Time and time again, you hear accusations of the “race card” being played.Oftentime it’s debatable whether or not that was really the case. For instance, there was ample reason to bring up race in O.J. Simpson’s murder trial because of folks like Mark Fuhrman. That made a whole lot of sense to me. But in the case of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s appointment of Roland Burris to replace Barack Obama in the Senate, I don’t see the purpose of bringing up the skin color of Burris. Rep.Bobby Rush was being completely candid & honest when he pointed out that there would be no African-Americans in the Senate if the Burris pick was rejected. But,that speaks to the ongoing problem with race that still plagues America. Remember the CD that Republican National Committee chairman candidate Chip Saltsman sent to his fellow RNC members? You know,the one with the infamous “Barack the Magic Negro” song on it.
Bobby Rush should have focused on Roland Burris’s accomplishments instead of his race. Roland Burris is qualified to replace Obama. He should get it based on merit, not race.This is truly an instance where the “race card” is being played. I don’t think that this should be about putting another African-American in the one seat that was vacated. It should be about putting a qualified person in Obama’s Senate seat. And if they happen to be African-American then that’s great! I think this was Gov. Blagojevich’s way of trying to force his pick down everyone’s throat.
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