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In this video, African American church leaders in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia share their views on the Democratic candidates and issues ahead of Tuesday's Potomac Primary. The piece was produced by Washington Post reporter Hamil Harris and washingtonpost.com video journalists Ben de la Cruz and Pierre Kattar.

Posted at 10:12 PM ET on Feb 11, 2008  | Category:  Video Report
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...and what PhilTR said.

Posted by: zukermand | February 12, 2008 11:50 AM

"We saw him being attacked unfairly...that was a turning point in the AA community..."

I read and hear this a lot, it is a very serious charge. It seems if one is to charge someone with racism, particularly someone with a long positive track record on civil rights, the burden of substantiation ought to be very high for the accuser. Sadly, that is not the case with the casual slander regularly aimed at the Clintons.

We really ought to be more careful, particularly those of us given public platforms to express our views. I also take issue with the Washington Post reprinting and rebroadcasting such specious charges without qualification.

Posted by: zukermand | February 12, 2008 11:49 AM

Although the WaPo tries to do a balanced piece here, I'm afraid it may be lost on the black electorate. What jumped out at me was the call for "substance over symbolism". This may be the hope of the pulpit but, it won't be the reality as past exit polls reveal.

What is obvious but remains unspoken is that the data generated by the exit polls and other sources suggests that blacks are 3 times more likely to vote for a black candidate given two equally attractive choices, one black and one white. The seeds of much racial animus lie here.

This manifestation was made possible and encouraged by the reactions of key black figures to four key incidents. Hillary's LBJ observation that King's civil rights goals required presidential involvement, the Shaheen comment after the New Hampshire primary that the Republicans would use Barack's history against him, the Wolfson utterance of the word "cocaine" during a previous minute discussion of Barack's drug history, and Bill's observation after the South Carolina primary the Barack and Jesse Jackson both ran good campaigns. Were a white candidate being discussed all four incidents would have fallen of deaf ears. Instead they were purposely focused and shaped into racial slurs. Why? To galvanize the black vote using racial animus.

These incidents were amplified through the MSM who ruminated incessantly about them for days on end in essence doing the heavy lifting for Barack's handlers. Why? The Press is promoting a knife fight down the road and is selling tickets (ad space).

Cooler heads remained perplexedly silent as the drama unfolded in the MSM. Why? It fit in with their overall objective of polarizing the black community behind Barack.

Posted by: PhilTR | February 12, 2008 9:43 AM

Write in candidates can win this year more than ever, with 90% of the eligible voters boycotting the parties for failing to impeach Bush and Cheney and end the war, that means only 10% of the voters vote Repub. or Democrat. Now in a three way race a writein needs only two large electoral college states. So people, nation, pls web browse "Jim Ellis for President", It may be crazy, but voting the people who refused to stop Bush/Cheney is either voting for the Complicit, or the inept, or the too career-concerned to stand up for right! So vote for this brave disabled veteran who doesnt have a career to worry about and a nation he cares about enough to save. Google "JIM ELLIS FOR PRESIDENT" or email Fa1thful1@aol.com for more info! http://www.webjam.com/jimellisforpresident/jimellisforpresident Citizens recliam the USA, dont let congress and Bush/Cheney steal it! Stand up for veterans, your homes and our future,teach ourn kids lying is wrong no matter who does it, even Bush!

Posted by: Fa1thful1 | February 12, 2008 2:35 AM

The fact that most of the nation doesnt even vote proves that people are tired of politicians from two partys who struggle over two conflicting idealisms. The tug of war to get their party candidate in the whitehouse. Since the Veterans Admin has decided to deny my unemployability status, this Gulf War Veteran decided to start a grassroots campaign to get writein votes. And ask everyone to do the same for Congress and the Senate. Create a plurality to force the facts rather than party or other corporate interests to determine debate. Get an independent in the whitehouse to babysit the Congress and Senate, out of touch with the poor in Govt. For more please cut/paste/click on: http://www.webjam.com/jimellisforpresident/jimellisforpresident/jim_ellis_for_veterans

Posted by: Fa1thful1 | February 12, 2008 2:22 AM

Does anyone remember the old Foghorn Leghorn cartoon? He would pick Barnyard Dog up by the tail and tear his butt up with a fencepost...I can't help but be reminded of it watching returns come in. Hillary should get out while she still has some dignity.

Posted by: gmundenat | February 12, 2008 2:05 AM

Does anyone remember the old Foghorn Leghorn cartoon? He would pick Barnyard Dog up by the tail and tear his butt up with a fencepost...I can't help but be reminded of it watching returns come in. Hillary should get out while she still has some dignity.

Posted by: gmundenat | February 12, 2008 2:05 AM

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