Sunday, September 14, 2008

Let's Set The Record Straight - Obama Is Not The Only (or First) Black Person To Run For President Now Or Ever

Barack Obama is not the only black person running for president in 2008! Cynthia McKinney, former Democratic Congresswoman from Georgia, was chosen as the Green Party's nominee for President at that party's National Convention in Chicago on July 12, 2008. She also received the endorsement of the Workers World Party in July.

So where is Charlie Gibson? How come he isn't interviewing this black woman?

Another black man currently running for president on the American Independent ticket is Alan Keyes.

Republican Alan Keyes of Maryland, is a former assistant secretary of state and former U.N. ambassador. He ran twice for the GOP presidential nomination: once in 1996 and again in 2000. He is an announced candidate for his party's nomination this year : America's Independent Party.

They may be third party candidates, and you may not agree with their politics, but they have made history as well - and they are wholly being ignored. Shame on the media.

I guess if you are not Democrat or Republican you are invisible.
The media controls this country and your choices.

In an article, Pioneers in presidential race By BONNIE V. WINSTON - there is an interesting historical account of 13 black people who have been nominated to run for vice president or president in this country going back to 1880!

Bonnie Winston writes:
"As U.S. Sen. Barack Obama heads toward history as the man who could become the nation's first African-American president, he stands, as the adage goes, on the shoulders of others.

Indeed, the 46-year-old Democrat from Illinois with a law degree from Harvard University who is electrifying voters in party primaries and caucuses across the country, is at least the 13th African-American to run for president of the United States."
Blanche Kelso Bruce

Blanche Kelso Bruce, the U.S. senator from Mississippi who was nominated for vice president from the floor of the Republican national convention in 1880! Blanche Bruce was born a slave in Virginia in 1841 and he was the second African-American in the U.S. Senate. He advocated for civil rights for blacks, Native Americans, Chinese immigrants and former Confederates.

(Page 639 in the transcript of the proceedings of the 1880 Republican convention shows Bruce in nomination for Vice President- Chester Arthur went on to win the votes in the nomination along with James Garfield for President)

In 1872 the first African-American nominated for vice president was Frederick Douglass. Suffragist Victoria Claflin Woodhull ran as president with him on the Equal Rights Party ticket.

George Edwin Taylor, a Wisconsin newspaperman and labor champion ran for president in 1904 on the National Liberty Party.

Bonnie Winston wrote:
"George Taylor ran on a platform of "true liberty" for all people, as outlined in the Constitution, that included universal suffrage, equal protection through anti-lynching laws, pensions for ex-slaves and political representation for citizens of the District of Columbia...

In 1968, the Rev. Channing E. Phillips of Washington, a pastor, community activist and civil rights leader, became the next nominee. The pastor of Lincoln Congregational Temple United Church of Christ led the D.C. delegation to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. The delegation had been pledged to Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, but after the senator's assassination, it nominated Phillips as a favorite son. He received 67½ votes. Phillips was a graduate of Virginia Union University and was briefly on the staff there in 1974. His nomination at the tumultuous convention ushered in the modern era of American politics and African-American presidential nominees who are more widely remembered.

In 1972, Congresswoman Shirley B. Chisholm of New York became the first African-American woman nominated for president. She was a contender for the Democratic Party's nod, with her name appearing on primary ballots in 12 states. At the party's national convention in Miami, she received 152 votes.

In 1984, the Rev. Jesse Jackson of Chicago made his first bid for the Democratic nomination for president, with his keynote speech at the national convention in San Francisco stirring a "rainbow" of people disaffected by the policies of Republican President Ronald Reagan. The Rainbow Coalition solidified into a political organization Jackson used in 1988 to make a more formidable run for the Democratic nomination. He won 11 Democratic Party primaries and caucuses, including Virginia's, which was held on the nation's first Super Tuesday, garnering 7 million votes in the process. At the party's 1988 national convention in Atlanta, Jackson won 1,218½ votes the second highest behind party nominee Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis.

Also running for president in 1988 was Lenora B. Fulani of New York, a psychologist and social activist, who held top slot on the New Alliance Party's ticket. She is the first African-American to get on the ballot for president in all 50 states. She ran again in 1992.

Closer to home, Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, who had made history nearly two years earlier as the nation's first elected African-American governor, flirted with a presidential bid. In September 1991, he announced that he was seeking the Democratic nomination for president but pulled out of the race just four months later, in January 1992, with an underfunded campaign and growing monetary woes back in the commonwealth.

During the crowded 2004 contest, two African-Americans were among a 10-person field seeking the Democratic presidential nomination: former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois and the Rev. Al Sharpton of New York, a longtime political activist. Braun, a lawyer who served as ambassador to New Zealand, made history in 1992 as the first African-American woman elected to the U.S. Senate. She joined the presidential nomination race in early 2003 but dropped out just days before the Iowa caucuses in early 2004. Head of the National Action Network, Sharpton campaigned for about 14 months before withdrawing from the race and supporting the party's eventual nominee, U.S. Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts. His best showing in any of the primaries was second place in the D.C. primary, where he won 20 percent of the vote.

Other African-Americans have mounted brief presidential campaigns, but none have reached serious proportions. For example, in 1968, Eldridge Cleaver, then minister of information of the Black Panther Party, and comedian-turned-civil rights activist Dick Gregory shared the presidential nominations of the Peace & Freedom Party. Cleaver was on the ballot in at least five states and got about 10,000 votes; Gregory got almost 50,000 votes in the nine states where he was on the ballot."
It makes me wonder why the media is hiding black politics and trying to paint Barack Obama as the first or the only black man to make political history. The creators of Black History month should be outraged, as should every Black American in this country who knows anything about American history.

That's your history lesson for today - don't be fooled by the media or the Obama hype. Oh, and all of these people ran on a platform of "change" in one way, shape, or form. So that's nothing new either.

One thing is for certain, you will not find any third party candidates in any of the upcoming debates. Perhaps we should all be asking why.