Ferraro is wrong, but not a racist

Geraldine Ferraro said something fairly stupid, or at least something that could easily be construed as stupid. She said:

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.

What she meant, from what I can tell, is that there is a strategic advantage to have a black Presidential candidate right now. That the times are right, from a political strategy standpoint, to capitalize on a candidate of color. She says her own candidacy for Vice President was specifically because of her gender.

That’s not a racist comment and I don’t believe she is a racist. I think she’s wrong, though. I don’t think Obama’s candidacy or popularity is because of his race in any way. For the more backwards-ass in this country, it’s actually in spite of his race. For most people, I think his race is irrelevant. It is for me.

I’m very happy, of course, that women and people of color are closer than ever to being President of the United States. I think the monopoly that white men have had in that office is unwarranted and largely because of historical bias. But that doesn’t mean I would support any candidate solely because of their gender or their race. Obama is smart. That’s why I like him.

Ferraro is wrong, but not a racist

2 thoughts on “Ferraro is wrong, but not a racist

  1. Fotodog says:

    I’m glad to hear someone from the liberal side of things finally address that this wasn’t a racist remark.

    I do think that Obama has an advantage because of his race though. Is he smart?? I think so
    Is he charismatic?? Definitely
    Is he good at giving speeches?? Hell yea.

    I would prefer to hear some more meat from him though. I hear him saying that “I’ll take 900 billion dollars and create more opportunities for inner city youth”, “I’ll end the war in Iraq” . . . . But how??
    Where are you going to get all of this new money if you don’t expect to raise taxes.

    He has great speech writers and his charisma and yes, his race, are fueling the bandwagon.

    I do think it’s odd that his financial snafu was so quickly swept under the rug tho’. . . .

    I’d also be interested to hear his real views on “his” church. If you look at the website it does lead one to believe that their agenda is not as diverse and accepting as it should be. For a church.


  2. Brad says:

    I don’t think she is a racist. I think that Obama has a bit of that Bobby Kennedy charisma thing….young, handsome, intelligent, charismatic ideology thing… I don’t think it helps him that he is black. I am sure it probably hurts him with a significant group of folks.

    I am finding the current situation to be quite interesting.


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