Barack Obama Heckled By Black Voters
August 1. 2008
It was reported today that African-American Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama was heckled by a few black protesters in Florida during a speech, because they feel he is not doing enough to represent the demographic in the election.
‘What About The Black Community?’: Black Protestors Heckle Obama
African American protestors holding a banner reading “What about the black community Obama?” heckled Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama in Florida on Friday.
Three men stood up as Obama was talking about the economy during a townhall meeting in St Petersburg in Florida, a key battleground state in Obama’s duel with Republican John McCain in November’s election.
“What about the black community?” the protestors chanted, prompting Obama’s crowd of supporters to chant his slogan “Yes We Can” to drown them out.
“Excuse me, young man, this is going to be a question and answer session, so you can ask a question later,” Obama told the protestors.
“Sit down. You’ll have a chance to ask your questions, but you don’t want to disrupt the whole meeting. Just be courteous,” he said, before going back to his prepared remarks…
But last month, civil rights icon Jesse Jackson, in a lurid remark picked up by a live television microphone, accused Obama of “talking down to black people,” reviving the debate about race in the 2008 campaign.
Obama, son of a white mother from Kansas and a Kenyan father, has made a concerted attempt to ensure that he is not perceived solely as a “black candidate” during his campaign, even though he is trying to become the first African American president.
On Thursday, the McCain campaign accused Obama of playing the “race card” himself after the Illinois senator said Republicans would try to highlight the fact that he did not look like other presidents featured on US dollar bills.