Ed Wells column , “Election ’12′: This one was personal,” described President Obama’s re-election as a proud result of the persistent will of people of color. He wrote that blacks registered, went to the polls and overcame – what?
Apparently, the uncaring white-guy Republican Party mentioned in the column. Ed Wells views members of that party as the enemy and voted for the first time, against every Republican on the ballot.
I’m proud of what black Americans did to re-elect President Obama. There were no marches, no big speeches, no talking about what we were going to do. We just did it.
Well, Mr. Wells, I have news for you. People of color didn’t do it by themselves. President Obama was re-elected with lots of help from white people!
More whites (34 million) voted for Obama than all the people of color combined (27.4M) according the election results, while the president was elected by slightly more than 1% of the popular vote cast.
Approximately 120 million people voted on November 6th. Over 87 million of them were white and if 93% of whites had voted for the white candidate, as blacks did for Obama, Romney would have received 81 million votes, triple the votes of all people of color combined, who voted for Obama in the election - a total of 27.4M million blacks, Hispanics and Asians.
So Ed, where’s the thanks for the 34 million white men and women that pushed President Obama over the top on November 6th? It was only a “personal” issue to those who base every action, thought and deed on racial preference.
This election was personal for Ed and he claimed that “people of color are just as American, or more so, as some of the yahoos who have slammed the president and his programs.”
These “yahoos,” as you call them, didn’t slam the president because he is black, but because his programs haven’t worked - with unemployment at almost 8%, only 27% of Illinois teens had jobs last year, only 10% of Chicago black teens were employed.
Poverty has increased and 47 million people are on food stamps, the deficit increased by 50% during Obama’s term and the fiscal cliff is on the horizon. I know Mr. Wells, it’s that uncaring white-guy Republican Bush’s fault.
He also opined that as a result of the election the political table is now round, “and the traditional white male is no longer at the head (of the table)” and “where no one group is superior to the next.”
What you fail to understand Mr. Wells is that it isn’t the configuration of the political table or one’s position at the table that is important; it’s what you bring to the table. Everyone may have a seat at the table, but superiority is based on educational achievement, ambition, a stable and caring family structure, not simply because a group has a seat at the table.
That seat at the table is more than just political equality upon which this country is based, and any respect must be earned through sacrifice and hard work. The table may be round, everybody may work to prepare the food and everybody might eat, but someone has to pay for the food, set up the table and clean up after everyone is finished.
Mr. Wells wrote, “the Republican Party and their core group must be satisfied with only a seat at the table. Sure they get to eat but only their share and that “We the People” means all of us.”
If their share is what each group brings to the table, there will always be inequality unless those at the table live by the rule, “from each according to their ability, to each according to their needs.” That philosophy has never worked in a “free” society, Mr. Wells.