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- Jul 7, 2004
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"They're Attacking Me Because I'm White!"
By Lightning Strykez!
The above is the latest response tonight from Ms. Geraldine Ferraro--who earlier today made some racist comments that has Hillary Clinton's camp spinning like a top. I'm not going to write an article specifically on her comments; the works of other writers have covered it sufficiently.
However, interestingly enough, this is not the first time that Ms. Ferraro has made similar statements about a candidate of color: In the April 15, 1988 Washington Post, she said "If Jesse Jackson were not black, he wouldn't be in the race."
Sound familiar? *coughBillClintoncough*
Other Republicans and anti-Obama supporters have leveled similar complaints. Even our own Matt has stated as such. So considering how relevant these concerns are, I believe it raises an interesting question for discussion: Is Barack Obama really getting over because he's black? Is he getting a pass?
Here's a counter-point to such accusations from Ms. Ferraro: I believe a strong case can be made that Obama still would have experienced such a meteoric rise--if not possibly faster--had he been white--which is quite the contrary to Ferraro's moronic statement. Why?
Well, look at history.
People seem to be forgetting that Obama is 46, not 36. He's got every bit as much raw brain power as Bill Clinton and arguably more skill as a speaker and "stumper" than Bill possessed as a candidate. Bill was a year younger than Obama when he first ran for office. And let's be frank here: White men with Obama's talents are often recruited for statewide offices as entry-level elected positions--not state legislature positions. Now, had Obama been a white Harvard Law Review president with oratorical skills to die for, his trajectory might have been state attorney general (Bill's first elected office), then governor, then presidential candidate. But how did things work out for Obama as history bears out?
He had to start his electoral career in a state senate district with a high African American population, because those demographics would bet on a black statewide candidate. Here's something else to keep in mind: People often forget the stunning fact that since Reconstruction this country has seen only 3 blacks elected to governorships. In addition, only 3 blacks have been elected to the US Senate.
Is Barack Obama truly getting a free ride because of his skin color? Seems to me that the opposite is more true. And I believe that certain Republican luminaries and members of Hillary's "Kitchen Sink" attack squad are stroking the flames of racial bigotry on the eve of these important upcoming primaries--because it is the only way they can damage this candidate's run.
What do you think?