I’m sorry for the invitation to two intense dialogue in one day but I’m eager to hear what others have to say about the controversy surrounding Geraldine Ferraro’s remarks about Barack Obama’s race and subsequent resignation from her honorary post in Hilary Clinton’s campaign.
Geraldine Ferraro stepped down Wednesday from an honorary post in Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign amid a controversy regarding her comments that Barack Obama wouldn’t be succeeding in the race for the White House if he weren’t black… [cnn via associated press]
The controversy began when the national media picked up on comments Ferraro made in an interview last week with the Daily Breeze newspaper in Torrance, Calif. What do you think about these thoughts from Ferraro:
“If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman (of any color), he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept.”
Ferraro is being refreshingly honest but couple of her comments are off the wall. I agree with her – in part – that race plays a role in this election. Why? Because Obama is a black man but he is not ONLY defined by the color of his skin. [Gender plays a role because Hilary Clinton is a woman.] But what she fails to acknowledge or convey is that race has played a significant part in every election before this. American leadership, politics, and power structures have been dominated by White Americans and in particular by White Men. Isn’t that problematic?
“Lucky to be who he is” = “Lucky to be black.” = Did I read that correctly? I never thought I’d hear someone say a person is lucky to be black.
What do you think about this quote?:
“Obama is a black man. Previously, he would never have been in this position. Previously, if he was white, he might have in this position. The country was caught up in the concept known as White Power and Privilege. But we are all lucky to be in this unique time in our history where both a woman and an African-American are being considered for the President of the United States.”
Your turn. What do you think?