Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Hillary gets the cracker vote!

According to the exit polls, West Virginia's voters revealed that they are the most racist in the country. Fully 20% of the white voters reported that race was a factor, and they voted for Clinton 84-10 over Obama.

Yes, that's where I went to school. I'm so proud.


Beneath the Carolina Moon said...

20% is an improvement over 40 years ago. Did you happen to catch what percentage of black voters consider race a factor, or hispanics or orientals, or native americans? If we're going to spread peanut butter, let's spread it evenly. Eh?

John McFetridge said...

there is a majority-minority difference to consider.

the good thing to see from this (voters of each race looking for "their own") is that everyone's starting to think like a minority - so someday maybe no one group will be 'dominant.'

It's just too bad the lines are being drawn along race instead of some kind of shared values. But one step at a time.

Beneath the Carolina Moon said...

Wait a minute. 20%? That means 80% SAID THAT IT DIDN'T MATTER? I found an older article that said 20% of Ohio voters said race matters. So 20% of the general population is racist? Okay that jives with 20% of WV whites being racist. According to Ohio, 20% of everybody is racist, which means the 80% of the rest of us aren't. So....umm..where's the story? David, your dog may be barking up the hooey tree this time.


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David Terrenoire said...

That's 20% who would admit that race was a factor. I might be barking up the wrong hooey tree, but my guess is that a few might have told the nice man that race had nothing to do with their vote, gosh no, and weren't being exactly truthful.

Just a guess.

And I remind you that I grew up in that part of the world.

As for the other end of the stick, I understand you wanting to spread the PB evenly, but it's not quite that simple.

For years, black people and women have been voting for one white man or another. This year, for the first time, women have had a chance to vote for a serious female candidate and black people for a black candidate. This is an historic moment and can't be seen through the same lense you would look through to see a vote for one white man over another.

Yes, I see your point, but there's more at work here.

Beneath the Carolina Moon said...

Okay. I see your point too. But as long as we keep weighing things this way, there will always be racism and sexism. I think that the fact that we are at this historic point says a lot about the positive progress that has been made over the last 50 years, which is about all I can speak to. As a seven year old I didn't understand racism any more than I understood algebra.

I work with various ethnic groups and believe me, racism isn't a product only sold in the white section of the super market. We still have a long row to hoe to chop out that weed, and Bubba isn't the only volume purchaser. As Dad used to say, "Two wrongs don't make a right."