From Not Black Enough to Too Black

A year ago, Barack Obama was simply not white enough to get the “Black” vote. After Obama won in all white Iowa and then during the South Carolina primaries, Billary discovered a new plan — turn Barack Obama into a guy who is too Black for whites to vote for. Now Bill Clinton is saying that that was a myth (I suppose his Jesse Jackson comment was part of our collective imagination).

The fact of the matter is that Hillary Clinton cannot possibly win this election on the merits. She can’t win the votes and the numbers simply don’t work for her. She only has one chance, and that chance is to destroy Barack Obama, rendering him unelectable and hoping that the convention will mount a coup in her favor.

And the facts are also pretty clear. During the same week that Geraldine Ferraro insisted that Barack Obama had an advantage in the election because of his race and gender, a series of potentially outrageous statements from the past by the pastor of Obama’s church, Jeremiah Wright, have surfaced. Why have these statements come to light now? Why was it strategically important to bring them up precisely when Ferraro was making her statements?

Prior to the elections in Pennsylvania where Hillary must win big, why shouldn’t Hillary play the race card in an area with a large percentage of blue collar workers? Why not turn Obama into a guy who is too Black — and not only sympthatic to hate-the-man Black radicals, but also an African American who is now reaping the benefits of afirmative action? Isn’t that what Ferraro is reminding us all of — white people, like Hillary, suffer from the advantages that society is giving Hispanics and African Americans?

Let’s be honest. Neither African Americans or women have a great advantage in politics in the U.S., regardless of what Ferraro or anyone else may think. Just look at the numbers. The percentage of white men in politics is overwhelming. How many candidates in these primaries were African American, or female? Let’s look at the list of candidates, Geraldine:

  • Clinton
  • Obama
  • Edwards
  • Biden
  • Gravel
  • McCain
  • Paul
  • Romney
  • Guiliani
  • Huckabee

Looks like a lot of White men to me. If it were much easier for African Americans or for women, then I think you would have more of both running for office. I can’t think of anything more difficult than running against the Clinton hate machine.

Finally, the huge outrage surrounding Jeremiah Wright’s comments is interesting. As mentioned, his statements are not newsworthy in the present. They are old, and if relevant, should have been brought up before. Nevertheless, how many of us can honestly disagree with what Wright is saying about our country’s double-morality?

From 2003:

The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing ‘God Bless America.’ No, no, no, God damn America, that’s in the Bible for killing innocent people.

God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme.

September 16, 2001:

We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye.

We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America’s chickens are coming home to roost.

We have to face the historic facts that we have (i) treated our citizens like subhumans and (ii) supported the subhuman treatment of other governments towards their citizens and others. That doesn’t sound too contraversial to me.

The real scandals here are the timing of the “vetting” and why Hillary continues to be in this race.

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2 responses to “From Not Black Enough to Too Black

  1. Dear human:

    A spooky, alternative reality sucks the smarts out of the average American, blackmails our government into pursuing terror and hypocrisy as policy, leading us like sheep on shocking and awful wars of conquest, disco rape, pornographic torture, and various other ominous escapades that directly endanger the American people, and reveal our lack of decency as a nation upon whose breath one can still smell the Similac.

    That force–which has hijacked American democracy from its infancy, makes or breaks our politicians, and ultimately controls the very opinions of the American people, essentially reducing us to cattle intellectually–is Media Control.

    There obviously is nothing untrue about what Reverend Wright said. But truth doesn’t matter. America operates on perceptions. And perceptions are controlled by the media.

    The first step in awakening Americans from their intellectual slumber is to redistribute media resources like Fidel redistributed the land in Cuba.

    Media control is the biggest obstacle to justice, peace and decency on this choking planet.

    Amir
    http://www.meetyourworld.com

  2. eric

    Amir,

    Thanks for your insight! The problem is that the press simply feeds on the demands of the market. It’s like Hollywood. You can complain all you want about its movies, but if people buy them, then you have to blame the people. The media is just another business, and the people are consuming just another product. As long as we buy, they’ll sell.

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