Granted, when the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright “threw up The Hooks” symbolizing Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. during his remarks at the National Press Club, he quickened the pulse of many Ques in the room and those watching on television. But his timing was way, way off.
Later in that question-and-answer session, when he defended himself and the savage, unjustified, taken-out-of-context attacks against his distinguished career as a pastor, a scholar, and a veteran of military service in both the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps, by likening the attacks on him as nothing better than the Black-ghetto, school-yard tradition of “Yo Momma” trash-talk known as “The Dozens,” he had already stepped way over the line.
Even truth, when spoken out of season, does not bear fruit.
So, to continue in the ghetto vernacular metaphor, presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), was bang-on-right to “Pimp Slap” his former pastor, and throw him overboard for the sharks to devour.
So, what if a White candidate for office speaks before a group which wanted to discuss the effects of pornography and prostitution on young “White” women and girls, but not “all” women and girls? Does making that kind of a distinction in a political contest rise to the level of “reject and denounce,” “denounce and reject?”
Well it certainly does if the group is the National Socialist Workers Party (the Nazis) and if the event is held on April 20, in honor of Adolf Hitler’s birthdate.
Thankfully, the voters of Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District soundly rejected the thinly veiled hate speech of Republican candidate Tony Zirkle, who finished in a distant third place with 16 percent of the vote in the GOP primary May 6, the same day Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) barely defeated Sen. Obama by 2 percentage points in the statewide Democratic presidential primary.
In his defense, Mr. Zirkle told the Michigan City, Ind. News-Dispatch that the National Socialist Workers Party “was interested in the targeting of White people for prostitution,” and that he agrees with the party’s view that trafficking of “young White women should be stopped.”
Well sure, speaking at a Nazi group’s event with a picture of Der Fuehrer in the background and a cake that said “Happy 119th” should earn any politician public repudiation by all voters of good will. And Mr. Zirkle got one.
But what if another candidate says of her Black opponent that his: “support among working, hard-working Americans, White Americans, is weakening again, and how Whites in both (North Carolina and Indiana) who had not completed college were supporting me. There’s a pattern emerging here?”
Don’t answer. That’s a trick question.
Because there is a pattern emerging here.
The truth of the matter is that those comments from Sen. Clinton to USA TODAY after the Indiana contest–as her campaign continued to fall farther and farther behind Sen. Obama in both total votes, pledged delegates, and even so-called “Super Delegates”–such tactics are simply more of her divisive, gut-bucket, race-baiting, class warfare that makes it appear that she is running to become Republican presumptive presidential nominee Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) vice presidential running mate, than she is doing to hasten Mr. McCain’s defeat by her own party in November.
But as far as Sen. Clinton becoming Sen. McCain’s “centrist” running mate, she’s probably out of luck. After all the sundry Republicans who’d like to be on the ticket, she will have to get in line behind former Vice President Al Gore’s 2000 running mate, then Democratic (now independent, really a closet Republican) Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut.
“I did not expect during the remainder of my lifetime,” to see a Democratic Party candidate ever again inject race into a political campaign, Dr. David Bositis, a Senior Research Associate at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, who happens to beWhite, told me in an interview.
“You should realize, I study and follow racially polarized voting and voting rights, and have for many years now, and for groups like Southern Republicans and Southern conservatives, it would not surprise me at all to see them engaging in racial tactics in terms of elections, but I never expected to see a Democratic presidential campaign to mobilize race to attract White voters again in my lifetime, but the Clintons have,” he continued.
Both candidate Clinton, her philandering husband and former President Bill, and former vice-presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro and other of her supporters have race-baited the self-declared “post racial” Sen. Obama repeatedly, with the net effect only helping Sen. McCain’s hopeless quest (whose strategy for victory is to successfully “Swift Boat” Sen. Obama with a 21st Century “Willie Horton” campaign, depicting Sen. Obama as a way too liberal, secretly Muslim, Black Militant in the mold of Malcolm X).
In addition to already helping Mr. McCain in November, this racist Clinton gambit has now permanently tarnished the Clinton political legacy.