Racelicious: The Politics of Selling Out

Racelicious (9/11/08)

The Politics of Selling Out

This all came to a head the night before last where I listened to former Republican Congressman JC Watts defend Barack Obama against the charges of elitism on Roland Martin’s radio show. JC Watts generally towed the Republican party line while in office, so I was kind of shocked to hear him verbalize his disappointments with the party, and directly criticize one of their tactics in praise of Barack Obama. Did he do this out of a sense of fairness? Or out of racial solidarity? Or was he influenced by a mixture of both?

I’ve been toying with a post on how certain actions can be construed as selling out – political party affiliation is high on that list. But can we really conflate party politics with racial politics?

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