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Obama and the “white vote”

Just saw this interesting post at Barack Oblogger. It’s a simple post, but it makes the point effectively. Despite the past week’s scuttlebutt over Hillary Clinton and “white, working class voters,” Barack Obama has won nominating contests in eight of the nation’s 15 whitest states (I’m trusting it’s quantified by a percentage of the overall population, the definition of whiteness or nonwhiteness — always somewhat frought — seems somewhat hard to actually hang a number upon). Results aren’t in yet for Montana (which votes June 3) or Kentucky, which votes tomorrow (along with Oregon). I think the vote in Kentucky¬† will be much closer than it was in West Virginia but still lean toward’s Hillary, but Obama has run away with the vote in mountainous, western states (and might I say, Republican bastions), so he’ll sew it up in Montana. I also predict he’ll blow Hillary out of the water in Oregon (also tomorrow), not in this list of 15 but still far from a bastion of diversity (not to mention a place where working class ideals have incredible mileage).

Not having been there for almost four years I still feel I can speak from experience that Maine, which tops the whiteness chart (and how!) is undoubtedly Obama country, and Mainers are so wicked far from elitist that it alone shatters the “working class” myth Hillary’s campaign touts.

Touché

Just saw this site: Stuff White People Like.

All I can say is guilty.

Just for the heck of it, I’ll point out a few I don’t happen to like, but that’s only 14 out of 95 items. And among those 14 that are left, I certainly see where this grand ethnography is coming from. Of course, I’m sure that just furthers inherent social critiques of the generalizations white people — particularly self-styled progressive, tolerant, intellectual whites — often bring to their contemplation of people of color and cultural diversity.

This is perhaps one of the funniest, yet wisest, things I’ve seen online recently.

Anyhow, for those who care, here are the items I don’t happen to enjoy, and my reasons why: Continue reading