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color of change: Another stolen election, this time at the hands of Democrats?  

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I received the email below from the Color of Change.Org. After reading, and if you are in agreement, please let your voice be heard as outlined in the email.

Some leaders in the Democratic Party are playing with fire. They think that they can betray the will of millions of voters and choose Hillary Clinton as the nominee, regardless of whether or not she is the choice of the voters. We can't let this happen. It would be the largest disenfranchisement in modern history, and it would mean the Democratic Party giving their stamp of approval to a clear and consistent pattern of race-baiting by the Clinton campaign.

If we make our voices heard, we can stop it. Please join us in signing an open letter to leaders in the Democratic Party -- DNC Chair Howard Dean, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and all superdelegates -- demanding that they reject an outcome that involves trampling voting rights and legitimizing the politics of division and fear:

By the time the last vote is cast on June 3rd under the rules of the Democratic Party, it's unlikely Hillary Clinton will beat Barack Obama among voters. But there's a chance that superdelegates will hand Clinton the nomination anyway. This would be a shocking attack on democracy, and it would destroy the Democratic Party's credibility on protecting the right to vote. Black people have a long history of fighting against voter suppression, and now the Democratic Party will be the enemy in that fight. As bad as that would be, there's another reason that a coup by party insiders would threaten racial progress.

Senator Clinton's plan to have superdelegates hand her the nomination relies on a parallel strategy -- she has to stoke enough division and race-based fear among Democratic voters to convince superdelegates that white voters will not vote for Senator Obama in the general election. One of Clinton's key arguments to superdelegates is that America won't elect a Black man, and therefore she's the better choice for Democrats to beat John McCain. While she makes that argument in private to superdelegates, in public, Clinton's campaign and her surrogates are doing everything they can to damage Barack Obama by ginning up fear and division and playing to the worst instincts of our society. It's an insult to Black people and all Americans, Obama and Clinton supporters alike.

The pattern has been clear and consistent to some party leaders. Last week, according to the Washington Post, James Clyburn -- who as House Majority Whip remains neutral and is the highest ranking Black member of Congress -- accused the Clintons of marginalizing Black voters. Referring to this strategy in another interview, Clyburn said that "Nothing in this campaign has been by accident."

Congressman Clyburn warned that "black people are incensed" over the divisiveness of the Clinton strategy and that it threatens an irreparable breach between Black people and the Democratic Party. He's right. And if superdelegates hand Clinton a victory despite her defeat among voters, they will be condoning and rewarding that strategy.

Some party leaders have expressed strong concern about superdelegates overruling voters. But as a whole, superdelegates have not made it clear that they will respect the will of voters. Today, we want to send a clear, unequivocal message to superdelegates and other party leaders: Reject the idea that the nomination can be won with a strategy that preys on racism, sows division, and disenfranchises millions of voters.

Please join us:

-- James, Van, Gabriel, Clarissa, Mervyn, Andre, and the rest of the team

Obliged to you for hearing me, and now old Sojourner('s Place) ain't got nothing more to say. ~~SjP

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6 sojourners hollin' back

well i don't know about anyone else but if HRC is the Nominee i will die go to Hell before i cast her my vote.

i will have to sit this one out, and since this is America i am allowed to do it!

May 5, 2008 at 9:05 AM

Miss Vicki - I'm right with you. There is no way that I will vote for HRC. But if she pulls this out - I'll still vote for Obama as a write in. SjP

May 5, 2008 at 10:35 AM

Hi there,

I just saw a powerful documentary on called "AMERICAN BLACKOUT"!

Have you see it?

It exposes how the elections were stolen in Ohio in 2004 and in Florida in 2000.

We (black women) MUST strategize behind the scenes and thwart the mechanisms that will attempt this over and over again!

Thanks for letting me blow my trumpet!

May 5, 2008 at 1:38 PM

Nice spot, and u write well. Do chk me out one day if u can, this is the kind of stuff I write, and if u like what u read, feel free to add me to your blog roll
raw dawg buffalo

Father Knows Best
Where are the Coretta's?
a penchant 4 committment

May 5, 2008 at 10:44 PM

I have finally made my way over to you. We are members over at African American Opinion. I have been MIA over. Anyway, I love your blog and your perspective is dead on. I am watching carefully the Superdelegates. I am nervous about their role and the possibility of the uncommitted ones going against their constituents--popular vote. Doing that would surely end a great many political careers. I mean Obama took NC today. Those superdelegates will have to pay attention and get off the fence.

May 6, 2008 at 8:37 PM

Lovebabz - So glad you stopped by! I enjoy being a member of AAO - always discussion and solutions of interest and value going on there. Hat Tip for AAPP for envisioning such a place for us to meet and converser.

GURRRLLLL - I'm about to go nuts over here watching the Indiana results. The fact that there's 68% of the vote in now and they still haven't called it - that's got to be a good thing! I'm so glad he took NC and took it handily. You know, one of the things that simply galls me about all of this is that I think the superdelegates believe that African Americans will vote for Hillary if they steal this nomination from Obama. I'm just not willing to allow them to take my vote for granted anymore. Now, I won't vote for the Mc-man - I'll just write in Obama. I know that that will mean 4 more years of a fool in office - but how much worse could things get.

Much obliged for stopping by, please do so again! SjP

May 6, 2008 at 9:21 PM
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