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Historical event takes place Jan. 20

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Sharp County voters voted against Barack Obama in the November election by 56 percent which followed the trend of the state. Arkansas remains the only state from the former Confederacy never to elect an African-American to Congress or any statewide office.

President-elect Obama lost by 20 percentage points in Arkansas even though fellow Democrats control all of Arkansas' statewide offices, both chambers of the Legislature and three of its four congressional districts.

According to blackpoliticsontheweb.com Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana are the only states where President-elect Obama fared worse among white voters than John Kerry in the 2004 election. According to the same Web site, one reason no blacks have been elected to Congress in Arkansas is demographics -- unlike many southern states it has no predominantly black congressional districts.

Arkansas has less than 3 million people and approximately 16 percent of them are black. It took until 2002 for Democrats to nominate a black candidate, Ron Sheffield. Sheffield lost a lieutenant governor's race to Win Rockefeller.

But, is Obama striking back in his own reserved manner? Obama is 15 picks into his Cabinet and has yet to name one southerner. Hillary Clinton is as close as he has come but she is not from Arkansas any more, the New York Senator has been labeled a "Yankee" by many southerners.

According to dyn.politico.com some say Obama is simply picking the most qualified people, no matter what region they are from.

Despite the state's history they will be under the direction of a black president after Jan. 20.

The Presidential Inauguration is slated for Jan. 20. Several television stations will broadcast the event.


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I'd just like to see his birth certificate. He hasn't yet proved that he is a 'natural born' citizen as is required by the U.S. Constitution.

-- Posted by Hem on Thu, Jan 15, 2009, at 12:52 PM

Of course he has! This has been before the Supreme Court and like it or lump it, he is!

Thanks Amanda for writing this article - it highlights how prejudiced this and some of the other Southern states still are. As a white grandmother of a "black" grandson who I love dearly (and have also helped to raise), there is hope for the future that we, as a people will look at the person and not at their color and remember we are, after all, HUMAN BEINGS who hope, love, and feel like every other!

-- Posted by SPARE on Sun, Jan 18, 2009, at 8:31 AM

Of course he has! This has been before the Supreme Court and like it or lump it, he is!

Thanks Amanda for writing this article - it highlights how prejudiced this and some of the other Southern states still are. As a white grandmother of a "black" grandson who I love dearly (and have also helped to raise), there is hope for the future that we, as a people will look at the person and not at their color and remember we are, after all, HUMAN BEINGS who hope, love, and feel like every other!

-- Posted by SPARE on Sun, Jan 18, 2009, at 8:33 AM

I think if you check the FACTS of the case, Mr. Obama has NOT proven that he is 'natural born' He has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to keep from having to show his birth certificate. You can check out the latest on the court case at ... http://www.obamacrimes.com/ ...It has nothing to do with being prejudiced as you claim. It has all to do with our CONSTITUTION. The founding fathers wanted to make sure that our country was led only by people who were 'natural born' and had no interests elsewhere. Mr. Obama does not pledge any allegiance solely to America. There was another man running for president who did claim allegiance to America. Mr. Alan Keyes. By the way, you shouldn't assume someone is white or black based upon their comments. You also shouldn't assume who one did or did not vote for. Instead of focusing on the FACTS you start throwing around the 'race' card by claiming someone is prejudiced.

-- Posted by Hem on Tue, Jan 20, 2009, at 4:32 AM


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