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Can Barack Obama Win the Black Vote?

In his speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) declared that there is no black America or white America — only the United States of America. Since the launch of his campaign for president, the black political establishment has openly questioned Obama's political experience and his cultural background — whether, in effect, he is black enough, or whether he can be described as an African-American at all.


Clarence Page, Pulitzer prize winning journalist and nationally syndicated columnist with the Chicago Tribune

Debra Dickerson, columnist for Salon.com and author of the book, The End of Blackness

Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) beat Barack Obama in a congressional race in 2000

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