by Big Dog on Dec 18, 2008 at 05:21 Political
A long time ago in this country there were truly disgusting practices that involved our society having whites only lunch counters, drinking fountains and seating on buses. The signs that read “Whites Only” reflect a particularly bad time in this country when people were judged on the color of their skin and nothing else.
It seems that this is taking place in reverse in Illinois. The seat that Barack Obama was elected to (he never really occupied it) has a sign on it that reads “Blacks Only.”
At least that is what Laura Washington of the Chicago Sun Times believes. To her, the mess with Governor Blago has created a situation where they might lose the black seat. You see, if there is an election then the people of Illinois might decide to elect a white person thereby taking the black seat away. You know how those racist whites are in Illinois are. They can’t be trusted to vote for blacks, except of course for Obama who they helped send to the White House.
The black community in Illinois is up in arms over this:
That possibility has provoked outrage among black community leaders and politicians. Not so fast, they are saying.
Last month, the Concerned Clergy of Illinois demanded that the governor appoint a “qualified” African American “who can fill this vacancy and who has the capacity to be re-elected when [Obama's] term ends in 2010.” The problem, as I wrote then, is that black leaders were at odds on who should get the nod.
Yes, it is a shame that this seat might not go to a black person even when the clergy demanded that a black fill it. I wonder how the same clergy would feel, hell how would all the liberals feel, if the Christian Conservatives went to DC and demanded that the seat in the Oval Office go to a white guy?
This issue would not be getting much attention if we kept the Constitution intact. Originally, Senators were selected by the legislatures of each state. They were not supposed to be voted into office but the Constitution was changed and now we have a mess. If the legislature still had the job there would be no scandal involving this seat and there would be no dog and pony show in New York.
Regardless of how the seat is filled, and I think an election (lacking the original method provided for in the Constitution) provides the fairest way for the people to have a say, the fact is the seat does not belong to a person based solely on color. To say this seat is a black seat is racist and it is contrary to the color blind society the liberals, and especially Obama, say they want. We already have an affirmative action president, do we need affirmative action to fill his vacated seat?
It is beyond me how people can get away with this kind of talk. The seat is a black seat and needs to be filled with a black guy.
Hmmm, using that logic, we do call it the White House…
Does Laura Washington really want to go there?
Big Dog Salute to Warner Todd Huston at STACLU
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