Regular readers know Friday, November 13, 2009 was indeed unlucky for me because it was the beginning of the end of my posting privileges at the Informed. Involved. Progressive. democratic blog of record, Left in Alabama, supposedly because of the content of my comments and other posts. EYE still think it was because of my non support of a gubernatorial candidate (which EYE ended up being right about). So from now until November 13, 2014, EYE will re post links to the posts EYE (pun intended) believe led to my being banned from Left in Alabama and let you decide.
Re-post #2 is a comment Eye made in response to this diary written by founder and blog administrator, mooncat: John Knight Backs Artur Davis
That's nice. Seriously though, this statement made by Knight (no pun) exemplifies the quandary some black voters (moi included) and established African Americans organizations like the ADC face regarding Davis's candidacy;
Knight said he's also proud that he is alive at a time when the state has an opportunity to elect a black man to the office of governor.On the one hand Knight says he' proud to be alive at a time when the state has an opportunity to elect a black man to the office of governor, but on the other hand he says "he's not running because he's black". Davis does the same thing. On the one hand he says the state has an opportunity to elect a black man as governor, but on the other hand he says it's not about race.
"And he's not running because he's black," Knight said. "He's running because he's qualified."
So what do black voters and African American political organizations do? Do we vote for him out of racial loyalty? Do we vote for him because he's qualified? Or,do we vote for him because he shares our political philosophy?
If black voters vote for him out of racial loyalty does that make us racist? Should blacks vote for him because he's qualified or because he's more qualified than his opponent? Why would black voters vote against their self interest and for a candidate who doesn't share their political philosophy?
With all due respect to Representative John Knight, if you ask the average James (opposite of Joe) who John Knight is they wouldn't know. If you ask the average James who the ADC is, they know. Does that make the ADC a Kingmaker? I don't know. But the ADC and voters like myself have to decide if we are going to back Artur Davis. In a perfect world we could vote for the candidate who represents our self interest.
One thing I will say about Davis's candidacy, it is pitting democrat vs democrat, white vs black, conservative vs liberal, white progressives vs black progressives, pro choice vs anti choice, north AL vs south AL, rural voters vs urban voters. And some call me "divisive"? Go figure.So, tell me what was wrong with the content of that comment?
The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die.~Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D. MA)