On this, the eve of Super Tuesday - the closest thing to a national presidential primary that we have - I thought it was time to stop wavering, to stop waffling, to "be a man" and take a stand on this close and often contentious Democratic political primary. At the chance of shocking many of you who have followed my commentary and writing here over the last year or so, I felt I had to do as some of our members have counseled me. I had to ignore my heart and emotions and choose a candidate who most closely matches my perspective on the issues and who I think has the best shot at doing the most for African America. I've done that and that process helped inform my thinking for this endorsement.
Well, people, I don't want to shock you and I hope you won't hold this endorsement against me. This site has been a constant source of intellectual stimulation and affection for me since we "opened the doors" here in April 2002. I really would never do anything to alienate myself from our members. So I write the following with just a bit of trepidation and concern.
First, let me say, I clearly recognize the limitations of our political system and the government to solve the fundamental problems within African America. I realize that, in some ways, with Barack's candidacy we're talking about symbolism as much as anything. Look - I understand the deal as well as anyone about our plight in this country and Barack's ability to impact that. Barack is no revolutionary, he's just one of the best brothas to ever play the political game here - certainly at the presidential level. That said, I have a fundamental belief that our system, however caustic generally, can be a meaningful vehicle for progress and growth for African America. I also do not understate the value of "symbolism" to positively impact peoples' lives. In that spirit, I felt like I had to make a decision on this race. I had to take a stand.
Ladies and gentlemen, the wait is over: I officially endorse Barack Obama for president of the United States of America. Negroes please! It's not even close!!!
In Barack we have a black man who, at his core, understands the black community, who has lived the black experience, who is married to a strong and dynamic black woman, who has bright and precocious black children, who attends an enthusiastically black church, who has successfully represented a black legislative district in his home state, who has worked for black people in his career, and who has consistently fought for black interests. Beyond that, Barack Obama also represents the greatest opportunity that our nation has to bring together the most diverse, most inclusive, most productive coalition of Americans of anyone left in the race. He brings this group together not only to move affirmatively toward winning the White House, but also to "fix" a lot of what ails this nation. To be sure, in his over-all plan to "fix" what is wrong with Washington, I believe that African America will - by far - find the most positive hearing of any president ever.
Barack Obama is not only African America's, but he is America's, best shot at cutting through the political undergrowth in Washington and actually getting something done for the people of this country. His civility and humanity, as well as his judgment and vision leave him miles ahead of anyone else in the race. Think about it: how can someone who is a direct product of the refuse in DC realistically presume to clean it up themselves?
Folks, if you are interested in having a president of the United States who will give African America the greatest chance at taking the biggest steps on our long journey toward social and economic justice ever, then Barack Obama should also be your choice for president as well. Beyond that, for every young black child under an Obama administration who's personal expectations are raised because he or she sees someone in the White House who looks just like them, I say we all should enthusiastically vote for Barack.
This is a unique time in history. Barack has proven his "black bona fides". He's got my support; I encourage you to support him too!