By Anonymous (not verified) on November 15, 2012

While many TV pundits were quick to point out that the president did not win the majority of the white vote, they failed to point out that no Democratic candidate for the White House has won a majority of the white vote since the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

What's more, there is no such thing as "the white vote."

Yes, Romney won the majority of the white vote but in the midst of a racially charged campaign run by Republicans in hopes of derailing the first African-American president, 40 percent of white voters unequivocally chose to cast their ballots for Barack Obama. In a country with a long history of racial discrimination and discord, that vote says something.

In fact, Romney gained only 3 percent more white votes than Republican John McCain won in 2008. Republicans attempted to organize white voters into a virtually all-white political party, but they failed.

Obama actually did better among white voters than what John Kerry or Al Gore were able to achieve in their respective campaigns.

White male union members carried Obama in the state of Ohio. According to the AFL-CIO, Ohio union members increased their support by 5 percent over 2008. And 83 percent of union members in Ohio are white.

And look at Iowa: It's 93 percent white, and Obama still managed to carry that state.

Luckily for America, neither the pundits nor the Republican Party have been able to stall this growing momentum towards a society where each person has access and opportunity.

Instead a new inclusive American identity is taking shape, and fortunately, a large portion of whites is just as committed to that identity as everyone else.

Eric K. Ward, a veteran civil rights advocate, is a founder of the Black Immigration Network. He can be reached at pmproj@progressive.org.

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By Wendell Berry

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more 
of everything ready made. Be afraid 
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery 
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card 
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something 
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know. 
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord. 
Love the world. Work for nothing. 
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it. 
Denounce the government and embrace 
the flag. Hope to live in that free 
republic for which it stands. 
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man 
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers. 
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.


Say that the leaves are harvested 
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus 
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion—put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come. 
Expect the end of the world. Laugh. 
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts. 
So long as women do not go cheap 
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy 
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep 
of a woman near to giving birth? 
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie easy in the shade. Rest your head 
in her lap. Swear allegiance 
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos 
can predict the motions of your mind, 
lose it. Leave it as a sign 
to mark the false trail, the way 
you didn’t go. Be like the fox 
who makes more tracks than necessary, 
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

Wendell Berry is a poet, farmer, and environmentalist in Kentucky. This poem, first published in 1973, is reprinted by permission of the author and appears in his “New Collected Poems” (Counterpoint).

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