Daughter of Slave Votes for Obama

Dave Hoffman

Dave Hoffman is the Murray Shusterman Professor of Transactional and Business Law at Temple Law School. He specializes in law and psychology, contracts, and quantitative analysis of civil procedure. He currently teaches contracts, civil procedure, corporations, and law and economics.

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12 Responses

  1. merevaudevillian says:

    …which would be ironic, given that the Republican party helped abolish slavery and that the Democratic party helped found the confederacy. How impressions change.

  2. Frank says:

    And since merevaudvillian has given us one piece of the historical puzzle, here’s a bit to complement it:

    “In ’48 when Truman, though facing a sweeping defeat, decreed a robust civil rights plank for the Dem platform and Humphrey intoned that we must, in Lincoln’s words, “do the right, as God has given us to know the right,” the racists bitterly decamped. A body formerly known as the Party of Lincoln invited them in, gave them succor, and crafted a cynical “southern strategy.”

    from

    http://open.salon.com/content.php?cid=34961

    and here’s more:

    “Exactly what happened to the old Democratic coalition that held sway through the 30s, 40s and early 50s? It consisted of the south, the northern cities, the labour unions and the intellectual left, Krugman notes. It fell apart, however, over the crucial issue of race. Lyndon Johnson understood this perfectly well, and commented to one advisor after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: “I think we’ve just delivered the south to the Republican party for the rest of my life, and yours.” As Krugman says, “The changing politics of race made it possible for a revived conservative movement, whose ultimate goal was to reverse the achievements of the New Deal, to win national elections – even though it supported policies that favoured the interests of a narrow elite over those of middle- and lower-income Americans.””

    from

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/mar/22/politics1

  3. db says:

    Great story, Dave — thanks for posting it!

  4. Noter of irony says:

    Somewhat ironic that the first African-American president of the United States (assuming Obama wins as the media has decreed) will be a descendant of slave owners only and not of anyone who was actually a slave. (Cf. Baltimore Sun among others.)

  5. A.J. Sutter says:

    More interesting yet: “Son of confederate veteran votes for Obama.”

  6. pal says:

    even better: “daughter of the American Revolution votes for Nader.”

  7. unlikely says:

    best yet: someone somewhere excitedly votes for McCain.

  8. John Sabia says:

    Heartwarming story – I too find it ironic that he is the descendant of slave owners.

  9. JP says:

    Great story.

    However, I don’t understand the connection to belief in electoral fraud. I also don’t get the reference to “skepticism of the franchise.” Does this refer to Adler’s posts on vote fraud? Somin’s posts on rational political ignorance? If so, again I don’t see the connection to the story. Or have some of the Volokh bloggers been advocating a poll tax and I’ve just missed it???

  10. A.W. says:

    Mmm, I find it odd to claim that African Americans will be “free at last” because we have voted for a man judged not by the content of his character but the color of his skin. I means, seriously, if Obama was white he would be John Edwards, circa 2004 (and leaving out the affair, obviously). Why was one laughably unqualified and not the other?

    Mind you, there is an inherent value to electing a black president. There can be no doubt on this point. But is it really so important that we will vote for this shmuck? I can name 10 black people, famous or not, who would make a better president than Obama, starting with Secretary Rice and Powell.

    > The troublemaker in me wants to find a countervailing story: “Son of confederate veteran votes for McCain.”

    Well, we do have Black Panthers for Obama. Hizbollah for Obama. William Ayers seems to like him, as does the President of Iran.

    Meanwhile, the President of France says that Obama won’t be strong enough with the President of Iran. I will repeat that. the PRESIDENT OF FRANCE is concerned that Obama is not strong enough. I guess that is part of why Biden thinks that the election of Obama will invite a crisis.

    And meanwhile Iraqis are for McCain. Funny, I thought Obama and the left were arguing for us to leave in part to help the Iraqis. I guess they are too stupid to know what is good for them.

    http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=081030170209.3wcxfwin&show_article=1

  11. A.W. says:

    Btw, i don’t get the “voter fraud” reference. Are you taling about how voter fraud was widespread across the south during the rule of the redshirt and the ku kluxm in order to defacto deny African Americans of their right to vote?

    It is a tragedy when anyone’s vote is nullified by fraud.

  12. DOUGLAS FIELD says:

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    ****US CONGRESSIONAL MEMBERS WHO ARE ALSO LAWYERS BY TRADE, CONTINUE TO DENY poorer AMERICAN’S PROPER LEGAL REPRESENTATION !!!

    ****THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY NEEDS TO BEGIN A FORMAL INVESTIGATION INTO THESE US CONGRESSIONAL CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY, AND HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS BEING INFLICTED ON poorer AMERICAN’S LIKE MR.TROY DAVIS OF GEORGIA !!!

    ****HAVING BEEN DENIED APPEAL LAWYERS FOR THREE YEARS ON DEATH ROW IN GEORGIA MR. TROY DAVIS IS NOW BEING EXECUTED FOR A CRIME HE MIGHT NOT HAVE EVEN BEEN INVOLVED WITH !!!

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    ****This same exact unjust situation was happening in our Southern States when poor and mostly uneducated Black Americans were being falsely imprisoned for endless decades without the needed educational skills to properly submit their own written federal trial appeals.

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    ****Someone please tell our US Congress that the GED degree that Manny Gonzales acquired in prison is not a LAW DEGREE !!!!!!

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