I love Jay Z. Not him personally, but his music. And not all of his music, but some of it. My favorite is “Bonnie and Clyde” where he throws it down with his woman Beyonce. The song has a Latin flavor to it which is probably why I like it so much.
Anyway, this post isn’t about his music or how that song makes me want to bust out my awesome Salsa moves, but about something that Jay Z recently stated in an interview regarding the President and his race. Here’s an excerpt from that article found on Breitbart TV:
Despite his support for the President, Jay-Z’s “less government” viewpoint is more in line with Obama’s opponents on the right, such as Republican candidate Mitt Romney, who also calls for smaller government. But his stance on smaller government aside, Jay-Z is all in for the president’s re-election….
“I support Barack because I gotta respect that sort of vision. I gotta respect a man who is the first black President ever,” he said. “To have that sort of vision and dream, I have to support that.”
VOTE FOR THE MAN, NOT HIS RACE
Hate is a strong word, but I do hate when I hear that someone is voting for a person based on their race. Jay Z proves his ignorance by stating that though he prefers smaller government and many other things that aren’t in line with Obama’s politics, he’s still going to vote for him because he’s Black. What’s sad is that many other blacks in this country are going to do the same. Obama cannot run on his record from the past four years or on any promises that he made before entering office, so the blacks that vote for him are not doing so because he’s done an awesome job.
WILL NEVER VOTE A MAN INTO OFFICE BECAUSE HE’S MEXICAN
During the Democrat Convention recently, the party showcased two young Hispanic men who are currently holding political offices. One was State Representative Joaquin Castro of Texas and the other was San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, who was the first Latino keynote speaker at a Democratic National Convention. Prior to the convention and especially after, the media was foaming at the mouth over these two, mainly because of their race and their connection to the party. I knew better and it was more important to me about what these men stood for, rather than what color their skin was. If i lived in San Antonio, Julian wouldn’t have gotten my vote and it would be based on his politics, not his Latinoness (i created a new word).
I would never ever vote FOR a man based on his skin color. I would never vote AGAINST someone for the same reason. I’m not concerned about whether or not we ever have a Latin President in office. I’m more concerned about the values of this country and what it has always stood for and protecting it’s constitution. I will always put that at the forefront of any voting decision and I would hope that all Americans would do the same.
A company who hires a black or Latino person for a job can get into a lot of trouble for hiring based on race. A smart employer chooses the best person for the job based on skill, education, and experience. If that person doesn’t perform and doesn’t do their job, they will most likely be fired. They’re not being fired because of their race, they’re being fired because they can’t do the job.
Look at this election in the same manner. Has Obama done his job? Has he followed through on all of his promises? Should he stay in office based on performance? If not, then remove him, and do it based on everything but race. If the current president was Latino, he wouldn’t be getting my vote this year. But then again, he probably wouldn’t have gotten my vote the first time around either.
Don’t be JayZ. Vote colorblind.