By: Siani Powell
Even after four years of an African-American man in the highest running office, some Americans continue to discriminate. This is supposed to be a country of opportunity, freedom of choice, and democracy; but as of late, closed minds seem to be the loudest elephant in the room.
On October 7th, actress Stacey Dash tweeted “Vote for Romney. The only choice for your future.” Along with the tweet, a patriotic shot of Dash in a red swimsuit covered by a rocket with a capital R outlined in silver.
Minutes after, a flood of hateful and racial mentions were twitted towards Stacey. HER political swaying became a huge controversy on Twitter. These comments varied from all ages, races, and gender; positive and negative. What really surprised me, was majority of the negative remarks were voiced by the black community. Some African Americans were attacking the black woman simply by supporting the political candidate of her choice. Turning your back on a person because opinions differ, will get us nowhere.
Is it the thought of a black woman supporting a white man that drove these people to spew out negative comments? Is the color of her skin supposed to match the president’s? NO.
Former SisterSister actress Tamera Mowry-Housley was also recently mocked for a minor tweet regarding the debate, innocently retweeting a statement about the constant interruptions during the debate. A few racial slurs were smacked at the actress scrutinizing her and FOX reporter husband, Adam Housley. The news station is republican owned and advertised. When I checked her page, there was not a sight of political affiliation; no “Vote for Romney” or anything, but once again, the some in the black community attacked.
Sadly, people continue to confuse the real motives and intentions of one’s choice of political candidacy. The process of choosing a candidate to run the country for the next four years is not an easy decision. Not every African-American citizen is a Democrat, and not all African-American citizens or any citizen of color are voting for Obama.
Where did this stereotype brew from?
According to the Census Bureau (2008), approximately 66% of the black population voted. Majority of these votes were for Obama, but about 11% are black Republican voters. There are numerous organizations and events held for Black Republicans in the U.S.
One of these organizations includes National Black Republican Association which includes various black leaders in politics, literature, advocates, and art.
Even though I am unable to vote this year, when I do I will not choose solely because of skin color, but for what they stand for, what they speak and what they act upon. My vote is my choice and no one can change my opinion.