Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Ethical Voters can EDUCATE a Progressive candidate like Obama

After I posted this last week, I began to read Obama's Dreams from My Father.

It is a complex, highly nuanced, authentic sounding account.
Will the US electorate be smart enough to elect him?

Will the media with its lack of nuanced reporting and editorializing defeat him?

Chithra Karunakaran

Ethical democracy and an ethical candidacy are the need of the hour.
We need ethical debate.It’s important that Barack Obama continue to speak as he did about educational inequities for Blacks and other ‘minority majorities’ of color (when we stand together we are a majority). It’s important that Obama continue to mention Jena because it has become a national symbol of continuing racial hatred/bias/prejudice by a whole new generation of whites against blacks.

The mis-education and dis-information fed to the shop-until-they-drop American public by their white-controlled media ( see Bill Moyers of PBS, on the FCC) and their government as well as some of the current candidates will no doubt continue unabated.

But candidates like Obama can speak authentically about racism and inequity even if they might have been generationally too young to directly take leadership in the civil rights struggles of the 60’s.
Maybe Obama should have said “Everybody has got a WHITE sheep in the family.” when he referred to that white supremacist and neo-imperialist Dick Cheney. That would have got the attention of his supporters and the media.
It would have reversed the stereotype and jogged people’s thinking.
People get the government they deserve. It is up to progressive voters to educate progressive candidates like Obama so that he will continue to address/offer solutions on issues of economic justice, civil rights, healthcare, housing and education, foreign policy (with the US as an ethically responsible player not a predatory one).
Chithra KarunaKaran

— Posted by Chithra KarunaKaran

Chithra KarunaKaran
Ethical Democracy As Lived Practice

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