The Black Womanâ€™s Rally For Obama
By Chika Oduah
Greetings! Welcome to Speak Out Georgia on Good Politics Radio. Iâ€™m Chika Oduah, your podcast anchor. Thank you for joining in. We have a very interesting program today all about politics. Stay tuned for todayâ€™s discussion. (Break)
Welcome back. You are listening to Speak Out Georgia. As you know, the presidential campaign is in full swing. Weâ€™ve heard the debates, watched the diplomatic kisses on the cheeks of cherubic babes, weâ€™ve seen candidates come in and out of the great race, and weâ€™re all in tune to that buzz word: change.
This call for change is the resounding mantra of Senator Barack Obamaâ€™s campaign and today weâ€™ll speak with one organization that is completely in tune with that mantra.
Today, I speak with Patricia Wilson-Smith from Black Women For Obama. Patricia Wilson-Smith is a freelance writer and authored a book that received quite a bit of attention entitled, Duped By Love. The book brought the author into the spotlight of African American romance literature. Reviewers commented that the novel is â€œhilariousâ€ and â€œboldly realistic.â€ The author was described as one with a â€œwicked sense of humor.â€
The author is with us today, but not because of her acclaimed expertise in dating and romance, but for her political initiatives.
Patricia, thank you for joining us today on Speak Out Georgia.Â
Speak Out Georgia: What role do you play in Black Women For Obama as a contributor?
Patricia: Actually I am the executive director for Black Women For Obama. Itâ€™s an organization that I started. It started as a small group of women in Atlanta, Georgia that really wanted to get involved in the campaign and some aspects of pulling black women into the political process and itâ€™s actually spread to 16 chapters around the country.
SOG: What is the purpose of Black Women for Obama?
Patricia: Well, obviously we are all very strong Obama supporters but also, we felt like this election year, more than any other, black women had a very important voice and we wanted to make sure that as supporters of Senator Obama, we let the world know and other black women know that there was a group of us who firmly believe that Senator Obama is the best choice for the President of United States. Also, weâ€™re very very adamant about doing what we can to bring more black women into the political process. And not just black women. We reach out to voters of all races and socioeconomic backgrounds. We call ourselves Black Women for Obama because we are a group of black women.
SOG: Is BWFO simply on online community or is there more behind it? Is there a type of philosophical meaning behind it?
Patricia: Actually it started out as an online community. It basically started out with me and a blog and it kinda spread from there into a formal group here in Atlanta, Georgia then turned into several groups around the country. We do voter registration; we do volunteer events to feed the hungry. We meet, most chapters, meet at least once a month. We meet by conference as a national organization. So it started out as an online community but now itâ€™s a full blown organization.
SOG: Ok. It does sound to be very hands on and very active which is very impressive. The polls show that women very much are in support of Obama. Why do you think this is, why do you think he is so appealing to females?
Patricia: I think Hilary has good support among the women and Obama has some strong support among the women. But I think itâ€™s primarily because heâ€™s proven himself to be the candidate who has the best interests of families at heart and the interests of children. Improving the health care system, so I think he appeals to them from that standpoint. I think that women are pretty much very very tired with the direction that the country is going in. And for them, he represents change. (more…)