Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Caucusing is NOT just for Caucasians!

A friend of color admitted to me that she didn’t know much about a caucus, and was under the impression that caucusing was only for Caucasians. She was mistaken.

Merriam Webster defines a caucus as:

a closed meeting of a group of persons belonging to the same political party or faction usually to select candidates or to decide on policy; also: a group of people united to promote an agreed-upon cause

The Iowa Caucus is for all Iowans.

3 comments:

Michelle said...

Historically, African Americans have been so excluded from the political process (i.e. consider the makeup of the U.S. Senate) that I can see why your friend thought that. In fact, whenever I see a Congressional Session on C-Span or CNN, there is often a sea of faces that do not accurately reflect the melting pot that is America. That's why Caucusing for Barack Obama on Jan. 3rd is more critical than ever. When we elect Barack Obama in Nov., 2008, we serve notice on this country that ALL Americans have the right to fully participate in the political process, that discrimination no longer determines the destiny of African American politicians, or the constituencies they represent.

Anonymous said...

After reading the definition of caucus, it appears the friend is not too far off base. This is what it is and this is what they have done and continue to do however, with Senator Barack Obama in the race, it changes the complexion and energy of an otherwise predictable outcome.

G.B.

Anonymous said...

I find the entire concept of this story to be racist. I am reporting you to the NAACP.