Monday, January 05, 2009
This kind of discussion is unfortunate, and it hurts the African-American community. The idea that one has to be "black enough" to qualify for political office is as narrow-minded as an ethnic group wanting someone to be "Irish-enough" or "Polish-enough." From a communications standpoint, there is no gain in pushing for someone who passes a skin-color and culture test. It is also un-American. While it is understandable that African-Americans want one of their own, what they should be looking for is a person who knows the community's issues and is willing to fight on their behalf. That makes the difference and doesn't hold back or stereotype the community. Communication is action more than image.