Cynthia McKinney on racial disparities

The following statement is from the Cynthia McKinney presidential campaign:

Much has been made around the edges of this campaign about the issue of race. Sadly, nothing has been made of the public policy exigencies that arise because of the urgent racial disparities that continue to exist in our country.

I am glad that candidate Obama mentioned the existing racial disparities in education, income, wealth, jobs, government services, imprisonment, and opportunity. Now it is time to address the public policies necessary to resolve these disparities. Now it is time to have the discussion on how we are going to come together and put policies in effect that will provide real hope and real opportunity to all in this country.

To narrow the gap between the ideals of our founding fathers and the realities faced by too many in our country today: That must be the role of public policy at this critical moment in our country today.

I welcome a real discussion of race in this country and a resolve to end the long-standing disparities that continue to spoil the greatness of our country. I welcome a real discussion of all the issues that face our country today and the real public policy options that exist to resolve them. That must be the measure of this campaign season. For many voters, this important discussion has been too vague or completely non-existent. Now is the time to talk about the concrete measures that will move our country forward: on race, war, climate change, the economy, health care, and education. Our votes and our political engagement must be about ensuring that fairness truly for all is embodied in “liberty and justice for all.”

4 Responses to “Cynthia McKinney on racial disparities”

  1. Thomas L. Knapp Says:

    Lots of use of terms like “real discussion of the issues” and “talk about the concrete measures,” but no real discussion of the issues or talk about the concrete measures. Content = 0.

  2. Sivarticus Says:

    McKinney is identity politics personified. Without Nader running for their nomination, the Greens seemed relentlessly bent on running a female candidate, regardless of who it is. McKinney is the natural choice for them, but not a very good one with any appeal outside their party. The left-wing Presidential choices have been receding since 2000, however, and McKinney will just continue their retraction.

    Hopefully, this means independents will begin turning toward the Libertarians and Constitution Party as reasonable alternatives to the defunct and splintered left.

  3. ElfNinosMom Says:

    I agree with Tom Knapp.

  4. Mike Indiana Says:

    Cynthia McKinney is in many ways a strategic choice for the Greens. There are those who believe that Mckinney’s candidacy provides on opportunity for the GP to expand its urban minority base. The Greens have been fairly successful in urban elections around the country with Greens on city councils in San Fransisco, Minneapolis, Boston, New Haven, and other cities. In the event that Obama is not that Dem. nominee there could be an opening for the GP to triple its pathetic 2004 vote total and once again gain some national traction. This effort is ironically helped by the Nader campaign which has and will continue to draw most of the hits. While this is going on Mckinney draws off radical and possibly (if no obama) some moderate urban activists with her campaign and her film American Blackout. While there is no hope of beating the 2000 vote total she will surely better the 2004 effort.

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