As a Black presidential candidate, do you feel Barack Obama has done enough to earn the trust and the votes of the African American community?

Now that Barack Obama's presidential campaign is in full swing with the first primary/caucus completed in Iowa, what are your thoughts about how he has run his campaign? This is a question both about issues and appearances.

Reviews and talk shows where Shelby Steele has promoted his book, A Bound Man, about Obama's campaign and all the symbolism involved juxtaposed what he called the pressure Blacks put on Obama to be a Challenger, someone who openly fights FOR Black people in a manner not unlike Obama's church -- which proclaims itself to be unashamedly Black -- and the hope-filled expectation Whites have that Obama is, instead, a Bargainer, like Steele himself, who will not use White people's "guilty" against them and go along with their illusion that the USofA is basically colorblind with an Obama win as the crowning event to say we have arrived at that moment.

So what do you think about that? Do you think a Black person running for president has to take a certain stand on race issues, etc. to be a bona fide respectable candidate in the Black community?

What do you think about the way things have gone down so far? Has Obama campaigned like a White politician, essentially taking the Black Vote for granted and merely pandering to the Black community when speaking to a Black audience?

Please feel free to comment as you see fit about Obama or any other potential Black president but for the purposes of this poll, please answer the following question by selecting one of the options below. Also, please distinguish between your frustration with "the way things go in politics" (however you perceive that, if you do) and your actual issues with the way Obama has run his campaign, should you have those sentiments.

Thank you for you input and discussion.
This survey was originally posted to a topic here.
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