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By Dr. Boyce Watkins
Sometimes I have random thoughts while sitting and waiting for other things to happen: I come to a realization about politics while I’m at the grocery store, or I’ll figure out the meaning of life while doing my laundry. I’m always thinking, probably a bit too much. Today, the question that came to mind was the one being asked at TheGrio.com, which is “Do black people back President Obama because he’s black?”
One could easily argue that such a question is both intriguing and insulting. It’s intriguing because no presidential candidate has ever received the level of black support that’s been given to President Obama. To disconnect this massive outpouring of political affection from the color of his skin would be nothing short of nonsensical.