We've got 46 million people uninsured in this country despite spending more money on health care than any nation on earth. It makes no sense. As a consequence, we've got what's known as a health care disparity in this nation because many of the uninsured are African American or Latino. Life expectancy is lower. Almost every disease is higher within minority communities. The health care gap.Nevermind that it makes perfect sense to one who's able to set aside preconceived notions in favor of a little empiricism.
The media watchdog should be focusing on how an Illinois' Senator strongly insinuated that the healthcare mechanisms in place for racial minorities in the US are inferior to those enjoyed by whites, when he meant to exclude Asians from his stereotyping!
Asian-Americans can expect to live more than six years longer than the average US resident can. They suffer from higher rates of tuberculosis and chlamydia than whites do, but fare better when it comes to AIDS, gonorrhea, lyme disease, and salmonella poisoning, to name a few. The Asian-American combined overweight/obesity rate is 37.1%. Whites come in as the runners-up, at a distant 57.8%. Obama should've strictly demagogued healthcare coverage rates, where Asians do better than other minorities but worse than whites.
With Jesse Jackson standing beside him, he sounded like Steve Harvey, heavy on the biblical references, comparing the white America of my grandparents to the Egyptian Pharoahs in Exodus, and mentioning on several occasions that he too was involved in the bloody trenches of the civil rights struggle.
I don't want to pick on Obama (if a sugar ant can pick on a celestial being). He conducts himself well enough as far as I can tell. He has the precarious job of trying to sell his credentials to the black community without souring his potential appeal to white voters.
A black class act is a rarity in the Democratic Party, where black politicans wisely leverage their racial composition to sell themselves as defenders of the 'community' (verbally, the racial adjective is usually left out)--communities that are usually majority-black. The African American face of the Democratic Party is seen by looking at Sheila Jackson Lee and Charlie Rangel, and at activists on the Democratic side like Jackson and Al Sharpton.
On the GOP side, black leaders are those people whom most middle class white Americans would be happy to call in-laws: Colin Powell, JC Watts, Clarence Thomas, Condoleeza Rice. Black leaders in the Republican Party must do the opposite of their brethren across the aisle, downplaying the race factor and the 'hood credentials, as their bases of support are overwhelmingly white.
That's not to pass judgment on blacks in either party. I'm focusing on veneer. Both strategies make Machiavellian sense. Obama's dilemma is that to have a chance at coming out on top in the Democratic primaries, he'll have to employ the tactics of black Democrats, as he did in Selma over the weekend. To win a year from November, on the other hand, will require the markings of the conventional black Republican, markings that he's enjoyed mostly without challenge thus far in.