The greatest thing about this political campaign cycle, unique in its having a viable black candidate for the first time ever, is the fact that it’s been white people, not black people, who have been constantly injecting race into the…race.
Hillary and Bill Clinton tacitly injected race into their campaign by comparing Obama’s candidacy to that of Jesse Jackson during the now-infamous South Carolina primary. They did it again when they painted Obama as ‘the black candidate’ in an attempt to rouse Latin vs. Black sentiments in the run up to Nevada. When the Clintons got really desperate, they directly tapped into white fear/hate of Obama by becoming the first campaign in decades to directly aim their appeal at working class whites at the expense of alienating minorities.
Then there were countless other incidents:
- The ‘terrorist fist bump’ as described by Fox News between Obama and his wife (anybody else think that the date of the fist bump is slowly becoming an unofficial black national holiday?).
- Various members of the Clinton campaign attributing Obama’s success singularly to his race.
- Images of Obama in Somali garb that prompted rumors of him being a secret Muslim, with conservative commentators all over the country placing emphasis on his middle name from then on.
- The Rev. Wright fiasco, with the media conveniently glossing over the fact that he was also a spiritual adviser to the Clintons
- John McCain, among others, attempting to wheel Obama’s education and oratory ability into an ‘elitist’ label, which is absolute crap. I wish McCain would just cut the bullshit and say what he really means when he says ‘elitist’ – namely, ‘Uppity Nigger’. If Obama were white, no one would be calling him elitist. He’d just be a smart white guy.
But all of the above instances are downright subtle when compared to recent comments made by the man I consider to be the second-most responsible for the shitty state of the country today: Ralph fucking Nader.
Figure 1: Creepy similarities, anyone?
In case you hadn’t heard, Ralph Nader made public comments this week accusing Barack Obama of “talking white” and “appealing to white guilt” in his bid for the White House. Specifically:
“There’s only one thing different about Barack Obama when it comes to being a Democratic presidential candidate. He’s half African-American…Whether that will make any difference, I don’t know. I haven’t heard him have a strong crackdown on economic exploitation in the ghettos. Payday loans, predatory lending, asbestos, lead. What’s keeping him from doing that? Is it because he wants to talk white? He doesn’t want to appear like Jesse Jackson? We’ll see all that play out in the next few months and if he gets elected afterwards.”
Figure 2: Even Jesse Jackson doesn’t want to be Jesse Jackson
According to Nader, Barack Obama shouldn’t be running for President of the United States. Instead, he should be running for President of Stereotypical Black America. Hey Mr. Nader, avoiding talk of payday loans, predatory lending, asbestos and lead is ‘talking white?’ Does this mean that white people don’t ever have to worry about these things and don’t talk about them because the issues don’t affect them? I had no idea that predatory lending was a uniquely black problem, but thanks to Ralph Nader I finally know that us reggins are the only ones dumb enough to succumb to ecomonic exploitation.
Nothing amuses me more than white people that like to pretend there aren’t vast swaths of their own kind all over the country living in poverty and getting their asses handed to them by life on a daily basis.
Figure 3: White people like to pretend she isn’t one of them
Nader quickly followed up his original statement with one even more ridiculous:
“I mean, first of all, the number one thing that a black American politician aspiring to the presidency should be is to candidly describe the plight of the poor, especially in the inner cities and the rural areas, and have a very detailed platform about how the poor is going to be defended by the law, is going to be protected by the law and is going to be liberated by the law…”
Oh how I do love it when people who aren’t black tell black people what they SHOULD be focused on, as if black people don’t know what the fuck it’s like to be black. Thanks, asshole.
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by any of this. Ralph Nader, like countless other white politicians whose hopes were dashed in the wake of Obama, are very pissed off that a black man was able to successfully run a campaign as something other than ‘the black candidate’. Obama represents the worst nightmare of every white racist prick in this country: a black person whose success cannot even remotely be attributed to affirmative action, preferential treatment, quotas, handicapping of white people, or any other double-edged policies racist fucks use to justify ANY measure of success achieved by black people. Obama is a black man who, by some miracle, has managed to get a large part of the American public to look as his character first and his color second.
Dr. King’s dream is staring racists in the face in a way more real then they could have ever imagined possible, and they are scared to fucking death.
I couldn’t possibly be any happier.