Well, we really have not had a black president as of yet – with both parents of African ancestry, we do have a president who is half black if you want to be really picky. But our president truly is African American. The answer to your question though, is most certainly!
Personally, I prefer the term “American African” and not the other way around.
To me that name best describes American people of African descent – Aren’t we ALL Americans with ancestors from other places? Literally, this is the melting pot nation. Even the ancestors of Native Americans migrated here from Beringia, present day Alaska, after coming from areas near Lake Baikal in Siberia.
Americans with ancestors from Africa – comprise approximately 13.2% of the US citizens. If Presidents were picked randomly as if by lottery (which of course is not the case), then over time, many presidents should be American African. Two caveats – this percentage number changes over time, and remember that a person has to be over 35 to be eligible to run for President – so not everyone in that 13.2% is old enough to run. That however is true for the demographic of the rest of the population as well, so I do presume that the relative percentage of those adults 35 and over remains close.
This would mean that statistically, (randomly selected), 13.2% of future presidents might be American African.
Since we have elections only every four years, you can see that even if we had single term presidents, 100 new presidents, each of them occupying the White House for only one term – 4 years each would cover 400 years of administrations. 13 presidents spread over 400 years (or longer) does not seem too exciting for those looking to see our next American African president, but that works out to about one elected every 30 years. If we have all two term presidents, the theoretical number of black presidents elected would be one every 60 years. Keep in mind; statistics are just numbers which change as demographics change. I suspect it will likely be a lot sooner than this might seem to suggest.
We are experiencing the election process currently, so unless you are a new voter, I feel sure you know what I am about to say. Running for president is about selling yourself to the voters. It’s about all aspects of that person and how they are perceived. Each has their own qualifications, charisma, and presence, or lack of it.
In our current environment, my bet is that the next time we elect a Black president; she/he will be a moderate or perhaps a conservative. She or he has a much better chance of winning as a moderate. The majority of American voters group in the middle. They tend to be moderate.
Conservatives want to support a Black candidate even though they were not happy with the experience with President Obama. If the next black nominee is somewhat conservative, there will likely be cross-over votes from moderate voters that would give such a candidate a fair chance of winning.
Liberal voters I know, especially from Hollywood, have told me personally that they could never support a conservative candidate, no matter how excellent they thought they were. What a closed-minded approach, but that is politics.
I suggest you pick a candidate you support and volunteer your time to support them. If you can afford to give a donation, we all know how politicians love donations! Speak your mind, make your presence known, and recruit others to your views. Additionally, don’t give up even if you or your candidate doesn’t win. Do it again and again and make it happen.
What are your thoughts? Do you believe we will ever elect another Black president?
Originally posted 2015-08-13 15:26:48. Republished by Blog Post Promoter