Saturday, March 03, 2007

Clinton & Obama To Compete for Votes at Selma Event

Clinton and Obama will put on dog and pony show at major civil rights event commemorating the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery. Both are competing for the so-called "Black Vote".

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I have yet to figure out what the "Black Vote" is. Last time I checked, Black folks were individuals, but the media still wants to lump all African Americans together as a group who thinks alike....and votes alike. Until that changes, Black voters will never be respected.

To me this event is another example of the Civil Rights legacy being commercialized and cheapened. I doubt that either of these two would be attending this event if this was not part of an election cycle and if they were not big name political figures. So why come now? Why cheapen the Civil Rights legacy with their political pandering? Are Black Churches no longer enough for these people?

And the Civil Rights establishment is also to blame for allowing this event to be put up for sale. Many of the old Civil Rights figures have become just as corrupt as the politicians. There is little doubt that they will use the visit by these prominent politicians as a way to boost their own image. Typically this commemoration gets little national news coverage. Now it will almost become center stage.

More and more of these sacred historical events are being cheapened for political purposes. Does John Lewis support the politicization of Bloody Sunday? It would seem a little strange to me if he does support it. Some things are so sacred that they should be off limits to politics.

I was watching "Eyes on the Prize" the other day (for probably the 10,000th time in my life) and the particular segment being covered was the Selma march. This was truly one of the most powerful events of any social movement in human history.... not just the American Civil Rights movement. Many people across the World (some for the first time) got to see American brutality, and the hypocrisy was as clear as day. This forced the U.S. to deal with the problem through more than just words. There were several other key moments in the Civil Rights movement.... perhaps a dozen or so of similar magnitude, but Selma was one of the most important of them all because of the particular impact that it seemed to have politically...and the effect it had on people across the country.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I watched both speeches unfiltered on C-Span.

I thought both speeches were good.

I don't particularly like The Borg Queen, but she gave a good speech.

I liked Obama's more because I enjoyed watching him take the arrows that had been shot at him, melt them down, and turn them into a sculpture of HIS making.