Here is a letter I have written to Leonard Pitts Jr., a columnist for the Tribune Media Services, in response to his column published in my hometown paper on May 27, 2008. The subject of the column was poor whites in West Virginia who voted against Obama on the basis of race.
I don’t often agree with much that you write but today you have said something that has an undeniable truth at it base; it is sad and ignorant when people cast their votes on the basis of race.
It’s a shame that you only see that ignorance in the poor whites of West Virginia who voted against Mr. Obama. There are also plenty of ignorant affluent elitist white people who are voting for Obama because he is black. If there were a white candidate who held roughly the same positions as Obama he would out of the race. How do I know this? There was a white candidate who had almost the same positions and experience as Obama: Dennis Kucinich, long ago dismissed as too far left for even the Democratic Party.
There are also plenty of ignorant black people who are voting on the basis of race. Unfortunately, they aren’t all uneducated or impoverished. One needs look no further than the panel of the television show “The View” for proof. Panelist Sherri Shepherd recently said she would probably be voting for Obama because she finally had a chance to vote for someone who “looked like her.” Sad isn’t it?
But you know what is just as sad? There are a lot of rich, well educated women of all races who are backing Hillary Clinton just because she is a woman. Is voting on the basis of gender more or less sad than voting on the basis of race?
As for me I would be I would be happy to vote for a woman or a black candidate if they stood for the conservative principles that I hold. Condoleezza Rice, we need you!