Being a ground breaker is not new for her, as McKinney was the first African American woman to represent Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives. This former Democrat served six terms in Congress before losing her 2006 bid for re-election.
With that said, let us relish in the pride of the moment and applaud McKinney for doing what several other African American women: Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm (1972), Dr. Isabelle Masters (1984, 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004), Leonora B. Fulani (1988 and 1992) and Senator Carole Moseley Braun (2004) attempted to do... but failed.
Now, there are those who will attempt to verbally assail her as a "spoiler" or an "Obama hater" for jumping into the race at this juncture. But we live on a rapidly expanding 'global' playground... and African Americans can no longer be pigeonholed to one party nor viewed as one-dimensional or monolithic on the political landscape. Indeed, having an African American man and woman participating on the national and international stage, debating alongside Senator John McCain, on critical issues and platforms to make America better... will make great theater.
With both Barack Obama and Cynthia McKinney's names on this year's presidential ballot will make available a 'choice' that has not been afforded to Blacks in this country EVER, and may not ever happen like this again in our lifetime.