Racist Incidents Give Some Obama Campaigners Pause

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

In this revealing Washington Post article, a disturbing pattern of racism is shown to still inform the views of many American voters. Sadly, these are the “hard working white people” who make up Hillary Clinton’s base of support.

From the Washington Post:

The contrast between the large, adoring crowds Obama draws at public events and the gritty street-level work to win votes is stark. The candidate is largely insulated from the mean-spiritedness that some of his foot soldiers deal with away from the media spotlight.

Documentary filmmaker Rory Kennedy, the daughter of the late Robert Kennedy, said she, too, came across “a lot of racism” when campaigning for Obama in Pennsylvania. One Pittsburgh union organizer told her he would not vote for Obama because he is black, and a white voter, she said, offered this frank reason for not backing Obama: “White people look out for white people, and black people look out for black people.”

A Clinton volunteer said, “He’s a half-breed and he’s a Muslim. How can you trust that?”

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11 Responses to Racist Incidents Give Some Obama Campaigners Pause

  1. DMason says:

    The 100% accurate. If anyone doubts this, go visit the blog called the Democratic Underground. It’s pure Klan and pure Hillary. I finally had to stop visiting and posting because the comments were so blatantly racist that I felt dirty after reading them. Yet, these are Hillary’s peeps and she doesn’t even try to pretend it isn’t true.

  2. TOM339 says:

    When a Kennedy reports the type of racism the daughter of Robert Kennedy says she witnessed while campaigning for Barack Obama, it’s very difficult to say it doesn’t exist.

    I’ve posted before about crediting my two daughters with introducing me to Obama.

    They’re educated, successful women and both of them have told me stories about their experiences of being confronted by racism when they wear their Obama 2008 shirts at the mall or the grocery store and they live in blue, liberal states.

  3. Robert Rouse says:

    Yet the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll showed that the majority of Americans are more comfortable with the idea of an African American President (88%), than a Woman (84%), or a 72 year old (60%). Yes, racism exists, but if anyone can overcome this and get into the White House, it’s Barack Obama. I’m confidant to say “when my son grows up he’ll be able to point to a photo of him being held by the first black president”.

  4. Aunt Peg says:

    Maybe someone can explain to me why the media is fascinated with rust bucket states like Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, and the gap-toothed voters who cling to their guns, Bibles and Hillary Clinton?

    These states no more represent the USA than does Texas. They are extreme examples of the America and not mainstream.

    Yet you would never know this from the media coverage of the campaign.

  5. Joe in Colorado says:

    On the day Obama is sworn in as the nation’s 44th president, Hillary Clinton and CNN, will have their own swearing in ceremony, whereby Hillary receives an honorary presidential medal from the folks at AIPAC and signed by Wolf Blitzer.

  6. taco says:

    “White people look out for white people, and black people look out for black people.”

    You can replace “white people” with “Hillary’s supporters” and the message is the same.

    I’ve posted before I no longer visit the Democratic Underground because of the venomous racism spewing forth from the Hillbots directed at Obama.

  7. Aunt Peg says:

    Joe in Colorado – Singed by Wolf Blitzer but presented by Gloria Steinem. I became a feminist late in life but I’m no longer one.

    This campaign has taught me better.

  8. Conejo1982 says:

    We need to get through a few more weeks of this and Hillary can crawl under her rock. Let’s hope the voters don’t say enough of these battling Democrats and decide to elect John McCain. I’m more sure than ever the country can’t survive a third Bush term. Maybe 8 years ago but the very foundation we’re built upon is so weakened that I don’t think the country would survive.

  9. Diane says:

    Don’t blame feminists!

    Hillary’s supporters aren’t feminists – they are aging, white housewives who believe they never got the credit due them for their husbands’ successes, and they cling to the idea that having Hillary as president – on the misbegotten claim that she obtained experience by being married to the president – will vindicate their lives.

  10. Kellybelle says:

    Wow. It doesn’t shock me, but it saddens me. It’s 2008 and people are still on that.

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