Thursday, March 13, 2008

An American Tradition Continues--Thanks to Geraldine Ferraro


The brazen infantile behavior displayed by Ferraro is what you ALWAYS get from racists (or people who make racist remarks and/or engage in racist actions) in a truly racist society like the 'United Hates'. This behavior is characterized and informed by the following telltale, even highly predictable signs:

Pathological lying, willful distortions of fact, bad faith, blatant irrationality masquerading as sound logic, massive insecurity, fear-mongering, insults, contempt, malice, condescension, posturing, self-pity, fake innocence, indifference to others, victimizers pretending to be victims, ridicule, and ignorance. Usually pervasive violence is not far behind as well. These attitudes and values are what has allowed and continues to allow millions of white Americans to defend and justify 250 years of chattel slavery and another 145 years of massive racial discrimination, oppression, segregation, disfranchisement, profiling and surveillance, exploitation, murder, sexual and psychological abuse, social terror, and theft.

White racists were like this in the 18th century. They were like this in the 19th century. They were like this in the 20th century. And they haven't changed in the 21st century. Of course just like in previous centuries when racists categorically refused to take intellectual, moral, social, and ethical responsibility for their racism, racists today continue that sordid and murderous tradition. This is the historical legacy that Ms. Ferraro has inherited and that she proudly continues to advance today. Is she now going to admit that simple fact and critically examine herself and her motives in that light? Of course not. But if there's one thing that racists almost NEVER DO under any circumstances whatsoever--especially when prompted to do so by an inferior--er, excuse me, I mean "black person", and that is to simply admit they are WRONG. Because if they did that they could then begin to seriously question and dismantle the gigantic structure of racism itself. However, how could a racist live without their racism? It's unthinkable, isn't it?


Ferraro leaves Clinton camp over remarks on Obama
Comments shine spotlight on race and gender

By Globe Staff And Associated Press / March 13, 2008

Geraldine Ferraro stepped down from Hillary Clinton's national finance committee yesterday, but not before a controversy over remarks she made about Barack Obama exposed the politics of race and gender in the Democratic presidential race.

'It was a statement of fact,'
Ferraro said over her remarks
that suggested Obama wouldn't be in the lead if he were not black.

Apology, and a defense

Ferraro told CNN that she was not asked by the Clinton campaign to make the move, but decided it would be best.

In a letter obtained by CNN, Ferraro wrote Clinton: "I am stepping down from your finance committee so I can speak for myself and you can continue to speak for yourself about what is at stake in this campaign. The Obama campaign is attacking me to hurt you. I won't let that happen."

Earlier yesterday, the 1984 vice presidential nominee apologized to those who thought it racially insensitive for her to suggest that Obama wouldn't be the Democratic front-runner if he were not black. But she then declared: "It wasn't a racist comment. It was a statement of fact."

On ABC's "Good Morning America," she also accused the Obama campaign of twisting her words, saying that "every time" someone makes a negative comment about Obama they are accused of racism.

Tuesday night, Ferraro had even stronger words about Obama's camp for the Daily Breeze, the newspaper in Torrance, Calif., whose interview with her last week started the controversy. "Racism works in two different directions," she said. "I really think they're attacking me because I'm white. How's that?"

The Obama campaign had called on Clinton, who had distanced herself from Ferraro's comments and called them "regrettable," to remove Ferraro from her finance committee.

Before Ferraro's resignation, Obama admonished her yesterday, saying that if someone in his campaign had suggested that Clinton "is where she is only because she is a woman," people would "take great offense, and rightly so."

"Part of what I think Geraldine Ferraro is doing, and I respect the fact that she was a trailblazer, is to participate in the kind of slice-and-dice politics that's about race and about gender. . . That's what Americans are tired of because they recognize that when we divide ourselves in that way we can't solve problems," Obama said on NBC's "Today" show.

At an afternoon news conference in Chicago, Obama, who would become the first black president if elected, said he did not believe that the Clinton campaign was deliberately stirring racial divisions or that Ferraro's comments were racist.

"I think that her comments were ridiculous. I think they were wrongheaded," he said. "The notion that it is a great advantage to me to be an African-American named Barack Obama and pursue the presidency, I think, is not a view that has been commonly shared by the general public."

The Illinois senator also expressed frustration that racial issues keep arising, asserting that his primary victories across the country have proven he can draw support from all races and regions. "We keep on thinking we've dispelled this," he said. "And it keeps on getting raised once again."

Obama said he believes that the vast majority of voters will base their decisions on substantive issues. "I have absolute confidence that if I'm doing my job, if I'm delivering my message, then there are very few voters out there that I can't win," he said. "If I'm not winning them over, then it's my fault."

The controversy comes as the Democratic electorate appears more racially polarized. Obama won the support of more than 90 percent of black voters in Mississippi on Tuesday, while Clinton won about three-fourths of white voters, according to exit polls.

Before Ferraro's resignation, the Clinton campaign stoked the fight a little more, buttressing Ferraro's comments that Clinton has been treated unfairly as a female candidate by highlighting remarks by an Obama adviser last month.

Retired Air Force General Merrill A. "Tony" McPeak told the Los Angeles Times that Obama has "real gravitas" and "doesn't go on television and have crying fits," an apparent reference to Clinton's much-publicized emotional moment on the eve of the New Hampshire primary.

The Obama campaign had immediately repudiated the comments, and McPeak quickly said he had "high regard" for Clinton. But the Clinton camp pointed out that he is front and center in vouching for Obama's national security credentials, including a news conference yesterday.

McPeak said Obama had the right judgment and steady temperament to be commander in chief, praising him for opposing a "dumb war" in Iraq and calling him "No-shock Barack" and "No-drama Obama."

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