was on the phone with my friend Errol Morris (you really should see Standard Operating Procedure, his powerful Abu Ghraib documentary) and he called my attention to what he thought was an remarkable rant by Geraldine Ferraro in The Boston Globe. (Errol lives in Cambridge).
Now you know of course that she was encouraged to resign from the Hillary campaign because of a stupid remark about Obama never getting close to the nomination if he wasn’t black. But she can’t help digging herself in deeper.
Consider this sadly damning paragraph:
“As for Reagan Democrats, how Clinton was treated is not their issue. They are more concerned with how they have been treated. Since March, when I was accused of being racist for a statement I made about the influence of blacks on Obama’s historic campaign, people have been stopping me to express a common sentiment: If you’re white you can’t open your mouth without being accused of being racist. They see Obama’s playing the race card throughout the campaign and no one calling him for it as frightening. They’re not upset with Obama because he’s black; they’re upset because they don’t expect to be treated fairly because they’re white. It’s not racism that is driving them, it’s racial resentment. And that is enforced because they don’t believe he understands them and their problems. That when he said in South Carolina after his victory “Our Time Has Come” they believe he is telling them that their time has passed.”
It’s the same phony rhetoric used by those who whine that they can’t criticize Israel without being accused of anti-semtism, rhetoric, which is not true even when, you’ll be shocked, shocked, to hear, the ploy is often used by genuine anti-semites.
Oh the poor oppressed white people, like the poor oppressed Israel-haters: “If you’re white,” Ferraro says,”you can’t open your mouth without being accused of being racist.”
In other words there really is no such thing as racist criticism of Obama; it’s just whites daring to open their mouths when theyre not “frightened”.
“They’re upset because they don’t expect to be treated fairly because they’re white.” Says who Ms. Ferraro? Who says they won’t be treated fairly because they’re white? Certainly not Obama. Could it be this is what you think or are you just giving us the fruits of your frequent conversations with ignorant and/or racist whites? Thanks for the tip on how “whites” think, though.
And don’t you love the way she ventriloquizes “whites” with an off-the-deep-end racist misinterpretation of “Our Time Has Come”. I think your unconscious is showing Ms. Ferraro. Obama didn’t say “You’re Time is Up, Whitey”. That’s evidently just the way you heard it. I wonder why?
And of course there’s the truly great misreresentation of the line that caused her departure from the Hillary campaign. Sure it was all about “the influence of blacks on Obama’s historic campaign.” Right it was all about celebrating that historicity.
The Hillary campaign must be grateful you’re no longer an Official Embarassment. But I think your time has come. And, in your case,gone.