By Lauren Regnier
I looked at the article "Black voters give Obama advantage in Virginia" by MSNBC with an African American student, Rich, who grew up in St. Paul. He and I both think that this article doesn't really go beyond stereotypes. He said that it makes it seem like black people vote for Obama simply because they are black, and not because of his views, values, etc.
The following passage in particular implies what Rich's thoughts were:
"For a Democratic presidential candidate, in a competitive race, Barack Obama has a better chance than any Democrat -- current or past -- to be able to carry a state like Virginia or North Carolina, due to his strength in the African-American community and their willingness to turn out in large numbers."
He suggests that this statement implies that if a black person has a choice to vote for a black Democrat or any other race, they will side with the black Democrat, solely for that reason and no other.
We both felt that at the end of the story the reporter tried to look more objective by saying, "Obama did better with white voters than Kerry," suggesting that Obama not only wins with the African American voters, but white voters as well. However, I feel this is a poor attempt.