Black Privilege

2 comments March 12th, 2008at 08:15pm Posted by Eli

Rush Limbaugh, 6/28/03:

I think what we’ve had here is a little social concern in the NFL. The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. There is a little hope invested in McNabb, and he got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he didn’t deserve. The defense carried this team.

Chris Matthews, 1/9/08:

Let’s not forget — and I’ll be brutal — the reason she’s a U.S. senator, the reason she’s a candidate for president, the reason she may be a front-runner is her husband messed around. That’s how she got to be senator from New York. We keep forgetting it. She didn’t win there on her merit. She won because everybody felt, “My God, this woman stood up under humiliation,” right? That’s what happened.

Geraldine Ferraro, 3/7/08:

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 the hell is wrong with these people??? How can anyone honestly believe that the world is just handed to minorities or women? Any preferential treatment at all (i.e., affirmative action) is far outweighed by the prejudices and disadvantages that it’s supposed to (ineffectually) counter. Can you really look me in the eye and tell me that if you were an unborn spirit floating in the void, and you wanted to be President Of The United States, or attain some other prestigious (okay, formerly prestigious) position, that your first choice would be to be born as a black man, or a woman who gets very publicly cheated on?

I sure as hell don’t think so. This kind of bullshit doesn’t surprise me coming from Rush or Matthews – as well-paid and well-fed white guys, the system’s worked out just great for them, and they don�t want to see it change one bit. At least not in a direction that might eventually result in Rachel Maddow or D.L. Hughley taking their jobs (wistful sigh).

But Ferraro should know better. She’s fought through irrational discrimination and hostility all her life, she knows what it’s like. Why on earth would she think that a black politician like Obama hasn’t had to do the same? I’m nowhere near qualified to compare the relative evilness of sexism and racism, but I know enough to recognize that they’re both Very Large Evils, and that neither one trumps the other.

I genuinely do not have a preference in this race (I’m pretty underwhelmed by both candidates), but this shit is just stupid. And while I admit I have not been keeping rigorous score, my gut impression is that there’s been a lot more aggravating crap coming from the Clinton campaign and Clinton surrogates than there is coming from Obama or his surrogates. Not necessarily racial, just aggravating, like her charming comment about how she and McCain are qualified to be commander-in-chief and Obama isn’t. I actually think she probably would be a marginally better president than Obama, but saying that the Republican candidate would be too is just beyond the pale.

Am I saying Obama didn’t say nice things about Reagan, or that one of his advisers didn’t call Hillary a monster, or that he doesn’t exploit the enthusiasm of the netroots while offering them little in return, or that he’s been some kind of courageous progressive crusader in the Senate? Hell no. I’m just saying that on balance, his campaign doesn’t gross me out nearly as much as Hillary’s does. Mark Penn? Terry McAuliffe? Eurgh.

Entry Filed under: Clinton,Democrats,Elections,Obama,Politics,Racism,Sexism,Wankers


  • 1. Cujo359  |  March 13th, 2008 at 1:19 am

    You’d think that having a black person and a woman as the two leading candidates of one party would be a cause for optimism, and yet the reactions I’m seeing to it on the Democrats’ part is positively depressing. Will a day go by without someone accusing someone of racism or sexism? Not bloody likely, it appears.

    I understand Ferraro’s frustration. I don’t understand why she said what she did, because she should have known better. Clearly, Obama has something going for him besides being black.

    I wrote about this back in January when people were accusing Edwards of being a racist and a sexist for no good reason. He could be both, of course, because he’s a white man. What more reason did anyone really need? I wish people would take a breath and think for a second, but with rare exceptions, it’s not happening.

  • 2. Christian  |  May 22nd, 2008 at 10:24 am

    I think McCain is going to win. Not really happy about this, to tell you the truth I’m not happy with any of the 3 canidates. I liked Edwards for the Dems and Ron Paul for the Reps. However extremism, whether left or right, wins the special interest vote in the primaries but it is centrists who win general elections. McCain will appeal to centrists more that 2 left wing canidates who are further handicapped by being either african or a woman. If the Dems had run a white guy I think they would have had it in the bag already.

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