Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Keith Olbermann Slams Clinton on Ferraro

Tonight, as promised, Keith Olbermann attacked Senator Hillary Clinton in a ten-minute "Special Comment," saying that he was not endorsing Barack Obama but that "events insist" that he speak and stand against her "tepid response" to the controversial remarks of Geraldine Ferraro wherein she said that Obama wouldn't have been as successful if he were not black. Last night Olbermann decried the statements as "clearly racist"; tonight, he followed up with a doozy in which he accused her of "campaigning as if Barack Obama were the Democrat and you were the Republican." In so doing, said Olbermann — in letting the opportunity to forcefully oppose Ferraro's comments pass her by — Olbermann said that Clinton had "missed a critical opportunity to do what was right." Huffington Post.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Obama vs the Tide of Race and the Establishment!

Obama has just been projected winner of today's Mississipi primary, however the focus tonight as has been since men and women of African descent, sought equal standing and opportunity in these the United States of America is on race and status quo.

In the Democratic race, Mississippi voters were strongly polarized by race, even more than in most other states that voted this year. Seven in 10 whites voted for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, while 9 in 10 blacks voted for Sen. Barack Obama. Clinton won among both white women, a group she normally carries, and white men, a key swing group in this campaign. Clinton's margin among whites is about even with her largest margin among the group to date, which was in neighboring Alabama. Obama's margin among blacks was his second best showing with the group, after his home state of Illinois. About half of the voters in the Democratic primary were black.... AP


Geraldine Ferraro Hillary Clinton's Finance chairperson told the Daily Breeze of Torrance, Calif.: "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."

Mainstream America, may portray a perception of equal opportunity for all. The truth, however is, that perception is only possible by regulation and enforcement of equal opportunity legislation. There is still in most aspects of American life, an auto restraint on people color. That preset limit, of how far African Americans can go in corporate America, journalism, academia and politics.
When a person of color attempts to scale beyond the preset limit of progression, the matter of race suddenly gains significant traction. Then it does not matter the level of schooling, the goodness of character or record of achievement one has, the color of skin becomes a major restraint against progression.
The current generation of Americans may be more accepting of a diverse and multi cutural America, but those little kids in the photos from America's dark past, that witnessed the abuse and suppression of African Americans are still active participants, in the sphere of American life. It is especially these blighted aging white Americans that threaten the rise of Obama.
In Pennslyvania an upcoming primary, some have blazenly declared they would never vote for a black man.
Without refering to my own experience in this the land that Ronald Reagan called "a city on a shining hill", land of liberty; Kashikulu observes with a heavy heart that it may be to the hand of time and the grace of heart to turn a leaf on matter of race.