Much has been made about the low number of minority delegates at the Republican National Convention which took place last week. The Las Vegas Sun interviewed one of those delegates. Her name is Lorraine Marshall and she was the only black delegate representing Nevada.
By Lisa Mascaro
Thu, Sep 4, 2008
St. Paul, Minn. — Thirty-six.
That’s how many black delegates are reportedly at the Republican National Convention this week.
Lorraine Marshall of Las Vegas is one of them. She is the only black delegate in the Nevada delegation. But she doesn’t feel alone.
As she takes her seat among the 2,380 delegates, she sees only those who share her values and show her kindness, she says. She doesn’t look through the prism of race here.
Her world was literally more black and white last week.
When Sen. Barack Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for president in Denver, Marshall watched with great pride on TV at home: she saw a black family, with a loving father, mother and young daughters.
In recalling Wednesday what she saw, her eyes brightened. “You just had the warmth of this family unit … that black family unit,” Marshall said, seated in the lobby of the St. Paul Hotel where the Nevada delegation is staying this week.
“As an African-American, I am very, very proud of his accomplishments. It is historic.”
And there is a but.
Marshall will not be voting for Obama this fall. She will be voting for Arizona Sen. John McCain.
The 53-year-old human resources executive is against abortion. It is perhaps the single most important issue in her political universe.
She could not, would not, vote for a candidate who did not share her view — even history’s first major party black candidate.
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