African-American Writers Sounding Resigned to Obama's Defeat

The African-American press has decided to help Obama by threatening all-out race war in America if McCain wins.  In other words, vote for Obama or die.

Last week, Fatimah Ali, a radical black writer, wrote in the Philadelphia News that if McCain wins, there will be a full-scale race war.  

If McCain wins, look for a full-fledged race and class war, fueled by a deflated and depressed country, soaring crime, homelessness - and hopelessness!

In Sunday's Washington Post, Randall Kennedy, also African-American, hinted at racial violence if Obama loses.

I anticipate that most black Americans will believe that an Obama defeat will have stemmed in substantial part from a prejudice that robbed 40 million Americans of the chance to become president on the day they were born black . . . This conclusion will be accompanied by bitter disappointment, and in some quarters, stark rage.

So much for appealing to people's greatest hopes. 

I feel for Mr. Kennedy.  His closing paragraphs are both touching and sad.  He seems resigned to the fact that Obama will lose and that, in losing, will prove to many a symbol of failure for blacks in America. 

I feel sorry for him and for other blacks who will be devastated by Obama's loss: not because they "deserve" a black President--no one deserves an identification President.  But because the first African-American to win his party's nomination was unquestionably the wrong guy.  Obama is weak and flawed.  He was rushed into the position, and he wasn't ready. 

I wish I could say that I understand how Kennedy feels.  I can't, of course.  I'm white and Irish and Catholic. But there will be a black President, and he or she will be the right one.  Providence has a way of visiting upon America the leader we need at just the right moment.  The 90s were perfect for Clinton--nothing to do but steer the ship.  The 80s perfect for Reagan--a Cold War needed to end and our self-esteem needed a boost.  Carter allowed Reagan to win.  Bush 43 had the cold anger to push Islamofascist terrorism to the brink of extinction.  Roosevelt reassured Americans and might have prevented all-out communism from taking hold in America. 

I hope there isn't a race war on November 5.  But I won't vote Democrat just because it's threatened.  Nor would I vote Democrat out of guilt or to make Kennedy feel better about himself.  That's like letting someone win a game of one-on-one.  No one deserves that kind of insult.