Why Harold Ford. Jr. lost

I try to stay out of politics in this blog, but since I write about Tennessee culture and heritage, it is impossible to ignore the senate race in Tennessee in which Bob Corker defeated Harold Ford., Jr. 

Friends of mine in Colorado and from coast to coast asked me during the campaign what I thought of Ford’s chances, and more than one person intimated that they thought Tennessee was too racist to elect a black senator.  I would explain that, while there are bigots in Tennessee (and Colorado and Massachusetts) Ford’s family was his biggest obstacle to overcome–a point that usually got covered in just one paragraph in accounts written by outsiders. 

Writing in the Nashville Scene, Liz Garrigan and Jackson Baker give a very clear look at why Ford lost. 

Nashville Scene – Corker Crashes Ford


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