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.
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.