Obama not Black Enough Like Me For Morgan Freeman And Why It Matters
Damn, you know Obama is doing a bad job when blacks begin to disown him. The fact is, as ugly as the sentiment may be, Freeman isn't alone in it. On June 26, I posted: Is Obama losing his black "Essence"? I noticed comments similar to Freeman's in some reading involving Essence magazine.
“First thing that always pops into my head regarding our president is that all of the people who are setting up this barrier for him … they just conveniently forget that Barack had a mama, and she was white — very white American, Kansas, middle of America,” Freeman said. “There was no argument about who he is or what he is. America’s first black president hasn’t arisen yet. He’s not America’s first black president — he’s America’s first mixed-race president.”
Fact is, black voter participation was high in 2008 and Obama won an unprecedented proportion of it, even as a Democrat. They routinely carry the black vote. But by how much matters – most especially in Obama's case.
A decline in participation, along with a gap in enthusiasm for him, even among those who do show up, could prove disastrous for Obama's re-election chances. However unpleasant, Freeman's sentiments are relevant to the 2012 election.