Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Geraldine Ferraro on Obama

"If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman, 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 ..."

So there you have it. A liberal white woman who was the Democratic Party's vice presidential nominee in 1984, and now serves on Clinton's finance committee, wants you to know that Obama is nothing more than a Black man.

Obama, of course, disagrees and will no doubt continue to prove to white folk, and colourpeans everywhere, that he is more than just a Black man.

Geez broer!


Anonymous said...

I am a Black woman from the Caribbean and I do think Blacks are voting in droves for Sen. Obama because he is Black. They would have also voted the same way if it was a Black woman and a White woman running for President. My opinion is that Black Americans see this as a process owed to them.

Anonymous said...

Ferraro's comment that Obama is black may be offensive, but she called him "black" which is not offensive. What is very offensive is John McCain back in his presidential run in 2000 when he referred to Asians as "gooks". I don't care if he was a POW and mistreated. He has lost all respect from me as an Asian American. I wished he should have died when he was in Vietnam. He is no hero to me.

Jules said...

Obama is biracial with his mother being white, father black, and was raised solely by his white maternal family. Why most white people (specialy in the media) choose to ignore that fact ? Why nobody want to mention the fact that he is genetically about 50% white and 50% black ?

Since in most cases of divorce, children are given to the mother, why Obama's mother is not given her share of credit for his son ? Even one the leader of the feminist movement does not consider Obama as half white, half black. Is it because she is no longer alive to speak for herself ?


Anonymous said...

I agree 100% with Ferraro. I support Clinton for president, and my decision has absolutely NOTHING to do with race - NOTHING. I have, however, been called "racist" (interestingly, by white males) several times simply for saying "I support Hillary." And it REALLY angers me that anyone would jump to such a stupid conclusion.

Anonymous said...

With 80-90% of the African American vote going to Barack Obama, it cannot be viewed as anything other than racism. I have noticed this all along, and it is really disturbing. And the fact that it can't be spoken is even more disturbing. If I thought Barack Obama was the best candidate for President, I would vote for him. Race does not matter to me, I always vote for who is strongest, smartest, and most devoted candidate. In this case it is Hillary Clinton.

Anonymous said...

Something beautiful is happening in America!Do you realize how many names and statements are now on file!Relax watch the show,we know the old players.Here is a beautiful man raised by and loyal too the caucasians.They did a wonderful job!Americans are thanking them for such a wonderful servant!The caucasians are showing the whole world how mature they really are!Then the world will respond (one way or another).Unity matters not race.

Crush said...

Geraldine Ferraro was selected to run as Vice President because she's a woman!

Hillary Clinton is in the position she's in because he husband was President of the United States. Hillary Clinton would not be in the position she's is today if she wasn't a woman.

The truth hurts, don't it.

Anonymous said...

Ferraro is a disgrace to the Democratic party. She should work for the Republicans. Clinton was offended about being called a monster? Get real. She wouldn't even be a senator if it wasn't for her husband Bill and an intern.

Anonymous said...

Ferraro is an old school bigot.

So Ferraro can go ask Spitzer, who is also on Hillary's Finance Committee (as well as the Clinton's New York Campaign Chair) if its racist to slam people based on the color of their skin - or sexist to only pay for the girls?

Anonymous said...


Jeff said...

Why is that the Clintonistas (of which Ferraro The Shill is the most recently visible and embarrassing member) routinely resort to the lowest level of discourse, playing the race and poor-poor-pitiful-me cards. Is there any wonder why Hillary's negatives are so high? Uggh. Go Obama.

Vern58 said...

The fact that Geri Ferraro is using this bombastic sort of rhetoric frankly disgusts me. This sort of race baiting is not only non productive, it is suicidal to the aims of the Party- to get Republicanism out of the White House so the country has a chance of saving itself. And coming from someone who made her bones on shattering stereotypes it is disturbing in particular.
On the other hand, it really does not shock me- for two reasons. As a 50 year old white male, in an occupation dominated by women, i hear a lot of them just talking. Women of Ferraro's age(and i know many, many of them) show a marked bigotry toward Afro- Americans, and the men in particular. My own Mother, who is the same general age as GF has encountered the same phenomenon. This is an observation that i have heard many other bloggers.talk about in the past two days. When yo factor in the fact that she seems to be a radical Feminist who it appears will do ANYTHING, say ANYTHING , no matter how low or craven or untrue to get HRC in the door of the White House, why should i be shocked?
Let me make it clear that i am, far from being an Anti feminist, and am in sync with their ideals. I was raised in a household run by 2 generations of Feminists. I as an openly Gay Man for the last 30 years also understand the curse of being among "the Other". But Geri Ferraro's comments are causing me to look carefully at my beliefs. It is a highly disappointing occurrence, wounding me in my soul.

Anonymous said...

As a white male Democrat, I find Geraldine Ferraro's initial comment offensive and her defense of it inexcusable and (frankly) confusing.

Presumably, Ferraro feels like her situation was analogous to Senator Obama's current situation. This is ludicrous--while Ferraro may have been picked for symbolic purposes (and, implicitly, she asserts not because of merit), Senator Obama has declared himself a candidate for the highest office in the land and is the front-runner not because he was hand-picked and privileged by the DNC, but because he has been hand-picked by millions of Americans of all races, religions, and ages, so there are no real similarities between their positions.

Second, to defend racist remarks by calling the one who was offended a racist is the oldest trick in the book. I expect it from Bill O'Reilly. Now, I sadly expect it from the Clinton camp, where the double-standard is the only standard apparently worth having.

And, one might ask, who exactly does Ferraro mean when she says, "They're attacking me..."?

RTB said...

I am a white man and I believe Ms. Ferraro is an idiot. I feel sorry for Mr. Ferraro. I thought she was missing a few screws back when she ran for V.P. We must all be grateful she lost that election. Now, we can all see she missing more than a few screws.

Anonymous said...

Obama stands on his own merit. Ferraro's comments are based on resentment and she appears to have hang-ups with race and gender. She needs to stop pulling the gender card and face the fact that Obama will be the next President of the United States.


Anonymous said...

What she said wasn't racist, but it was divisive and condescending to think that that's the only reason he's succeeding. I don't even understand the basis when Obama is black and white. He's a mixed man and he represents both races, but she didn't see that. It's sad that in this country we're still on identity politics as an argument for why we're not succeeding. Remember Bush got rid of affirmative action for that reason, he felt that there shouldn't be quotas to aid other races to enter into college, but by their own merits. The same goes for this race, it should be based on his merits and the fact that most people look at him as transcending race.

Anonymous said...

Let's see...didn't Hillary Clinton just say, it is "regrettable" when supporters "veer off into the personal."

This is absolutely riduculous, Geraldine...it is an insult to me, and I am a white woman who supports Obama because he is able to inspire the citizens of this country, not cut them down as you have done in your public comments.

Shame on you and shame on Hillary!

Anonymous said...

I do not think this was a racist remark! I think history shows that every race has had to take stands in everything it has done. Break apart from the fact we have a diverse society in the United States today, what I think is that the comment made a great point WE ARE ALL AMERICANS and we are the only ones who are seperating the primary with racism. Who can you blame no one but ourselves. The party needs to pull together before it is pulled apart and middle class america is no longer an active part of American living!

Tim said...

If she was black, this would not be a story, just as Kwame Kilpatricks rant last night is not a story. Can America stand up and say "Reverse Racism"?

Anonymous said...

By color I am neither white nor black. I do not have religion or any other usual identity. I am just a human. However differences in race, religion, casts and gender exist. We are divided based on these elements and we will always will be. I may not believe in these things as a person, but I am certainly divided by the roots I come from. Our identity remains with us whether what we believe in or not. I asked lot of my white friends why they hate Hillary. No specific reason. What Geraldine said makes lot of sense to me. Last 2 elections went on those lines such as religion and gay marriage issues. This election is about race and gender. As a minority race, we can have all kinds of racial get together. If a black man uses n word, no one pays attention and people take that as a humor. But if a white use n word, he is almost dead. When we live in a world of denial, media can deform dust in to disdain. In this election, one race is going with their own prejudice other is going with their own feelings. We see hatred on one side and support on the other side. Who wins. you must know very well.

Shus li said...

In the U.S. two-party system of deciding whom to grant power every four years, we are wont for good choices.

For Democrats, there is Obama or Clinton. Period. Regardless of race or gender.

For Republicans, there is the demented warlord McCain.

For idealists, there are spoilers Nader and McKinney or write-ins.

The current system doesn't work. I can see your point, Brother Ridwan, of using Obama's "race" as a selling point to make America feel that they've put racism away. What does that say about running a woman candidate, though - that sexism is a thing of the past?

As you and Eugene and I have discussed, it's all a sick joke. The sooner we see the end of the nation-state as an entity, the better off we'll be, in my opinion.

I pray you are well and happy!

Here are a couple more salient comments by Ferraro, as found at http://www.dailybreeze.com/ci_8533832:

"Any time anybody does anything that in any way pulls this campaign down and says let's address reality and the problems we're facing in this world, you're accused of being racist, so you have to shut up. Racism works in two different directions. I really think they're attacking me because I'm white. How's that?"

"Sexism is a bigger problem. It's OK to be sexist in some people's minds. It's not OK to be racist."

Eugene said...

Interesting conversation you are bringing up here, brother Ridwan. Interesting comments all the way around. I Love yours especially, Shusli.

I would like to take the time to tear to shreds some of the comments made here by some posters saying that wasn't a racist comment and blanket comments like "We are all Americans" (some of us are FORCED to be Americans), but I'll save that for another time.

I would like to point out something about this presidential election folks don't look at. The system known as The United States Government is only concerned about its own survival. Thus, anyone who gets APPOINTED to the position as our supreme leader will be a person who is willing to do so for the continued protection and survival of the system. Although race and gender are some really important issues that need to be examined but more importatly DEALT WITH, it doesn't matter so much ones race or gender in attaining the job of supreme world leader (let's be honest). What matters most is that they maintain the system and insure its survival. If they are not so willing to do so, they will be sidelined, like Cynthia McKinney.

I agree with Shusli when she states the whole system has to change.

One more point, no matter who gets the job as supreme world leader, millions upon millions of people are gonna be murdered here in the states and world wide by the U.S governmental system and the "New World Leader." It is the nature of the system to protect itself and its ill gotten gain. As one of the many survivors of the U.S. lead genocide against native peoples here in the U.S. that continues to this day, I'm tellin' ya, these people are gonna continue to murder millions of people here and worldwide as long as YOU do nothing about this.

Vote who you like. People are still gonna die and suffer greatly.


Ridwan said...

Thanks to all who took time to weigh in here.

Shush li I am well and hope you are too sista. Thanks brother Eugene, hope you are feeling stronger already.

Peace to all,

Dione said...

"If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman, 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 ..."

Ferarro is just telling it the way it is. We are all who we are, race, and gender will always be a part of that. It doesn't always have to be negative either. Although it usually is, admittedly...
It is only because of how juvenile humanity still is, that we choose to focus so much of our attention to these details and let these aspects of who or "what" we are, giving so much impact on everything.

I would like to address some of the comments:
First of all, regardless of who raised Obama, or his bi-racial status, the one drop rule applies itself. This goes all the way back to the beginning of America, and farther. It is only because of how racist we all are, that we choose to focus on the "Black". Have you ever even heard Obama refer to himself as a white man, with black roots? No, you most certainly have not. However he does conveniently bring up his roots from Caucasia frequently so that he can appeal to the ruling white majority. This may be a sell out strategy for him, but it really is the lesser of many of the evils we see in presidential campaigns.

No doubt, African Americans are voting for Obama. Just as one of the other commentors mentioned, many people see Obama as a solution to racism. I'm sorry to say that this would not be the case with him in office. Mr. Obama will not cure, nor will he improve racism. Hillary, will not prove herself to be a cure for gender discrimination either. Also, neither candidate, as discussed before can relate to their genders or race,(coincidentally) so it only proves my point that these candidates are all the same on the inside where it counts.

I will say, that while I support Senator Clinton for president, despite who and what she is, I no longer see her winning the election. I do see gender and race working in Obama's favor. I am sure he is not up late at night, upset about what is helping him win either.

Further regarding Hillary Clinton, I would like to point out that she helped her husband through I believe, Law School and beyond. She for sure has a much more vast sharper political mind than her husband.(also more corrupt as well). If it were not for sexism, it would be Hillary supporting Bill in the election, because I know we would have seen her long before him in office had gender nothing to do with the power of politics.

Alas, I agree that the system has to change, but it won't change until humanity is ready.
Good luck to the world,


RTB said...

I agree with the part that Hillary is more corrupt than Bill, but if it were not for her being tied to his coat tails we would never have heard of her.
As for Ferraro's comment, she is grossly missing the mark. Obama has a whole lot more going for him than the implications of that thoughtless remark.
We are here discerning who will be the best Human Being to be the President. Obviously the content of Obama's character and the civility with which he conducts himself bothers the Clintons and their cohorts.