Ferraro learns a lesson, lynching cartoon

ferraro lynching cartoon
Geraldine Ferraro has stepped down from her honorary post in the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign and the Clintons have apologized for her comments. Tsk Tsk. This cartoon takes her “He happens to be very lucky to be who he is.” comment to a new level. To me it says “When has it ever been a thing of luck to be a Black man in the US??“. With all that Black men have faced…lucky is the word you use?? Oh and of course he just can’t be intellegent or the right man for the job (or “clean” as others have been brow beat for noting).

Simply, Ferraro was using race to kneecap the Black candidate.

Her comment points once again to an attitude in the Clinton camp that has been expressed so many times now it cannot be accidental. In their universe, Obama is an apparition, devoid of substance, elevated well beyond his abilities by the novelty of race. He is, as Ferraro says, “lucky to be who he is.”

And that is Clinton’s big lie. If it is the happy good fortune of mere complexion that can make a candidate formidable, why is Obama the first and only Black man to be a viable contender for the White House?

Before Ferraro, there was the unidentified Clinton adviser who told the London Guardian, “If you have a social need, you’re with Hillary. If you want Obama to be your imaginary hip Black friend and you’re young and you have no social needs, then he’s cool.”

And then came Bill… – Read the rest at The Arizona Republic


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5 Responses to Ferraro learns a lesson, lynching cartoon

  1. ajlovesya

    And they say we play the race card…

  2. I don’t know, man…

    I feel like everyone is going overboard with some of these politically-related ‘events.’

    I think Ms. Ferraros had a slight point. And that other lady from Obama’s campaign — the one who said Hillary Clinton is a monster — she had a point, too.

    Isn’t that what’s been driving most of this campaign? — That Barack Obama appears to be the first truly electable black man in America running for the presidential office (if he weren’t who he is… he’d probably just be another white man… like most of the candidates before they dropped out). And he’s going up against a monster — someone most Americas reportedly find frightening…especially with the prospect of having another Clinton (and the Hillary, too) in the White House.

    Personally, I don’t think Obama or Clinton or McCain are any different… they each may present a different face, but will represent the same interests if/when they get into the White House. There are just too many issues none of them are acknowledging that lets me know it will not be otherwise.

    And, shouldn’t black people like being black? Luck? How about a blessing? How much of your strengths and complexities are only possible because you are black?

    Don’t over-simplify Ferraro’s comments.


  3. Lucem ferre

    Article that sums it up pretty well from Thenation.com


    BENEATH THE RADAR | posted March 20, 2008 (April 7, 2008 issue)
    Obama, Ferraro, Wright: ‘Postracial’ Meets Racism

    “The way we see things is affected by what we know and what we believe,” wrote John Berger in Ways of Seeing. “The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled.”
    When former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro sees Barack Obama–a black man, raised by a single mother, whose middle name is Hussein and whose surname rhymes with Osama–she sees privilege.

    “If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position,” she said. “And if he was a woman of any color, he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept.”

    Quite what concept Ferraro was referring to is difficult to fathom. Of the ten whitest states to have voted so far, Obama has won nine of them. Of the ten blackest states to have voted so far (including the District of Columbia), he has won nine of them. The votes are not weighted for melanin content. His lead is the product not of affirmative action but of democratic election.
    Shortly after Ferraro made her comments, we saw just how advantageous Obama’s race could be when controversy over his pastor, Jeremiah Wright, forced him to deliver a landmark speech about race. Every presidential hopeful has his racial moment. For Reagan it was the Neshoba County Fair near Philadelphia, Mississippi; George Bush Sr. had Willie Horton; Bill Clinton had Sister Souljah; Bush Jr. had Bob Jones University. Each one sought to comfort white voters with at worst their bigotry and at best their ambivalence toward African-Americans.

    That was not an option for Obama. Boy, was he lucky. All he had to do was address black alienation and white disadvantage, set it in a historical context and then call on people to rise above it. In so doing, he had to acknowledge not just the fact of physical segregation–schools and housing–but psychic segregation. For while Wright’s sermons clearly shocked many whites, to many blacks his sentiments were as banal an addition to the dinner table as hot sauce.

    In truth there was only so long you could keep that elephant in the room before it dumped on the carpet. Obama cleared the mess up pretty well. Shifting the stains will be trickier. For all his talk about transcending race, not even this biracial, Ivy League, intact-black-family man could escape America’s racial dysfunction.

    Which brings us back to Ferraro. For if her initial comments were ridiculous, her response revealed just what Obama is up against. “Every time that campaign is upset about something, they call it racist,” she said. “I will not be discriminated against because I’m white. If they think they’re going to shut up Geraldine Ferraro with that kind of stuff, they don’t know me.”

    And so Ferraro turns the world on its head. The perpetrator claims victimhood and takes to the airwaves to claim she is being silenced. Having asserted her right to be offensive, she then seeks to deny the right of others to be offended. Accusations of racism, real or imagined, are portrayed as more egregious than racism itself. Obama is lucky because he’s black; Ferraro is discriminated against because she’s white. White is the new black. We have race without racism.
    There are many problems with her retort, but for now let’s just deal with two. First, no one from Obama’s campaign actually called her a racist. Obama called her comments “divisive” and “patently absurd.” His chief strategist, David Axelrod, called her “divisive” and “polarizing.”
    Second, the comments are patently racist. Indeed, they are taken straight from the playbook of late-twentieth-century racism. Before the civil rights era the accusation used to be that black people could not succeed because they were black. Once affirmative action was introduced the emphasis shifted to suggest that they succeeded only because they were black. Either way the point is clear: black people are genetically ill equipped to succeed on their own merits.

    This was no one-off either. Shortly before the New York primary in 1988, Ferraro declared, “If Jesse Jackson were not black, he wouldn’t be in the race.” One wonders what a black candidate would have to be or do to meet with Ferraro’s approval. In November, after Hillary Clinton was subjected to tough questioning in a debate, Ferraro said, “It’s OK in this country to be sexist. It’s certainly not OK to be racist. I think if Barack Obama had been attacked for two hours–well, I don’t think Barack Obama would have been attacked for two hours.”
    There is a word for people who consistently deny the existence and effects of racism while denigrating black achievement. It’s called racist. It is not a word that should be used casually, and it is a word that has at times been misused. But it is not a word that we should refrain from using simply because some people might be offended. Ferraro is a racist. That’s not all she is. And that’s not all she has to be. But that is what she has consistently chosen to be in her response to black men in politics.

    To insist on this is divisive only insofar as it divides racists from antiracists. Those who seek to set underrepresented groups against one another must be challenged. There can be no progressive coalition in this country that does not include black men and white women. But that coalition must be based on antiracism and antisexism. Feminism that does not embrace antiracism, like antiracism that does not embrace feminism, is little more than a campaign for sectional interests masquerading as a struggle for equality. It seeks not an end to inequity but just a different division of the spoils.

    Given his looks, oratorical skills and intelligence, it is difficult to imagine what Obama couldn’t do if he were a white man; but it’s pretty obvious that he wouldn’t have had to make that speech. In the end, though, it may be less useful to speculate about what his candidacy would look like if he were a different race than to wonder how he would fare if there were no racism.

  4. Lucem ferre

    My response which is awaiting approval to be posted at:

    All he had to do was address black alienation and white disadvantage, set it in a historical context and then call on people to rise above it. In so doing, he had to acknowledge not just the fact of physical segregation–schools and housing–but psychic segregation. For while Wright’s sermons clearly shocked many whites, to many blacks his sentiments were as banal an addition to the dinner table as hot sauce.”

    As the White Democratic Progressive husband of an African American woman and the White father of a Biracial child, I cannot tell you how frustrating it is to hear the Clinton’s and Ferraro’s of the world talk.

    We all accept, or at least I do, that Hannity and Limbaugh and Bush and Trent Lott and Pat Buchanan and Falwell and so many others on the Right are racists. Hell, I even understand liberal racism, the kind in which Whites in power pat Blacks on the head like they are little children and expect a thank you from them for our helping build that great new project in the center of 666 hellcity USA.

    I spent nearly five years living in projects in Reading Pennsylvania as a child and I can tell you, I never said thank you. I grew up on welfare, eating government cheese and bread and soup and chips, and corn and meat and I can tell you I never said thank you. I had a welfare meal ticket for lunches almost every year I was in school and I never said thank you. I lived in government supported and church supported children’s homes and foster care and group homes and independent living centers and never once said thank you because I would rather have been taught how to live than how to receive.

    However, in spite of my background, my Liberal ideology and my hard-earned education, the blatant racism expressed by Democrats Clinton and Ferraro and then their hiding behind blaming the real victim and their claims of being victims themselves has just about removed me from voting in this election, should Obama lose this primary.

  5. Lucem ferre

    The end of my last post was cut off. Sorry, here it is.

    This has become too personal and while I may not want to fully accept this as fact, it may have gone too far this time. THANK YOU Clinton’s.

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