So I've been reading lately that it's looking like many of the black conservatives are going to ditch the GOP to vote for Obama.
So when it comes right down to it, race trumps belief? That's what it's looking like.
Armstrong Williams who is a black conservative talk show host has never voted for the Democrats before. That could very well change with this upcoming election. He said:
"I don't necessarily like his policies; I don't like much that he advocates, but for the first time in my life, history thrusts me to really seriously think about it. I can honestly say I have no idea who I'm going to pull that lever for in November. And to me, that's incredible."
Ya, incredible all right. Dump your beliefs for color.
So there's a conflict going on here with Black Republicans. They love the idea of a Black President but are wrestling with the fact they don't agree with Obama's policies.
Williams acknowledged that he is being told privately by black conservatives they will have a hard time voting against Obama come fall.
McCain and the GOP are going to have a tough time getting much of the black vote which is not surprising. Usually the blacks lean heavily towards the Dems anyhow even with two whites going against each other. But now with Obama running, it will be next to impossible for a while older man to even think of garnering the black vote.
But he's trying. McCain will meet with the NAACP at their annual convention next month. Nevertheless this is going to be a tall order trying to win over the black vote.
Right now two other well known black leaders in the GOP have come out saying they are not ruling out voting for Obama. Colin Powell and J.C. Watts have both come out saying they are considering voting with the black voters for Obama and by doing so would very well be voting against their own party.
Some may remember Joseph C. Phillips from the Cosby show. He appeared as Denise Huxtable's Navy Lt. husband. Anyhow he's calling himself an "Obamacan" which stands for an Obama Republican although he does admit he wavers back and forth.
Phillips seems to be wrestling still with the decision, as it seems, by his following comment:
"We have to not judge him based on his race, but on his desirability as a political candidate," he said. "And based on that, I have a lot of disagreements with him on a lot of issues. I go back and forth."
Although many blacks may vote for color instead of platform not all black leaders around the country feel this way. James T. Harris, a Milwaukee radio talk show host and public speaker feels quite the opposite. He said he opposes Obama "with love in my heart."
"We are of the same generation. He's African American and I'm an American of African descent. We both have lovely wives and beautiful children," Harris said. "Other than that, we've got nothing in common. I hope he loses every state."
Still many are being swayed by color. For some this is a way for them to take part in a historic moment. So when it comes to pushing that leaver or marking that x in the fall they will have to ask themselves a question. Am I willing to sacrifice my beliefs for the color of my skin?
And we too should ask, what would we do in this situation?