In 2014, a WaPo Editorial Dares Ask: “Is a Black Candidate the Best Candidate?”


Obviously she is black or the whole article would never have seen the light of day anywhere in the mainstream media and the topic is D.C.’s dysfunctional local government, not its dysfunctional national government.

Jonetta Rose Barras writes, “Many African Americans, particularly those older than 50, remain hung up on race. They didn’t give serious consideration to Wells and the other white candidate, council member Jack Evans (Ward 2), although both are more experienced than Bowser.

“Older whites with whom I have spoken are just as stuck in the past. They worry they might be perceived as racist if they don’t vote for a black candidate.”

That last is an observation that few make anymore, but it’s quite accurate. There is a category of white voters who vote on contra-racial grounds as reflexively as some black voters vote on racial grounds.

“The racial paranoia and neurosis underpinning this election defies logic. Since an elective government was established in the District, I can only recall a few white local politicians who may have injured the African American community. However, I have witnessed plenty of black officials who repeatedly hurt African Americans, either through personal greed, neglect or incompetence — sometimes all three.

“So, isn’t it time for District voters of all races to acknowledge that reality while joining the 21st century? After all, a black man, twice elected, sits in the White House. White mayors now lead such predominantly African American cities as Detroit and Gary, Ind. Before Martin O’Malley became Maryland’s governor, he was Baltimore’s mayor.

“When I spoke with Bowser about this whole black-white discussion, she said she’s “the best” candidate for mayor “period.” She couldn’t offer a cohesive, global vision for the city, however. Instead, she strung together issues: affordable housing, infrastructure needs, government transparency, finally adding, “We’re going to have a government we can be proud of.”

Sound familiar? Think national government in D.C., not local government in D.C.


  • Napier

    “Jonetta Rose Barras: [Older white voters] worry they might be perceived as racist if they don’t vote for a black candidate.”

    what a nonsense by Mrs. Barras. Who could “perceive” them as racist?
    Voting is secret.

    • Memnonics

      correct. Mrs. Barras is one that wants to continue to make race the deciding factor (including welfare allocation).

      Stoking racial tensions.

      Greenfield fares a bit better, but not much: “There is a category of white voters who vote on contra-racial grounds…”. Any studies on this?

      • Jake

        Your description of Mrs. Barras’s position is 180 degrees out of phase

    • Tim

      People can look at how precincts vote. Of a precinct is majority white or all white and they vote for a white candidate, then group punishment is coming their way. Or so they fear. In some cases they are correct and other they are not.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      they feel racist in their own minds

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  • Judahlevi

    Diversity does not come from the body, it comes from the mind. Skin color does not define someone. Gender does not define someone. Their mind defines them.

    The essence of each person is their mind. Steve Jobs added diversity to Apple with his mind, not his skin color or gender. Only racists define people by their skin color. Only sexists define people by their gender.

    The human relational philosophy of Individualism states that each person is unique, each person is diverse, and that no individual should be put into a group and judged by which collective group they are dropped into.

  • Fed Up

    Is not voting for someone because of his race the other side of the same coin as voting against him for it? They are both types of racism.

    • Judahlevi

      Voting for someone because of their race is racist just as voting for someone because of their gender is sexist. It doesn’t matter if you hate someone because of these factors or favor someone because of them – both are wrong.

  • Rick

    Jonetta Rose Barras is a smart columnist to follow.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    The optimist in me once hoped that even an incompetent POTUS who was identified as being “black” could be a plus if he or she helped prove that anyone can succeed in the USA. A “transnational” character could bring a degree of unity never before seen. In theory. Even a small dose of that would have been a step forward.

    Sadly, we went backwards. That’s what happens when you choose a radical jihadi socialists pretending to be moderate Christian pro-capitalist genius. Thanks God it turned out that he in indeed incompetent.

  • Clare Spark

    Occasionally I get white supremacist comments on my blog. I can only hope that the younger generation will once more consider qualities of individuals over such leftist notions as Hating Whitey (to quote DH’s book title). I wrote about my own unfinished journey here: “The Persistence of White Racism.” It is frank and unforgiving of my early socialization.

  • Alleged Comment

    If you study the history of Negroes it will become quite obvious on the correct answer.

    And what is that?

    They have no history! Never did and never will! That is why the 1st negro president had to be illegally elected. But that’s the Demoncrap party for you!