The nation's first black Governor, the Honorable Douglas L. Wilder, has refused to endorse Barack Obama. With all the hoopla over Obama being the first black President, most of the sycophants in academia and the media tend to ignore that Virginia (home of the former Confederate capital) has "been there, done that."
Former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, who backed Democrat Barack Obama for president in 2008, did not endorse Obama or Republican Mitt Romney in an opinion column released days before the election. (Story here.)
Obama, the consummate ideologue and "anti-colonialist" couldn't wait to remove Winston Churchill's bust from the White House. Governor Wilder, though a liberal Democrat, governed as a true moderate and won the respect of many of his opponents. Wilder even went so far as to salute the Confederate flag which ticked off the state chairman of the Democrat Party:
I recall you standing to salute the Confederate Battle Flag approximately two years ago as you passed under it as it was displayed over the Richmond Canal Walk. Your comments on that occasion wisely noted that the flag was a legitimate symbol for some and should not be condemned where it was not displayed as a symbol of racism and bigotry. [Emphasis mine. Source.]
Of course, the difference is that Wilder grew up in the South and Virginia and, though he certainly experienced racism and prejudices, he fully understood the nuances of symbols and those who embrace them. Obama, who spent most of his youth abroad and is a strident Alinskyite ideologue, does not. Obama, unlike Wilder, is more interested in "fundamentally transforming America" than he is in actually governing. He should have sat at the feet of the elder statesman Wilder.