By now, it is clear to most thinking people in America that Barack Obama is more than just a “Black” candidate. He is a candidate of importance to a very broad audience.
Thinking people also realize that thanks to Hillary Clinton and her camp’s race baiting, Barack has had to deal with the issue of race in a direct, unexpected and unassailable fashion, demonstrating clearly that he is a statesman of presidential caliber.
Hillary and her now transparently racist husband had no idea what Senator Obama would come to represent to America.
And not just to Black America.
In fact, someone should outline what Obama represents to White America.
Okay, I’ll do it.
I knew that there was something different at work when Obama whipped On Clinton in Iowa, a state I understand after having attended college there (University of Iowa).
What I understand is that Iowa is largely made up of college towns.
And what I also understand is that Midwestern college towns typically hold progressive young students and surprisingly, many open-minded adults, even though, ironically, on the outskirts of many college towns, such as Iowa City, racism rears its ugly head on the red necks of dirt farmers who haven’t quite let go of Jim Crow sentiments.
Obviously, the educated are more apt to vote and more likely to understand the stakes of this election, which is why young Whites joined Blacks in Iowa in making a statement about the state of the nation.
They want change.
And they are happy to embrace that change in the form of a Black presidential candidate.
Primarily, if we are honest with ourselves, we realize that America would change dramatically if it elects a Black president, because he or she would represent a sharp shift in racial attitudes and racial tolerance. Obama’s election would bring about more tolerance, but just as importantly, more national pride amongst Blacks, many of who still cast a distrustful eye at the nation’s actions and policies where people of color are concerned.
Secondly, perceptions of America would change across the world if a nation with the ugly history of racism that this country owns shows itself progressive enough to elevate a person of color to its highest office.
And, please allow me to point out the unavoidable fact that it took someone like Barack Obama to bring such potential.
Barack is not Jesse Jackson, nor is he Al Sharpton, two of the nation’s most self-serving poverty pimps. He is not a race-baiter, nor is he a religious figure who shouts and panders to racist ideas to garner media attention and personal gain. More importantly, he is an experienced politician.
As such, he represents something viable and real for Whites understanding the healing potential for America embodied in a president of color.
White American racism and hypocrisy are known and hated the world over. A Black president would represent a diversion from White minority domination through racial preference and would allow Whites in America to once and for all repent on the world stage for historical racism.
But they can do it without compromising any standards as everyone knew would have to take place in order to take Jackson or Sharpton seriously.
For Whites who are outright racist or Whites who have reservations about the ability of Blacks to run the nation, Obama would lay those reservations to rest with a qualified and positive presidency. To alter the racist stupidity of even a handful of ignorant Whites would be powerful.
For Negroes who are mired in self-hate and self-doubt, Obama would allay their fears, some of which are mirror image of the fears of Whites who have zero faith in the abilities of African Americans. To alter those foolish Negroes who would rather vote for Hilary than “place Obama in danger of being shot” would also be powerful.
Of course, there are some drawbacks.
While Obama would pay attention to the needs of African Americans, he would do so as any good president would do-without bias or imbalance.
Unfortunately, this may not sit well with some African Americans who want Barack Obama to be a “Black President,” which is not only impossible, but impractical.
For being the president of the entire land, he will certainly catch hell from some Blacks.
And, any of us would be morons to believe that there aren’t some racist boneheads who just can’t and/or won’t deal with a Black man at the helm of the free world.
But, really, that’s why Barack Obama is so important.
The closest America ever came to bridging such an important gap in its racial conflict and confusion came in the form of Colin Powell.
Obama is not only relevant but important to young Whites who grew up in a world with African American friends, multicultural schools and more tolerance than any other generation.
He is important because his biracial heritage represents more Americans than does the rich, White Hillary Clinton.
And, Hillary has run into a wall that is really a backlash against radical feminism.
White men who see the damage of radical feminist propaganda are rejecting Hillary and are joined by young White women who see that feminism has run its course of productivity and is now destructive to relationships in far too many instances.
But more importantly, Whites who see that Obama harkens back to the days of presidents with integrity have opened their minds to the real possibility that this Black man can really bring about a change.
So, in addition to the African Americans and other races who are riding the Obama train because they believe that this man of integrity can bring something good and something different, a significant group of White Americans have faith that an African in America can take charge of the nation and do what is best for all Americans.
Obama as president carries great meaning for many Americans.
Darryl James n is an award-winning author of the forthcoming powerful anthology “Notes From The Edge.” Discounted Autographed and Numbered Pre-Release copies can be ordered at www.darryljames.com. He released his first mini-movie, “Crack,” and this year, will release his first full-length documentary. View previous installments of this column at www.bridgecolumn.proboards36.com. Reach James at djames@theBlackgendergap.com.