I'm interested to know what Brotha or Sista if any would feel okay with Dean, after this exchange:
quote: A heated exchange between the candidates erupted when Cooper asked former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean to clarify his recent remark that he wanted to be the candidate for "guys with Confederate flags on their pickup trucks."
"Martin Luther King said that it was his dream that the sons of slaveholders and the sons of slaves sit down around a table and make common good," Dean said.
The Rev. Al Sharpton said, "First of all, Martin Luther King said, 'Come to the table of brotherhood.' You can't bring a Confederate flag to the table of brotherhood."
Sharpton went on to address Dean: "You are not a bigot, but you appear to be too arrogant to say, 'I'm wrong,' and go on."
Dean did not back down: "We're not going to win this country, and even worse, Democrats, if we don't have a big tent."
Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina later said, "Unless I missed something, Governor Dean still has not said he was wrong. Were you wrong, Howard?"
"No, I wasn't, John Edwards, because people who vote who fly the Confederate flag, I think they are wrong because I think the Confederate flag is a racist symbol," Dean said.
This came from the debate via CNN. thanks Keylargo.
On a totally different not,Key, have you been to Keylargo, and if so do you plan to relocate. I kinda look at it like being in the carribean. What's your view?
I still think the others are making too big a deal out of the confederate flag statement made by Dean.
Some of the candidates are making a big deal out of Dean wanting to get the "confederate flag carrying" voters. They are saying that he's racially insensitive. I think Dean has the right idea. We need all the votes we can get if we want to beat Bush next year. We need to reach out to people that we haven't reached out to before and Dean's doing that. Even racist americans have the same basic needs as minorities. As long as Dean continues to acknowledge that racism is real and that programs like affirmative action are still necessary, then I don't have a problem with him.
Bringing minorities and the "good ole boys" from the South together under one umbrella may be just what this country needs. You don't fight racism by turning your back on it. You fight it by facing it head on and I believe that Dean knows that. Now mind you, he's not actively trying to change the beliefs of the racist folks of the South. He's showing that we all have common goals and that we all want the same things for our children. That just reinforces that we all need to stick together.
In case you haven't heard, the Republicans won the governor races last night in the South. I would much rather have Dean court the Southern racist voters then have the Republicans succeed at it.
Now about Keylargo, yes I've been. I really like the Keys. I wouldn't want to live there but it's a nice get away. There is not much going on in the Florida Keys. There are not many jobs unless you open your own business. Also, it's more rural then urban. I'm a city girl so it's not for me.
As I've said before, I'm not for Dean and definintely not for Clark. Neither one has impressed upon me what they can do to make the country better, let alone make Black America better. Clark isn't even a Democrat! Dean is lukewarm at his best. I'm in agreement with Our Empowerment, I'm voting for who will do their best for Black people. Neither one of these two I just mentioned are cutting the mustard.
Our people have made the mistake of confusing the methods with the objectives. As long as we agree on objectives, we should never fall out with each other just because we believe in different methods, or tactics, or strategy. We have to keep in mind at all times that we are not fighting for separation. We are fighting for recognition as free humans in this society Malcolm X, 1965
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