Tell us what you think – add your comment here

Here’s your chance to share your views on race and the 2008 election. What do you think about this historic election cycle? Does Sen. Obama’s candidacy mark a shift in race relations in the U.S.? Who are you supporting and why?

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14 Comments on “Tell us what you think – add your comment here”

  1. From lionanimal

    Jan 4, 2008, 3:37am

    Thank you to ColorsNW magazine for their excellent journalism available in hardcopy magazine and on the internet. It is deeply appreciated that your excellent journalism is available. Thank you for creating this message board.

    I think there is a very good possibility that Senator Barack Obama will secure the Democratic party nomination and then win the general election for President of the United States in November 2008. I support Barack Obama because I recognize the official “Obama For America” campaign is very thoughtful. The process Senator Obama is following offers the greatest possibility and probability (by far) of addressing and solving long-standing issues and problems facing America.. for example: HealthCare, Energy Independence, and respect for diversity. Senator Obama is in fact a significant departure from “politics as usual”. To achieve positive and constructive change we need a leader such as Senator Obama. A mere change from GOP administration to Democratic administration is not enough. We need a change from “politics as usual” as practiced since 1974 by politicians of both major political parties. We need a change from “politics as usual”.

    To r3espond directly to the moderator’s / editor’s question about race relations: When Senator Ob ama is elected and his administration is effective thru politics of inclusion while addressing the issues on a factual basis… the vast majority of young people in their formative years, ages 5 to 20 will have instant elevated respect for diversity. There is a very real possibility that within a generation (from year 2008 to 2020) that the vast majority of Americans will finally abandon the foolish close-minded and self-centered perspective of fear and greed. An effectgive thoughtful and compassionate leader such as Senator Barack Obama will create an irreversible change in the minds of Americans. By the year 2020, the nearnderthal remnants of overt sterotyping and lack of respect for diversity will have disappated in America (I hope and predict). In summary, Senator Barack Obama represents a thinking, compasionate and open-minded style of inclusion. This contrasts greatly with the wedge politics of the 1990’s. It is my personal opinion that negative, close-minded emotional processes such as racism is not founded in reality or analysis of fact, but rather racisim is grounded in fear, greed and close-minded habits. Having an excellent President of the United States who is black will be irrefutable proof in fact that throws cold water on any emotional slur bsed on a stereotype.

    In my personal opinion, Senator Barack Obama is the only candidate of either major political party who can have a successful administration, once elected that can deliver positive and constructive results.

    Thanks for the opportunity to express my personal opinion and thanks to the readers of this reply.

  2. John Schneider Says:

    Thanks for the great article. the reporting was superb- especially in regards to local feedback and on the subject of race. Will you have more from this reporter?


  3. Robert Sartre Says:

    Whether or not Barack Obama will win as president is not as important as what this elections means as a whole to us all. After so many years of suffering under this regime of a so-called presidency, as a Black man but as an American first, Obama’s race does not matter as much as what he says. as Martin Luther King said, “I long for the day when men will be judged by the content of their character, not by the color of their skin.”
    While this is an exciting, nervous time, we must all remember to keep our wits about us as we are facing a crucial and historic chance for true social freedom.
    Thanks for the superb article. I have yet to read a better one on the subject.



  4. Obama ..Obama …

    over the years i have been a fan of the Clintons and appreciate a lot that they have done but have serious questions about some actions that Bill Clinton took on Gays in the military and on the ownership of communication enterprises… and am shocked to hear Andy Young and others refer to Bill Clinton about his being black … Bill supported and supports the death penalty which executes people by the race of thier victims and that is why many black are executed in this country …and if Bill is black then i must be Asian, Black, Irish, Polish and female… and perhaps chihuahua…not to mention doberman on occasion…

    Barack has a vision of hope and should not be counted out .. I like it that on the democratic side there are three strong candidates… and ya all should get involved this election season

    Obama closed his speech in New Hampshire by reminding his supporter by chanting YES WE CAN …in spanish we say it SI SE PUEDE..

    my best

  5. Dear Editor,

    I really liked the article that just came out on Obama in your magazine. As an African-American woman I have been battling with many of my feelings about who I feel would best represent me and all people who are fed up with what is going on in this country. I also still have mixed feelings about Hillary Clinton and John Edwards. I am embarassed that I had feelings that he was not black enough, and had even spoke to black friends that he was a sell-out.
    Thanks for looking at issues in an honest way I had been afraid of doing before. Will you be having any articles along this theme?
    Also, is there a way I can contact the writer Safran? I want to thank her for her reporting and opening my eyes up to many things. Where else does she write, will she write for you again?
    I still don’t know who I will vote for, but am keeping more honest now.



  6. Bleazy 206 Says:

    I am voting for Obama and here is why. He is old enough to get the baby boomers to sway with him, yet he is young enough to spark interest in x and y generation voters.

    He may not go about it with a specific plan of action to solve certain issues, and there are reasons for that. First of all, he realizes that as a man, a human being, and as president he will NOT be able to make change alone. We as Americans have to help that process.

    Secondly, he is optimistic in his approach, and his approach is very contagious. Never before have I seen a candidate who has such a powerful influence on people in my life time, being from the X generation. No lengthy resumes or huge campaigns can compete with qualities such as charisma.
    Obama has made me believe, and even in the midst of losing New Hampshire by a hair, I am certain he will be the next president of the United States.

  7. Michael Says:

    dont forget the details

    top contributor to obama and 2nd to hilary is

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    and once again remember that the mainstream media and some independent sources say you only have two choices

    white or black (no other colors)

    one or two (there are no other numbers)

    left or right (there is no forward)

    clinton or obama (there are no others)

    democrats or republicans

    and so on

    keep your mind open



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