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?”