Well Done, America.
Although I would have preferred to see Cynthia McKinney, since Abraxas pointed her out to me, in the race with anything like a chance.
When push comes to shove, in present-day politics we’re dealing in the Abusers’ game, so one strategy would be to try to minimise the harm they can do. In that light, I completely agree with voting Barack Obama.
Here’s an interesting take on race, which has been looming large in this election: from the South African perspective, Obama is not Black, he’s Coloured.
Here in the former home of Apartheid, we continue to be obsessive about race – and that means that we have a system of many ways to classify a person according to their ancestry.
Isn’t it odd how, to claim White status, you have to have a proven lineage of White ancestors for at least- oh, I dunno – three generations, maybe four, but just one non-White progenitor makes you automatically Black? Or Coloured, as we would have it here?
Obama has a very close relation who is White – his mother, in fact. But that doesn’t, apparently make him White. It makes him Black.
How strange we are – it’s as if one drop of Black blood makes you into the Other.
And does it take a South African to be unafraid to raise this peculiarity of ours?
Pic: More from the Beltane Fire Society