December 10, 2004
Aunt Condi's Cabinet
A similar argument could be made for a woman president. But a majority of the VAP is female, so why don't we have a female president?
Perhaps we don't have a Black president or a female president because of a lack of good candidates. I don't imply that our previous white male candidates were good either, but Alan Keyes? Riiiiiight. I could conceive an election in 2008 where Colin Powell, Barack Obama, or Hilary Clinton would be front runners. So perhaps time will show a change in this matter.
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I applaud Chris' optimism about the possibility of a black US President, but I don't think the idea is a realistic one. There are several issues. One is the point I made above, which is that the reason some black people in the US achieve high office is not merit, but rather it is just that they happen to be at the right place when someone is looking to recruit a pliable token minority individual. Is it possible to conceive of a presidentail candidate more qualified than Rev. Jesse Jackson? Is it possible to conceive of a political system that has more wantonly wasted and abused political talent like that of Rev. Jackson's? The US is a country where a complete idiot can grow up to become President, but Rev. Jackson can't become President. Second, I don't know how Chris can realistically think of any of the "red" states voting for Colin Powell, Barack Obama, or Hilary Clinton. I am sure even George W Bush is a dangerous leftist for a lot of people in Utah and Wyoming. They voted for him because Genghis Khan and Tamerlane were not available (if they had been, I am sure the Constitution would have been amended to let them run). Third, my basic point was about the essential racism of the US society. If a black person ran for President, the blue states wouldn't vote for him either, because even most liberals are closet racists. As I said in the post, the society will allow black people to serve (as mayors and so on), but if it is ever faced with the option of giving them ultimate executive authority, the distinction between red and blue states will evaporate.
I don't understand the tendency of some african-americans to downplay the success of people like Collin Powell and Condi Rice. It sounds like some want to perpetuate the stereotype at the cost of the reputation of those who ARE successful. Just an opinion.
Honestly, I've made a living (and so have millions of others) without great academic achievement. In fact, I have only a high school education. But don't believe for a moment that I wouldn't qualify to be president! ;-)
As to wanting to perpetuate stereotypes, two of the commenters have accused me of this. But I think the exact opposite is true. I would like to see African-American people go on to represent society's highest ideals, namely social justice and social progress. Many of them have, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unprincipled opportunists like Condi Rice only serve to detract from those ideals. And they help perpetuate the problem of racism itself in the US, because only a society based on the idea of social justice can address and solve problems like racism, and not a society based on right-wing principles of individual privilege and social injustice.
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