Geraldine, again

Geraldine Ferraro has reinserted herself rather awkwardly into the 2008 democratic presidential campaign. Ishum recently remarked upon her bad and stupid – or was it stupid and bad? – op-ed in the Times last month. But now she’s gone from “wrong-headed hillary clinton supporting superdelegate” to “racist weirdo from 1984” (google it, I dare you)

She said, in a bizarro twist on centuries of racist american history, that “If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. 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.”

First of all, it’s “if Obama were a white man.” bitch, conjugate.

Second, it is true that if Obama were a white man, he would not be the first black man to have a real shot at the presidency. But if Obama were a white man, he’d still have a real freakin good chance at being the 44th white man to be president.

And thirdly, “he happens to be very lucky to be who he is”? I mean, I guess – like whoa, man, you really lucked out on that genetic lottery? It’s like she’s saying it’s unfair because hillary was never downtrodden, so she can’t inspirationally transcend her circumstances. cheater.

Clinton has said that she disagrees with Ferraro. However, calls for her to both reject and denounce Ferraro have gone largely unheeded.

Obama calls her comments “absurd”. And I agree, wholeheartedly – but I don’t want to go too far around, here.

Being black is absolutely part of Obama’s character and appeal. He is, in fact, the candidate that he is in part because he is black. He offers us a sense of (steps toward) racial reconciliation in this country.

He is inspirational to blacks who feel that the white world of power in the US is as strong as ever and is keeping them down (it is – maybe not as strong as EVER, but still, black people are kept down plenty.)

So let’s just remember that Geraldine is saying that Obama has an unfair advantage because he’s black – and that that is crazy-stupid, overzealous hillary-love, and I think she’ll regret it in the morning.

But its not like Barack Obama’s appeal has nothing to do with his race. Its not like his character, as a human being, has nothing to do with his race. I mean, the guy can shoot hoops, dance, and say “can I get an amen.” Barack Obama is black, and that is essential to who he is. (and he should count himself very lucky to be who he is, I might add…)

Ferraro, on the furor:

“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.”


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