Do you think that uneducated African-Americans will vote for Barack Obama simply because he is mixed-race?
Interested in why you used the word "uneducated". This term is thrown around a lot, and the generalization is that people are literally not high school graduates, or ignorant of world and national affairs. How many African-Americans is that? How many whites? Asians? The suggestion is that black Americans will vote for Obama simply because he is black, and that this is wrong of them to do. We can't ask that question or take that stance, however, without addressing the voters who did NOT vote for Obama simply because he was black. Should we call them uneducated too?
I was teaching in an urban school at the time, and there was a high proportion of disadvantaged students. The very fact that Obama was running was inspiring for them. They felt angry and disenfranchised, and the election gave them hope.
I don't think that you can ever say "simply" why people vote for a certain candidate. Certainly, the idea and the image of a black president (though, as you correctly point out, Obama is mixed race rather than black) fires the imagination of much of the black community, not least because of the marker it would put down for progress in the relatively short time since segregation was abolished.
But George W. Bush is also one of America's least popular presidents, and Obama will likely gain many votes simply by representing the party that isn't Bush's. Moreover, any voters who strongly dislike the idea of a McCain or Palin presidency or vice-presidency might similarly choose to vote for the opposing party.
The point I'm making is simply that people don't necessarily vote for a candidate's policies, personalities or ideas, but might vote AGAINST the opposing candidate's policy, personality or idea. And any one voter could vote for Obama for a huge mixture of reasons.
But, in premise, Obama's ethnicity will certainly win him some support among the black community, despite any political position he holds - though exactly how much is difficult to say.
Will some African-Americans (and I don't think education really makes much difference here!) vote for Obama because he is mixed-race? Yes. Will it be simply because he is mixed-race? Less likely.
Looking back on the election I would unfortunately say yes. Though Barack Obama was expected to receive a heavy majority of African American votes, he received and absolutely disproportionately large majority of African American votes. Yes some could say that this is solely attributed to the fact that African American voters tend to lean towards the Democratic side anyway, Barack Obama received 94 percent of African American votes, this disproportionate majority doesw show that not necessarily uneducated African Americans but even some educated African Americans voted for Senator Barack Obama simply because he is of a mixed race.