a deepening of self-doubt. A loss would be hugely disappointing, and to put it crudely, it would also be more of the same.

I was all prepared to disagree with this when I started this post, but now, strangely, I agree wholeheartedly with it.

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