Critical thinking about the role of race in politics (or the role of politics in race) is as rare as a unicorn in a rap video. Somehow Gary Reese of Florida Insider pulls a rational rabbit out of a complex hat today, in regards to slavery reparations so patronizingly flirted with by Florida’s Governor Crist:
Serious discussion by sincere people about race in American politics is impossible to profit by. Knee-jerk emotions trump reason and deliberation every time. Nobody changes their minds, and “discussions” quickly become angry harangues.
There are a lot more white voters than black ones in Florida. Blacks are already a lock to turn out in droves to vote for Obama if he is the Democratic nominee.
Whites are a sleeping dog on race, however. Given the disgust with George Bush and the Republican Party, many of them are ready to vote for “the other guy” versus McCain, no matter who he or she is.
But if black anger becomes a political football this fall, Barack Obama might as well take a knee.
Full article here. (And trust me, before you start that toddler whine, you blathering fools and you know who you are, about this isn’t about Georgia politics, wheregoeth Florida and the matter of slavery apology, restitution and reparations, eventually so must Georgia. Not to mention the Presidential campaign.)