I guess I’m just naïve but I have to tell you that I am now shocked by this Geraldine Ferraro statement – saying in effect that Obama only got to where he is because he is Black – which is very clearly racist. And of all people? She was criticized the same way as a woman VP nominee.
Now, I defended Bill Clinton’s earlier remarks because I thought it was unfair to make judgements when one considered the whole context of his life and his long support of Blacks and their issues but this is now really looking bad to me. Having worked at the senior level in a couple of presidential campaigns I know that nothing happens accidently. Everything is calculated. And this is just really, really disappointing to me.
Now, Republicans and evangelicals can play pretty dirty. There was that Christian Coalition lady in South Carolina in 2000 who spread the stories of John McCain’s lovely adopted child which was portrayed in her whispering, e mail, campaign as a Black child and which was overtly racist as well as being false. And if Karl Rove did not inititate that smear, and to my knowledge there is no proof yet that he did, he nevertheless did not repudiate the Christian Coalition and worked with them again and again, year after year in spite of what they had done, and George W. Bush allowed that. That stinks to me. And makes me suspect Karl was behind it. I want nothing to do with that kind of hypocrisy.
But Demorcrats? The Clintons?
You mean they don’t really care about Black people? Their lives are only about power? All they have said and done for Blacks over the years was only in their own interest? They have no empathy for what Blacks have been through? They can play the race card too when it suits them? Or am I missing something here? Have Black leaders renegged on commitments to the Clintons? And are the Clintons now acting out of their own hurts?
I’m sorry for sounding so stupid but this really, really disappoints me. Makes me want Obama to win. Helps me understand why Black journalists are so overtly supportive on news shows, shedding all pretense of professionalism and journalistic objectivity, openly supporting Obama, all of which I have been criticizing in previous blogs as unseemly and embarrassing.
This is really sad. I have long warned Evangelicals that they are very foolish to be a one party people because I have seen how being a one party people has hurt the Black cause and how it has often hurt the gay and lesbian cause. If Clinton does win the nomination and I cannot believe it will happen, the Democrats just may have finally ruined their relationship with Blacks and John McCain would be the best man to welcome some of them back to the party of Lincoln, if any wanted to come.
It is likely that all of this will fall back into place. Obama will win and he will be forced to take Hillary as VP nonminee and she will do it because her husband still needs historical rehab, and then all will be fine among the Dems but I don’t think all will be normal. I don’t think the Blacks will ever forget what is happening here and I think they now have no illusions about liberal white politicians who say they really care.
It’s only about power.
BTW, I am off to Kiev, Ukraine so will be away from the keyboard for a few days.