Monday, May 12, 2008


Stop. Just...Stop. And Think.
By Woodrow Jarvis Hill

So what is it with the Clintons and Black People? Why even bring up talk like this:

"I have a much broader base to build a winning coalition on," she said in an interview with USA TODAY. As evidence, Clinton cited an Associated Press article "that found how Sen. Obama's support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how whites in both states who had not completed college were supporting me."

"There's a pattern emerging here," she said.

...well, she's right about a pattern emerging. Just not the one she thinks -- Obama is actually gaining in that group of voters as Rust Belt contests go forward, as Andrew Sullivan points out.

I've tried to be fair. I've tried to be even handed. I've tried to realize that she's being hit by layers of sexism that aren't even being hinted about in the media, much less addressed (c.f. "tears"). People make mistakes. I'll make mistakes, time and again. Hell, it's a point that, perhaps, a man who's interests are such as mine are cannot also stand four-square as a Feminist*.

But enough is enough. Not only do two wrongs not make a right, but there comes a point where people of goodwill must step forward, and speak out against an ongoing trait, a disease that seems to infest her side of this race.
Who I am is informed by many things, but first and foremost, my experiences as a Man of Color. Without the starting gun of racing against a system bent against me, I don't know if I'd ever have seen the others running the same race. From Feminism to GLBT to Religious Freedom, and my current brooding over my "supposed ememy", so-called "rednecks" -- all these groups of Lesser Privliage have my suppport because I've seen what ingrained hate and fear can do, and not just to the Hated.

To Hillary Clinton:

When you run a race that digs itself further into the ground on racial issues, I'm forced to take notice, as is anyone paying close attention to the election. I'm forced to see the ongoing neglect of dealing with people on "your side" with regard to this issue -- from Bob Jonston to your husband to Ferraro -- as more than one-offs, more than missteps. It begins to hint of something systemic to how you see your chances, no matter how infetestimal, for this election. And given your history, given how much you and your husband have done for "my people", I can only imagine that you're doing and allowing these things to be said because it Wins Races.

This is politics, it's true. Sometimes nuance is lost, things are said in the heat of the moment, things are done for a Greater Good that look more than a little seedy and ugly at first. And it's true that you've had decades of slime, especially Sexist slime, thrown at you.

So I don't understand why you feel the urge to prove all the "politics of personal destruction" charges true. Why run a race that is doomed in ways that will only tar and slag your legacy? Is this how you wish to go down in history? Is this all that your years of hard work can, and will, amount to?

These discussions you keep having, about "states that count", and, now, "colors that count", they simply go against the core precepts of the Party who's standard you hope to bear. And moreover, they fan flames of division that many of us hoped your run, along with Senator Obama's, would help heal.

Yes, all this is a footnote in the great American Story. But it is now up to you, Senator Clinton, to decide how that footnote will read.

And I can only urge you, in the strongest of terms, to make it end on a positive, and uplifting, note.

1 comment:

BenThrewItAlready said...


I just had to come see for myself, and sure enough it was true. I suppose you are typical of the group of Obama bloggers reaching out to poke Clinton supporters in the eye one last time before you ask us for our votes.

Naive, well meaning, over idealistic youthful zeal. I can forgive that, but you have become the pot calling the kettle black as it were.

I considered supporting Obama in the beginning, even though I had been a contributor and friend of the Clintons for 14 years.

However, I found the entire campaign staff, at least those I spoke to over the phone, to have manerisms that were borderline thuggish. A lot like I would expect to encounter from a mugger on a Chicago street after dark.

And without so much as any answers to any serious questions I had early on (most were incapable of answering anyway), I declined to IMMEDIATELY contribute, hoping to get a brighter light bulb on a subsequent try. And almost inevitably it was intimated to me in the form of a question that, " Was I a racist?"

Not a drop in this Woodstock heart.

And all that from the comfort of my home!! By fellow Democrats. I was appalled. And my opinions have only been strengthened since.

Now as Obama's Whitewater rapidly approaches the moment the nomination is official, Barry Obama will be just like the Clintons. He will be mired in a Character assassination ploy used by Republicans as a campaign tactic in every election since Nixon-Bush and the Kennedy Assassination. [These days the methodology has been so well refined as to render bullets completely obsolete, except when all else fails. ]

The Obama camp has made one serious mis-calculation: Pulling the race card as a campaign strategy all along. This portends ominous potential abuses on the horizon for as far as I can see.

I don't believe for a second that the Clintons Geraldine or McCain have even one racist bone in their bodies. But I have very serious misgivings about the Dali'Bama. He sends shivers up and down my spine.

He is a divider. Not a uniter. Just like George Bush only on the opposite side that used to be my party.

As far as I'm concerned, I believe Hillary should run independently and take Harold Ford Jr. as her running mate.

I believe 91% of black Democrats and a substantial minority of white people have been "hoodwinked" by a hood from the hood.

If what I believe isn't true, then Barry Obama won't be afraid of a Unity Ticket.

This isn't about unity, though. Is it? Moving forward together united as a party and country for a common goal? This is about Barrack Hussein Obama.

Furthermore, I will not allow the media to pick and choose our candidate for us, so yes, I CAN vote Republican for the first time in my life ever. But only because I trust John McCain more than I trust our own nominee at present.

Until he proves he isn't afraid to to put Hillary on the ticket, he will not get my vote or my friends' votes, nor anyone else I can persuade.

Let's come together in the middle for the good of America, otherwise, I consider Obama another Jimi Carter at the very best, if he can even get elected without our help, votes and money.

I love Hillary Clinton, and even Bill. They made it POSSIBLE for an Obama to win this nomination to begin with.

I negotiated Al Gore's position on the ticket in 1992 in a lengthy conversation with "Chris" during the vetting process. I contributed a lot of good policy and security suggestions and warnings over two administrations.

I warned of and predicted as emminent an ASSASSINATION and sent an urgent alert to the Whitehouse through regular back door channels just 12 hours before JFK Jr.'s plane went down.

For 8 years I enjoyed direct Whitehouse access for a reason. And Hillary knows that reason.
Barrack and Michelle Obama are worried about assassination.

I am "Assassination Politics" and have been known as that in circles for nearly two decades. I am offering myself as a friend of the Obama/Clinton ticket. And no other ticket.

I seek 16 years of solid Democratic rule as the antidote to America's woes.

Play ball with us and we'll play ball with you. It's for the good of the country, Barrack, Hillary,the Party, the American people and the world.