Thursday, July 24, 2008

You know, I think he's right

From today's Baltimore Examiner:

Obviously, there are so many factors that have been applied, incrementally, over a long time, to bring us to a place where an African-American can be elected president. But I cannot help believing that the ubiquity and esteem of the black man in sport has played a significant part in this transformation that enables a black man to run for president.

Deford continues:

Look, maybe Barack Obama would be the Democratic nominee if there had never been a Frank Robinson and a Michael Jordan and a Tony Dungy and a Derek Jeter. But I really don't think so.

I think it's reasonable to argue that black cultural hegemony has influenced the emergence of Barack Obama.

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