Democratic National Committee Leaves Black Bloggers Off Convention List
There’s been discussion in the relatively narrow world of political blogging, about the absence of Black-run blogs from the Democratic National Committee’s list of accredited blogs for the Democratic convention in Denver.
One blog was selected from each state. In most cases, though not all, selected blogs were those with high traffic, a specific focus on state and local political issues, and an established Democratic Party partisanship.
This left a pool of mostly white bloggers.
Yet many Democratic voters are Black.
As are many bloggers—And this includes many with strong traffic.
Burnt Orange Report will be the Texas blog in Denver. All right—They’ll do a good job I’m sure.
The Francis L. Holland Blog is leading the way in posting abut this concern. ( I’ve got Francis on my blogroll. I think he needs to integrate his blogroll and give me a listing.)
Celtic Diva’s Blue Oasis posted from the perspective of being one of the selected blogs. This woman is a good person seemingly doing her best.
For my part, if I were selected for credentials by a major political party, I’d feel that I had lost my way.
When I started blogging, it never occurred to me that blogs had “official” relationships with the parties. I suppose that’s because I never read any blogs before I started one. I figured blogging was an organic inclusive process. ( You can see I gave it little thought.)
If someone slipped up and gave me credentials to the convention, I’d blog about how Black folks and many other folks in cities vote Democratic every election, and still our cities get worse. I’d ask why urban policy does not seem to exist as an issue for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Then I’d ask why neither Senator Obama or Senator Clinton has made the world food price crisis an issue. I’m sorry it costs $4 a gallon to fill up your SUV, but many people in the world can’t afford a bowl of rice. I support the party of the left because I feel that all people matter no matter where they live.
But that’s just me.
At the same time, I’d advocate for the nominee of the Democratic Party in my posts.
That’s the trap. I’m not going to be voting for a Republican.
To get the illusion of being listened to, it seems I need to be a working-class white voter in Pennsylvania who can’t fully face the idea of a Black president.
I’m white and I work, so I guess I’m half way there.
The majority opinon I’ve read explaining the absence of Black bloggers from the convention list is a flawed process and/or some level of neglect.
That’s worse than purposeful exclusion. It speaks to an ingrained pattern of taking people for granted. Inclusion is a habit.
The good thing is that it’s a habit that can be picked up at any point.
Here’s hoping the Democratic National Committee gets with the program. It was a given that the selection criteria used was not going to pick a list of bloggers representative of the many different people who vote for Democrats.
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