On Friday, I flew to Washington, DC last week to attend a really unique conference called the Blogging While Brown conference. I did not know what to expect because I had never been to a blogging conference. I knew it would be interesting when I received a cryptic email that some conference attendees would have a chance to speak to White House staff members at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. I pretty much became a basket case from that moment.
We had a chance to meet with Corey Ealons, Director of African American Media and Coordinator of Special Projects and Jesse Lee, Online Programs Director. They were both very kind and engaging and we had a great discussion about politics, education, technology, etc.
They talked about the need for people to become more involved in the political process and the national discussion using various forums and platforms online, especially through whitehouse.gov. A lot of people don’t feel as if they have a voice or influence on what goes on in our country. This site provides an outlet to engage and interact with the policymakers.
It made me think about how much our politics make up who we are. I certainly learned a lot about myself and my friends in the last presidential election. I think it definitely becomes a part of how we view potential partners as compatible or not.
Do you think the politics and dating relationships should mix? Would you be brave enough to bring up a hot button political topic when you are on a date?
I can recall being on a date with a white guy who made some pretty provocative statements about black women and politics. I have to admit that it made me gun shy for a long time about dating outside my race. Do you think that our politics have to match in order for us to date successfully?