A Minority-Race Governor of Louisiana
Original post made by How far we have come, baby on Oct 21, 2007
I don't know the "race" of all of the other candidates, but the next 3 pictured who got some votes were "white".
Ok, I have to tell y'all. When I moved to a high school there 35 years ago, whites and blacks weren't even allowed, culturally, to talk to each other. I asked someone ( black, and I am white) directions to a classroom on my first day, and it turned into a race fight, picks and brass knuckles included. Turns out I had started it by breaking the "rules". It was absolutely impossible to be friends with anyone of a different race, at least publicly.
I got out of there at the earliest possible time, but fast forward 15 years when I went back for a visit, and lo and behold, I saw black/white couples pushing baby carriages in the street and nobody was beating them up! Fast forward another 20 years and I see a non-white Governor elected in Louisiana.
Truly we have come a long way, baby! Of course, there will always be a few fools, but if LOUISIANA can have such a cool majority, then this a day for celebration indeed!
on Oct 21, 2007 at 9:44 pm
Whatever. Why can't people just achieve based on their qualifications and merits, without having attention constantly called to their race or ethnic background? First black this, first Indo-American that, first Latino the other thing. This country has bent over backward for minorities - isn't it time we take the training wheels off? I find that minority policitians (who are generally Democrats) tend to advocate for their own ethnic group, sometimes to the exclusion of their other constituents. Hopefully Mr. Jindal intends to represent all of his constituents. He is a conservative, so there's an excellent chance he will. He would have gotten my vote, if I lived in Louisiana.
on Oct 22, 2007 at 6:33 am
I completely agree. I would love to move past the whole "color" thing and get into merit/achievement based assessments only. But, unfortunately, there are still a lot of people who think that color really matters in pretty much everything, and that we are still dominated by racism in this country. (NOT).
So, I was just posting the news because I am sure it won't make it into any of our local papers. My goal is to try to counteract some of the false assumptions people make about the South based on constant media distortion and hype ( Jenna comes to mind as one of the most recent and most absurdly and wrongly reported stories of the last year.)
That was my point in posting it. Thanks!
on Oct 22, 2007 at 6:46 am
Ok, you got me curious, so I looked up at the National Governor's Assoc web site (nga.com or org) and was surprised to find that this actually IS news!. All but one other Governor of the 50 states is white.
So, this is big news, indeed. Thanks for the post.