So Obama is only where he is because he’s black.
Forget about his intellect, his determination, his hard-work, his charisma, his personal integrity etc…forget about all of that…he only got where he is because he’s a black man in America, because being a black man in America comes with loads and I mean loads of advantages..LOL LOL…LOL..LOL..
Now you know it doesn’t surprise me that one of the Clinton people Geraldine Ferraro, former Democratic Vice Presidential candidate and Clinton fundraiser would make such a demeaning comment about Obama.
From the onset of this process the Clintons have been trying to relegate Obama to the sidelines and to confine him in a political box by simply defining him as the ‘black candidate’.
Bill Clinton tried in South Carolina with his comments about Jesse Jackson when no such question was posed. Didn’t work!
But that was just the tip of the iceberg before that there was the fairy tale comment, Hillary Clinton and the Martin Luther King needed Lyndon Johnson comment and the Ed Rendell and whites not voting for Obama comments (this maybe the case but should it be accepted and reinforced by a governor/elected official?) and those are the comments that have garnered national attention!
Who knows what else has been said at the rallies and events when the cameras were turned off and the reporters weren’t listening?
I understand that this is national politics and if you’re going to play with the big boys and gals you’ve got to throw down. You’ve got to punch hard and be able to take a few punches as well but the Clintons have taken this political boxing match to a new level in trying to appeal to their base supporters.
Clinton, as I’ve discussed before appeals to a specific type of voter in the democratic party white, uneducated, low income individuals. And these individuals in particular look at Obama with some reservations some will claim that it’s because of his lack of so called ‘experience’, his policies etc, etc but I believe that if we strip away the facade and the bs, many, low income, white voters have their reservations because of the color of his skin.
We can examine the reasons for this in another blog but in all honesty this is their choice if Obama is unable to sway them with his arguments and his message and his beliefs then Clinton should receive their vote and vice-versa.
However, what truly bothers me and many other black voters, to be so presumptuous, is the fact that the Clintons who were so warmly embraced by the African American community would so readily exploit the reservations of this particular community (and that of the Hispanic community as well) for their own political advantage.
And these efforts have exposed the ‘true’ political selves of the Clintons and they have shown themselves to be just as capabale of maintaining, perpetuating and exploiting stereotypes of African Americans as many others white politicians have done and continue to do.
The Clintons were supposed to be the antithesis to this type of politician but instead they have shown themselves to be cut from same cloth as all the other politicians regardless of party affiliation and thus they do not deserve to be held up as beacons of virtue in the black community.
The Clintons have exposed themselves once too many times this political season and the fact that the candidate or the campaign have not distanced themselves and fired Ms.Ferraro is a silent signal to those in her base who fear or might be slightly uncomfortable with the idea of the first black presidency that once again the only reason Obama is here is because he’s black and if you don’t vote for Hillary then that’s exactly what you’re going to get and that this is something to fear and reject.
I’m disgusted and ashamed of the Clintons but not at all surprised and neither should you what should surprise you, is if it fails to work in Pennsylvania?
*Update* Ferraro resigned but you know what the damage has already been done..
And for the record..I don’t think or believe for a moment that Ferraro or the Clintons are racist but I do believe that the Clinton campaign has been trying to capitalize on the fears and in some cases the prejudice that some people have in regards to black people and to me the minute you do that, that is unacceptable regardless of your race..**