Why do only white's and black's run for President.

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  1. daskittlez69 profile image73
    daskittlez69posted 7 years ago

    I have never heard of an Asian American, Hispanic American, Native American running for President of the United States of America.  Why do you think that is?  Do you think being from a certain ethnicity other than African American or Caucasian would make any differences on what they could do to this country as President?

    1. lady_love158 profile image57
      lady_love158posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Marco Rubio will be president one day, he's cuban. Bobby Jindal is Indian and he was considering a run.

      1. cooldad profile image59
        cooldadposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        I live in Florida, he's the whitest cuban I've ever seen.

    2. profile image0
      Brenda Durhamposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      It depends on where their allegiance is.

      1. Ralph Deeds profile image66
        Ralph Deedsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Are you implying that Asians and Latinos tend to be more loyal to their ancestral countries than to the United States? Typical. Why don't you just come right out and say it?

        1. daskittlez69 profile image73
          daskittlez69posted 7 years agoin reply to this

          I agree Ralph.  Hell Native Americans are the only ones that have far enough roots.  I am Native American and German and I have no allegiance to Germany.  My wife is full-blooded Chinese and she has no allegiance to China, and she is a first generation American.

          1. Ralph Deeds profile image66
            Ralph Deedsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            Who cares? Many years ago, after listening to some of his friends in a bar conversation cite their ancestry with pride, my uncle, after the others had finished and looked at him for a response, said "Indian, n-word and dog." (By that he meant that he didn't put any stock in ancestry.)

        2. profile image0
          Brenda Durhamposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          You seem even more tightly-wound than usual today Ralph.  What's up with that?

    3. cooldad profile image59
      cooldadposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Wouldn't it be cool one day just to refer to a politician as a person instead of by gender or ethnic designation?  Who am I kidding?  This is America, that will never happen.

      Honestly, I think white people are terrified of any person one shade darker than they are.  I'm white, so I can say that.  I do think that one day, many, many moons from now, there will be enough breeding between cultures that everyone will be one shade of light-brown.  Then racism may not matter.

      I don't think race has anything to do with how someone will perform as a President.  What matters is who the candidate gets his/her money from.  Big tobacco, the unions, the religious right; they don't care about color, they care about supporting whoever will support their specific agendas.

      1. daskittlez69 profile image73
        daskittlez69posted 7 years agoin reply to this

        I wasn't trying to play the race card by any means.  But I find it said that I cannot remember personally ever seeing someone run for President that isn't "white or black".

        1. cooldad profile image59
          cooldadposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          It is sad.  I wish a gay, half asian- half-half mulatto hermaphrodite would run for office, it would get my vote.

          1. Cagsil profile image81
            Cagsilposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            lol lol

          2. Mighty Mom profile image81
            Mighty Momposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            Can hermaphrodites be gay and straight at the same time?
            Just sayin'.

      2. TMMason profile image67
        TMMasonposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Do you really think so?

        I mean I have heard that all my life... but I do not think it really ever will be so.

        I just think there will always be races... I do not think it necessarily follows that just cause we all intermix, if indeed we "all" ever did, that the result would necessarily be brown or ten?... or any one color.

        I am not arguing about it mind you... just wondering if you really think the formula works like that?

        And what others here might think about it.

        Is it really so simple as you add us all together and poof... we are all golden brown?

    4. Ron Montgomery profile image59
      Ron Montgomeryposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Not true.  Jimmy Smits ran a few years back and won.

  2. Cagsil profile image81
    Cagsilposted 7 years ago

    Nope. I would have to think that they would not be able to get the collective support required to run. That's all.

    1. daskittlez69 profile image73
      daskittlez69posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      That is a fair assumption.  It seems that a big portion of African Americans voted for Obama, if nothing else just to see someone other than an old white guy into office.  IMO

  3. habee profile image93
    habeeposted 7 years ago

    Many have encouraged Bobby Jindal to run.

  4. ThoughtSandwiches profile image80
    ThoughtSandwichesposted 7 years ago

    Former New Mexico Governor...Bill Richardson (a Hispanic) ran a cycle or two back as I recall.

  5. Charles James profile image77
    Charles Jamesposted 7 years ago

    It takes a lot even to get to the starting block as a Presidential candidate. No woman has yet been selected by a major party, and women are actually a majority of the population!

  6. Greek One profile image74
    Greek Oneposted 7 years ago

    Lots of people wont vote for someone who seems very difference from them...

    hence the long time before a Catholic was elected, a longer time before a black man was elected... and an even longer time before a woman will be elected.

    In addition, it takes a lot of money to run, and I would guess that the pool of multimillionaires is less amount the visable minority groups.

    Finally, many people who come from minority groups feel that the 'system' is not made up of people who would support or welcome their participation

  7. Mighty Mom profile image81
    Mighty Momposted 7 years ago

    Excellent thread.
    Given how recently women and blacks were even extended the right to VOTE in this country, it's not surprising that prejudice still exists.
    Politics has historically been a white males club (not unlike big business).
    It's changing. Slowly.
    Honestly, I don't think that having more minorities on the SCOTUS or in Congress makes any difference.
    When we're talking POTUS we're talking about the singular face of the United States. That is ONE PERSON that (theoretically) all Americans agree is our leader.
    Unfortunately, politics also brings out our inner fears and prejudices.
    There are people out there who would NEVER vote for a ____________(Female, Black, Asian, Mormon, Jew, Muslim, Hispanic, Gay -- fill in any differentiating factor you like).
    Even if that candidate were 10X or 100X more qualified than the alternative, they simply can't get past their prejudice.

    It's sad, really. For a country built on immigrants, we have an awful lot of lumpheads in our melting pot! lol

    1. daskittlez69 profile image73
      daskittlez69posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      MM a few years ago I remember the UK had to sit down and decide "who or what is a Englishman"  because the people living in the UK has changed so much in the last 30 to 40 years.

  8. profile image51
    MochaChocolateposted 7 years ago

    I personally don't think it would make a differences if a person besides African American or Caucasian ran for president. The only thing I see wrong with something like this is that if a person that didn't speak english very well were to try and run for president then that would be difficult. The reason I feel this way is because most of the world have english as a language that they can speak and if the community itself can't understand what the president is talking about then how would we be able to trust the president in the things he wants to try and fix, and even make better in the world.

  9. Lady_E profile image66
    Lady_Eposted 7 years ago

    I see everyone as a person - Not a colour. 

    Your Colour doesn't lead the nation - it's your wisdom, intellect, personality etc etc

  10. aware profile image66
    awareposted 7 years ago

    Wonders if Obama considers himself a African American ? Or  just  American?
    I hope it is the latter .
    ray

    1. Charles James profile image77
      Charles Jamesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I understand President Obama is also partly Irish.

    2. profile image0
      Brenda Durhamposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      LOL  You haven't listened to any of his speeches??

    3. psycheskinner profile image82
      psycheskinnerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I don't see that this question applies any more to him then any other person--we all have genetics that come from somewhere else.

 
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