Thursday, October 19, 2006

Richmond Voice endorses George Allen

Central Virginia's largest African-American newspaper has surprisingly endorsed George Allen for Senator. Apparently they don't believe the stories about Allen being a racist. Funny how a bunch of white guys in the Webb campaign think Allen's a racist while so many black democrats see Allen as a better Senator.

From the Voice:

This has been an election year in which Blacks have had to listen to allegations about which U.S. Senate candidate is a racist, who said the n-word, and so forth. It is sad that when they talk about Black people, it’s only in the context of these trivialities and not about the issues that affect the everyday lives of Black folks.

So this black newspaper has taken the Lowell and the gang at the Webb campaign to task for pretending they care more about vague recollections from 30 years ago than the real issues.

There are myriad issues that should be dominating conversations—how to ensure that our children grow up in safe, drug free and crime free neighborhoods; how to guarantee an equal playing field for our small businesses when it comes to getting government contracts; how to change the schools in our neighborhoods so they can all pass benchmarks; how to fight the HIV/AIDS ravage of our community; and how to help single parents discontinue the cycle of poverty that governs their lives.

And those are issues that are also important to white Americans, and to most Virginians, except apparently the Webb campaign, who is much more interested in deer heads and people cursing playing cards (and also fishing without a license -- that's a real big issue to the Webbies).

History has shown us that when we are out of sight, we are out of mind. When the elections are over, you just might be out of mind. And if only the campaign was dominated with real issues, at least you would know that you said your piece before you were out of mind.

It was refreshing to learn that state Sen. Benjamin Lambert III had stepped out of the box and was thinking for himself instead of letting his political affiliation think for him. Regardless of what you think, what he did was gigantic because the Democratic Party has always had a noose around Black folks’ necks.

While Lowell and the Webb campaign focused on Allen having a noose in his office years ago, the people at the Richmond Voice are concerned about the noose that people like those in the Webb campaign have used to keep black people in line. And while they recognise the courage of Lambert, the Webb campaign sent their paid bloggers out to trash the man in an attempt to ruin his reputation, simply for speaking his mind rather than touting the Webb party line.

Bishop Gerald O. Glenn of Chesterfield County also spoke out against race baiting, and this newspaper, always an independent thinker, is speaking out too.

We can’t live in the past forever, we must build new bridges and our first step across the bridge is to endorse Sen. George Allen, who is running for re-election. The past allows our slave masters to always tell us how to vote, and this newspaper is doing its part in breaking away from the slave shackles.

Sen. Allen’s record with the Black community may have started out blotchy, but we feel that he has learned the most about what is important to the Black community. We don’t have to justify our endorsement, but we want to tell our readers that a new breeze is blowing and you can either join it or stay shackled in the past.

They care about results, not transparent attempts by the Webb campaign to scare them into voting for the Democrat who otherwise has said NOTHING about how he thinks about any issues of importance to their community.

Unlike the Washington Post, who could care less that Webb shows no interest in Virginia and has done nothing to obtain any grasp of domestic issues, the Richmond Voice staff see that Allen has been good on issues of importance to their community.

And they actually think that choosing a Senator with a proven record of accomplishment is better for them than choosing a guy who "acknowledges" having a steep learning curve but who has, according to the Washington post, done little to actually DO the learning needed.

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