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My "First Black President"
Submitted by mvardoulis on Thu, 2008-11-06 22:21
So America has its "First Black President" but did it have to be Barack Obama? I wanted to smash down the very concept of race-as-a-factor in society, let alone in politics, since I first understood that people were evaluated by such things beyond their control. The very idea of racial identification along the lines of skin pigmentation or ethnicity is repulsive to me, and always has been. Ayn Rand obliterates racism in her essay of the same title, stating the most important truth few including our President-Elect seem to recognize, "The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities."
In a Libertarian and Objectivist-friendly parallel universe, my "First Black President" is Richard Benjamin Boddie.
I 'discovered' Richard while in college around the time of his seeking the Libertarian Party nomination for President, when the article I linked above was compiled. At the time, I was very much an anarchist, and since I was no longer a 'left' anarchist, I was warmer to the ideas expressed in libertarianism and even Objectivism. I heard Mr. Boddie speak in 1991, and he was every bit as good of an orator as Barack Obama is now, and possibly as good as Frederick Douglass was long ago. I was hooked. I wanted to see this amazing champion of Liberty in the White House, and to this day cannot imagine why the Libertarian Party did not ultimately nominate him as their Presidential candidate in 1992. After the recent election in *this* universe, I think Richard is getting the last, ironic, tragic laugh.
Richard Boddie is MY "First Black President" before anyone heard about Barack Obama.
For more on Richard Boddie, my First Black President (apologies for any links that don't quite work, some of them are obscure):
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