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The news media continues in its quest to make the presidential primaries a racist contest. Granted, a bunch of Americans voted for Sen. Barack Obama because they feel comfortable with someone of their own skin color.
Many years ago, all radios in black neighborhoods were tuned to Madison Square Garden where Joe Louis battled a white opponent for boxing world's championship.
Forgotten, was the support of white fans when Joe took on Max Schmelling, a white man, but also a German citizen. Seems it was a case in favor of an American over a foreigner.
Now, there is a U.S. senator from the state of Illinois, who happens to be black, running against a former U.S. senator from North Carolina, born in South Carolina who happens to be white.
There was a time when battle lines would be drawn between a homegrown Southerner and an Illinois Yankee.
Well, at least we have moved on, to some degree.
Finally, South Carolina Democratic Party voters were given a rare opportunity, vote for a woman, a former First Lady, with ties to NAFTA so instrumental in the closing of area textile plants; vote for a native son who wears cotton mill poverty on his shirt sleeves, but lived as well as most of us whose families worked in the mills; or a fellow from up North, who has some new ideas for the betterment of all Americans, young and old.
Apparently, based upon the recent primary results in South Carolina, just plain, ordinary folks of various skin tones felt hope for change was the better alternative.
Politics is certainly like that box of chocolates, you just never know until you open it.
Lord have mercy on us.