Historian John Hope Franklin on Obama Nomination

I’ve told many people that black folks were as surprised as anyone that a black man, any black man, had a chance at being president anytime soon. And that that lack of faith tempered black support, giving Obama a chance to be seen not as just the “black candidate” (or should I say the, “black’s candidate”?), but as a candidate that is black. And it made all of the difference.

Kevin Levin over at the blog, Civil War Memory, put up a very brief video response from historian John Hope Franklin on the matter.

Listening to the excitement of this 88 year-old black man helps me better understand the frustration of some older women over Hillary Clinton’s loss of the nomination.

Go check it out.

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