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Bill Clinton: “I’m no racist”

WASHINGTON (AFP) — Ex-president Bill Clinton said in an interview Monday that he was not a racist, but refused to revisit his primary campaign spats with Barack Obama’s campaign until after November’s election.

Clinton, who became embroiled in a string of controversies while backing his wife Hillary Clinton in her unsuccessful Democratic primary bid, denied ever attacking the presumptive Democratic nominee personally.

“It would be counterproductive for me to talk about it,” Clinton said in an interview with ABC television.

“There are things that I wished I urged her to do. Things I wished I had said, things I wished I hadn’t said.

“But I am not a racist. I never made a racist comment and I did not attack him personally.

Clinton accused the Obama campaign of “playing the race card” against him during the primary campaign, which appeared to strain his previously close ties with the African American community.

Some Obama backers bristled when Clinton in January likened Obama’s candidacy to the campaign of African-American civil rights icon Jesse Jackson in 1988.

Others also accused Clinton of trying to diminish Obama, the first African American candidate with a realistic chance of winning the presidency.

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What Did She Really Mean?

You know, I didn’t really know what to make of Hillary Clinton’s latest ill-advised comments. It’s been a long race and it’s easy to slip up and say something innocent, but damaging if taken the wrong way, so I didn’t want to jump to conclusions. The below article is a very interesting take on the whole thing. Either she didn’t know the time lines of the democratic elections she was referencing or she took a serious shot at Obama (no pun intended)…

Clinton’s Grim Scenario
(The Washington Post) – If this campaign goes on much longer, what will be left of Hillary Clinton?

A woman uniformly described by her close friends as genuine, principled and sane has been reduced to citing the timing of Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination as a reason to stay in the race — an argument that is un-genuine, unprincipled and insane. She vows to keep pushing, perhaps all the way to the convention in August. What manner of disintegration is yet to come?

For anyone who missed it, Clinton was pleading her cause before the editorial board of the Sioux Falls, S.D., Argus Leader on Friday. Rejecting calls to drop out because her chances of winning have become so slight, she said the following: “My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right? We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California. You know I just, I don’t understand it.”

The point isn’t whether you take Clinton at her word that she didn’t actually mean to suggest that someone — guess who? — might be assassinated. The point is: Whoa, where did that come from?

Setting aside for the moment the ugliness of Clinton’s remark, just try to make it hold together. Clinton’s basic argument is that attempts to push her out of the race are hasty and premature, since the nomination sometimes isn’t decided until June. She cites two election years, 1968 and 1992, as evidence — but neither is relevant to 2008 because the campaign calendar has been changed.

In 1968, the Democratic race kicked off with the New Hampshire primary on March 12; when Robert Kennedy was killed, the campaign was not quite three months old. In 1992, the first contest was the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 10; by the beginning of June, candidates had been battling for about 3 1/2 months — and it was clear that Bill Clinton would be the nominee, though he hadn’t technically wrapped it up.

This year, the Iowa caucuses were held on Jan. 3, the earliest date ever. Other states scrambled to move their contests up in the calendar as well. When June arrives, the candidates will have been slogging through primaries and caucuses for five full months — a good deal longer than in those earlier campaign cycles.

So Clinton’s disturbing remark wasn’t wishful thinking — as far as I know (to quote Clinton herself, when asked earlier this year about false rumors that her opponent Barack Obama is a Muslim). Clearly, it wasn’t logical thinking. It can only have been magical thinking, albeit not the happy-magic kind.

Clinton has always claimed to be the cold-eyed realist in the race, and at one point maybe she was. Increasingly, though, her words and actions reflect the kind of thinking that animates myths and fairy tales: Maybe a sudden and powerful storm will scatter my enemy’s ships. Maybe a strapping woodsman will come along and save the day. Continue reading

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Duh! Bob Johnson saying things we already know about Obama

FROM CNN’s Jack Cafferty:

The billionaire founder of Black Entertainment Television says Barack Obama wouldn’t be his party’s leading presidential candidate if he was white.

Hillary Clinton supporter Bob Johnson has revived comments previously made by Geraldine Ferraro, telling The Charlotte Observer,

“What I believe Ferraro meant is that if you take a freshman senator from Illinois called ‘Jerry Smith’ and he says I’m going to run for president, would he start off with 90 percent of the black vote? And the answer is, probably not… Geraldine Ferraro said it right. The problem is, Geraldine Ferraro is white. This campaign has such a hair-trigger on anything racial … it is almost impossible for anybody to say anything.”

Um, if Obama wasn’t black no one would be asking you your opinion of him, Bob. You wouldn’t be in the news, Bob. Somebody, anybody…tell Bob to shut the HELL up. What the is wrong with him. Did he really really listen to what Farraro said? I think is undercover racism sensory apparatus is broken!

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Clinton Apologizes To Black Voters

Presidential Hopeful Apologizes For Comments By Her Husband And Geraldine Ferraro

Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., makes a campaign stop at a National Newspaper Publishers Association event at the Washington Hilton in Washington, Wednesday, March 12, 2008. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(CBS/AP) Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton did something Wednesday night that she almost never does.

She apologized.

And once she started, she didn’t seem able to stop.

The New York senator, who is tight race with Illinois Sen. Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination, struck several sorry notes at an evening forum sponsored by the National Newspaper Publishers Association, a group of more than 200 black community newspapers across the country.

Her biggest apology came in response to a question about comments by her husband, Bill Clinton, after the South Carolina primary, which Obama won handily. Bill Clinton said Jesse Jackson also won South Carolina when he ran for president in 1984 and 1988, a comment many viewed as belittling Obama’s success.

“I want to put that in context. You know I am sorry if anyone was offended. It was certainly not meant in any way to be offensive,” Hillary Clinton said. “We can be proud of both Jesse Jackson and Senator Obama.”

“Anyone who has followed my husband’s public life or my public life know very well where we have stood and what we have stood for and who we have stood with,” she said, acknowledging that whoever wins the nomination will have to heal the wounds of a bruising, historic contest.

“Once one of us has the nomination there will be a great effort to unify the Democratic party and we will do so, because, remember I have a lot of supporters who have voted for me in very large numbers and I would expect them to support Senator Obama if he were the nominee,” she said. Continue reading

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Hillary’s problem…

“If Barack Obama were a white man, would we be talking about this as a potential, real problem for Hillary? …If he were a woman of any color, would he be in this position that he’s in? Absolutely not.”

This is the insinuating quote from Geraldine Ferraro, former member of The US House of Representatives and the first and only woman to represent a major US political party as a candidate for Vice-President, that is the current talk around water coolers in America. She was also apart of the finance committee for the Hillary Clinton campaign. One of the greatest offenses I feel regarding this statement is the notion that Hillary Clinton is somehow clearly deserving of the presidency of The United States of America, and Barack Obama is just some “problem” on her way to her predestined appointment. From allowing one of your team members to say such things (reminiscent of what Geraldine said when Jesse Jackson ran for President) as well as demoting the current front-runner in the democratic election by suggesting he be your Vice-President, Hillary has clearly brought to the surface her sense of entitlement. Maybe if Hillary weren’t a woman AND married to Bill Clinton, we wouldn’t be talking about her so much and she may not be in the race for The White House. Truth is, there are a myriad of reasons why people are drawn to different candidates, some political and some otherwise. However, to assume that Obama’s only draw is that he’s black and a man and to think that being a woman and married to former President Bill Clinton has nothing to do with Hillary’s appeal is a bit presumptuous. And what exactly did Geraldine mean when she questioned whether a woman of any color would be in the same position in the race as Barack???

The FULL interview is below. She had a lot to say…

Note: Ferraro: My comment wasn’t racist, it was a fact – Hot off the presses from CNN Political Ticker

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Hate Mail

Someone named “theresa” left this comment on the “Black Folks Fighting Outside the Church” post.

“Who the hell sponsors this website. It seems like every subject on here is racist as hell. What’s up with all the racist words and referring to black people as monkey’s and negroes?????? If you ask me this is a shitty ass website.”

I don’t know who “theresa” is…but I do know one thing. She didn’t take the time to look at the posts on this blog and see the true intent. Now I could “dig all in her ass” and talk about how she most likely can’t read…but that wouldn’t be nice, or correct. I’m not here for that.

I am a proud African American woman living in the DC area and I’m doing this blog as a labor of love. I’m not afraid of the ugliness that is racism. I choose to expose it, to air it out. If you have an issue with racism in your face…you won’t like this blog. If you have an issue with the word NEGRO…that is your issue. Colored, black, negro, african american…these words mean a lot of things to a lot of people. To me Negro is not a negative word, it’s an historic word with lots of positive and negative connotations.

These words are just words, and what I present here in this blog is just words. If you are offended…good. If you are amused…good. If you don’t understand…good, but ask some questions…seek out the truth so you do gain perspective on these issues. I’m just here to present information and shine some light. I hope the rest of you (some 12,000 per day) are getting something good out of reading what I’m posting.

I think the song “Read a Book” from DC’s own D’Mite is a great way to end this post.

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