Activist says whites voting for “anybody but Obama”
POLITICAL activist Kali Akuno (above) sees few differences between Obama and Romney, and says the election highlighted race as an important factor in US politics.
“If Obama wasn’t a person of Afrikan descent, he would win the re-election by a landslide.
As it stands, this election is largely turning into an “anybody but Obama” initiative for many whites,” says Akuno, from New Orleans.
“This is a factor that folks outside of the Unite States must understand if you’re going to understand the outcome post November sixth.”
The polls may back this up – exit polls recorded by the Pew Research Centre show Romney won 59% of the white vote to Obama’s 39%.
In fact, Romney was supported by a majority of white voters in all but four states.
Obama may have over 95% of the black vote, but Mr Akuno is not a fan.
A member of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and the US Human Rights Network, he argues that Obama’s record depends on how you look at it.
“From the perspective of capitalism-imperialism, Obama’s first term was great.
“From an anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist perspective, it has been one of the most devastating Presidential regimes of note,” he told Newswire via email.
He feels that the political movements he is involved with have been demoralised and weakened as a result of the Obama presidency.
“After the many debacles of the Bush regime, the Obama regime was able to advance the same fundamental goals of US imperialism while at the same time neutralizing and negating much of the resistance that was mounted against Bush.”
“Domestically, Obama neutralized progressive and left forces on virtually every issue (imperialist wars, climate change, environmental racism, universal health care, labour rights, housing crisis, etc) most of whom were cautious about pushing him on anything, or divided on why and how they should.”
Mr Akuno says he voted for Green Party candidate Jill Stein.
“I vote my principles. That above anything else dictates my vote for President.”