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  1. Are you voting “for” or “against” someone? In her Chicago Sun Times column* (May 15, 2008), Mary Mitchell says “its one thing to vote for a candidate out of racial or gender pride and another to vote against a candidate because of race and gender.” That’s the primary difference in African Americans voting for Obama and white, working class voters in Pennsylvania and Indiana who voted for Clinton saying they would never vote for a Black person.

    I also believe that many people overlook that fact that African American voters also believe that Obama is qualified — he’s smart, experienced, an excellent organizer and represents the possibility of hope. There have been African American presidential candidates in the past who have not garnered this kind of “overwhelming” support among African American voters.

    * http://www.suntimes.com/news/mitchell/951269,CST-NWS-mitch15.article

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