Journo John Ridley today took on people’s claims that Colin Powell endorsed Barack Obama because they’re both black. In debunking those arguments, Ridley points out that Powell has never endorsed previous – and less famous – black candidates in the past.
The commentator then provides this run down:
…A person of color has run for the White House in every presidential election over the last 24 years: Jesse Jackson in 1984 and 1988. Gov. Douglas Wilder of Virginia in 1992. Former ambassador and conservative activist Alan Keyes of Maryland in 1996 and 2000. Former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois and the Rev. Al Sharpton of New York in 2004.
Ridley’s argument reminded us of something – there is another black man in this race: Keyes, who must be feeling pretty low right now. Because, you know, if Powell endorsed Obama because he’s black, Keyes got the shaft.
(Also, don’t forget Cynthia McKinney, the black Congresswoman who’s currently running on the Green Party ticket.)