The knowledge that Obama will be the first black American to lead a major party in a U.S. presidential election as he faces Republican John McCain in November provoked a flood of reflection from black voters at Atlanta's "K&K Soul Food" restaurant.Uh...this reporter's search for black voters takes him to K&K Soul Food? Was the barbershop closed that day?
I can see the reporter, Matthew Bigg and his editor in the newsroom that day.
Editor: Matt, we need you to write a piece on what black people are feeling about Obama's unprecedented win.
Matt: Wow, that's gonna be a tough one. We're in Atlanta, where will we ever find black voters?
Editor: You're right Matt. Maybe we should just scrap the story....Wait, don't they like greasy colon clogging pork products marinated in barbecue sauce and greens bathed in hog fat.
Matt: I think they do.
Editor: It's almost lunch time, head down to K&K's!!!! And bring me back some ribs!!!!
Here's some my favorite parts:
ICED TEAand this one:
It was business as usual at the restaurant in a working-class neighborhood in southwest Atlanta.
As on any other day, the mostly black clientele lined up with brown trays to select from a menu that included oxtail, fried fish, collard greens and iced tea, paid the cashier in her glass booth and sat down to eat using plastic knives and forks.
[Watch the smooth transition here--RS]
Some customers said Obama's win was evidence of wider changes that included a softening of barriers between blacks and whites and a broader acceptance that many groups compete in U.S. society.
"I am not looking at him (Obama) in terms of color. Maybe my parents would have done that. I am looking at him as the best candidate," she said between mouthfuls of fried fish.
Jackson said she traveled to eat at "K&K" because the restaurant seasoned its food in a way that reminded her of how food was cooked when she was growing up in Mississippi.