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Saturday, June 14, 2021

While some black conservatives are sticking to the Republican Party line, others are finding it hard to vote against Barack Obama come November, politics be damned.

Writer and actor Joseph C. Phillips got so excited about Obama earlier this year that he started calling himself an “Obamacan” — Obama Republican. Phillips, who appeared on “The Cosby Show” as Denise Huxtable’s husband, Navy Lt. Martin Kendall, said he has wavered since, but he is still thinking about voting for Obama.

“I am wondering if this is the time where we get over the hump, where an Obama victory will finally, at long last, move us beyond some of the old conversations about race,” Phillips said. “That possibly, just possibly, this great country can finally be forgiven for its original sin, or find some absolution.”

Yet Phillips, author of the book “He Talk Like a White Boy,” realizes the irony of voting for a candidate based on race to get beyond race.

“We have to not judge him based on his race, but on his desirability as a political candidate,” he said. “And based on that, I have a lot of disagreements with him on a lot of issues. I go back and forth.”

To be blunt, the 2008 election presents black conservatives with a choice of race or ideology.

It’s also a referendum on the future viability of any black Presidential hopeful, Democrat or Republican. If Obama loses in November, he becomes a history lesson for why the major parties won’t want to risk a nomination on a black person in the immediate future; and so that puts more pressure on blacks of all affiliations. Failure now will become a longer-term setback, so even conservatives will support Obama to avoid that, with the opportunity cost being a rollback on core conservative policies.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 06/14/2008 03:51:24 PM
Category: Politics
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Earlier this week, some upgrades and refinements were rolled out for Yahoo! Mail Classic.

Since I use Y! Mail as my primary email address, and maintain Classic’s oldschool non-Flash interface instead of using the “new” Yahoo! Mail, I appreciate some of the new nice touches. Relabeling the old “Bulk” folder as “Spam” is a concession to reality by this point. Planting the saved signature into the editable body of a new message or reply is overdue, as is the ability to toggle between plain-text and rich-formatting.

I have to wonder, though: Why is Yahoo! putting so much significant work into Classic? They invested a lot of resources into the new Mail version, basically giving it more of a Gmail look-and-feel. Maintaining Classic is a given, just to avoid massive user revolt at an abrupt switch (especially since so many people have been using Y! Mail for a decade or more), but they’re certainly not obliged to do more than maintain its status quo. In fact, improving it only lessens whatever pressure there is to get more users to migrate to the new, supposedly default Mail interface.

Call me suspicious, but I’m taking this as a sign that the new Mail isn’t catching on, and Yahoo! might be contemplating reverting back to Classic for all users. At least, they might just incorporate some of the successful features from the new version into the old look-and-feel format of Classic.

Like I said, I’ve stuck with Classic. I gave the new version a brief trial period when it was first launched, and found it too clunky to bother with. I’m sure it’s improved since then, but again, there’s no overriding reason to switch. And that Flash interface doesn’t work on my iPod Touch’s Safari browser, which alone makes it a dealbreaker.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 06/14/2008 03:03:57 PM
Category: Internet
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