At least that's what you hope was the message blacks outside of South Carolina got from Barack Obama's resounding win in the S.C. primary yesterday:
If South Carolina's Democratic primary is a sign, then the presidential election will be more about ideas than the politics of identity. Race and gender did somewhat sway Saturday's contest, but the top issue for voters was more universal: the economy.
The fact that the winner, Barack Obama, drew votes across both racial and gender lines in a Southern state should be seen more as a result of his message ("change" ) than his skin color or sex. This victory may now help him further in the South, although all voters still need to hear much more from this fresh-faced candidate.
But the point is that Mr. Obama stuck to the high ground during this first primary in the South and didn't play the race card, even though 55 percent of voters in the South Carolina primary were black. And he won decisively despite the efforts of Hillary and Bill Clinton to subtly suggest that race and gender are factors in who can win in November. Both candidates, said the former president during the campaign, "are getting votes, to be sure, because of their race or gender." And one top Clinton adviser even tried to marginalize Obama as "the black candidate," which, if voters were to buy that, would relegate him to the losing history of previous black presidential candidates, such as Jesse Jackson.
For almost two decades now liberal Blacks in America have ignored their own principles to worship the ground Billary walks on. But as many of us black conservatives have seen and noted, support for Billary has done little to change the plights (poverty, crime, lost of family values, education and lack of health-care) that still plague urban America. Consider too the many attempts of racial divisiveness used by Hillary and her camp during their campaign and maybe, just maybe, liberal blacks are finally starting to see the light when it comes to the phony cronies that Bill and Hillary Clinton.