Saturday, May 10, 2008

Clinton: hard-working=white

Lots of my friends have talked about their dislike of Hillary Clinton, how they'll never vote for her even if she wins the primary, and so on. I've never had that view, although I admit it isn't for entirely rational reasons. When I was starting out as a Legal Services lawyer she was on the board of the Legal Services Corporation, and this was during the years when Reagan had Legal Services as one of his main targets in his war against the poor. Also, when Bill Clinton was president and decided to follow in Reagan's footsteps by kicking massive numbers of people off welfare, many of us assumed (I'll admit that we were probably wrong) that Hillary was opposed to what he was doing.

Now, though, it's gotten harder to hold onto any good feeling for her, and here's another example of why that is.

Here's what she said in an interview with USA Today:

"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."

Notice that phrase: "working, hard-working Americans, white Americans"?

What are we supposed to take from that, except that she's saying that the "hard-working" is another word for "white"?

She really has to go, and fast.


Blogger furtherleft said...

If you are from or have lived long in the US, or probably many other nations as well, consider racism and other crimes of the nation as part of your make up no matter who or what color you are. It is taught well and has to be for it is the grease that allows the wheels of commerce to turn. People who fight each other do not fight those who keep them fighting.

You can run but you can't hide from it. It shows. It always does. The best you and I can do is devote our lives to fighting it. The problem is that you can't fight it effectively until you recognize it in yourself, realize your part in it, and take responsibility for that. When you know who you are, then you can deal with what others are.

May 10, 2008 9:51 AM  

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