Five members of the Uhuru Movement disrupted a town hall meeting by Barack Obama in Petersburg, Florida on Friday. They held up a banner which read: “What about the Black community, Obama?”. As they chanted “What about the Black community?!”, Obama supporters chanted in response “Yes we can!” to drown them out. After some time order was restored and Obama carried on with his speech. During the question and answer period, one of the protesters was allowed to ask the Democratic presidential candidate about his lack of addressing issues important to the survival of the African-American community.
I had never heard of the Uhuru Movement before and as I watched the news footage, I noticed on their banner a web address (click here). I visited it and watched some of their videos on Barack Obama. I must admit I didn’t like that they uploaded a video of the protest on Friday and the question that was posed to Obama by one of their members, but not his answer. Nevertheless, I found the other videos thought-provoking in their analysis of the Barack Obama candidacy.
One of the main comment Obama, McCain and their respective supporters make to those who question or oppose their candidacy, is to state that you can vote or support someone else… meaning “the other” establishment candidate. They imply that you have only one of two choices: the devil you know or the devil you don’t know! However there are other choices. Two of the more well known ones, who have gotten little or no media coverage, are former Democratic Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, an African-American woman, who is the Green Party presidential candidate and independent Ralph Nader. I am sure there are other presidential candidates, who are running, either as independents or for a “fringe” political party, who also get no media time. Nevertheless, whether candidates are well known or not, or get a lot or no media attention, it is each voters responsibility to research and expand their field of options so they can make the best, informed choice of whom to support for President.