Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Geraldine Ferraro is no friend to women

(Caution: Hysterical rant ahead.)

It's the black journalists!? The black journalists!?

I don't care about Geraldine Ferraro's achievements. I don't care about her history-making run for the White House. She is VILE! It is clear to me that she is intentionally fomenting division and hatred against black Americans. This isn't about women's equality. Geraldine Ferraro doesn't give two shits about women like me. She will never call out the media for demonizing Michelle Obama, just as they demonized Hillary Clinton when Bill ran for the White House, because she doesn't care. This is about protecting the entitlement and privilege of women who look like her...women like Hillary Clinton, who I find hard to believe is unaware of her "former" surrogate's racist media tour.

The feminist movement is revealing its racism in the ugliest ways this election cycle. And I have screamed about it until I can't breathe. I don't know what else to say. I am just so sad...and angry. And I am wondering why white feminists who are allies of women of color are not being more vocal in rejecting this behavior.

Anyone? Anyone?

Watch what I am ranting about below.

(Thanks, Carmen for tipping me to this. Or, maybe not. Now I have a headache.)




UPDATE: Oh, my sweet Lord!
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Hillary Clinton compared her effort to seat Florida and Michigan delegates to epic American struggles, including those to free the slaves and win the right to vote for blacks and women.

Clinton, at times sounding like a modern history professor, praised the abolitionists,
suffragettes and civil rights pioneers and talked about her own efforts to fight legislative redistricting and voter identification initiatives that she said dilute minority voting power."

This work to extend the franchise to all of our citizens is a core mission of the modern Democratic party," she said. "From signing the Voting Rights Act and fighting racial discrimination at the ballot box to lowering the voting age so those old enough to fight and die in war would have the right to choose their commander in chief, to fighting for multi-lingual ballots so you can make your voice heard no matter what language you speak." SOURCE
I honestly think I may have to leave the country for a few months. I just can't take it anymore.

13 comments:

SheCodes said...

Wow. Just wow. She doesn't know anything about Hillary's math problem?

When I looked at the 70,000 crowd in front of Obama, I saw PLENTY of women -- WHITE ONES, cheering for the man.

I have heard plenty of sexist statements toward Hillary from ignorant fans and a even a few political pundits, but not from Barack Obama or even John McCain for that matter.

The idea that Barack Obama 'had it easier' is so ridiculous that I almost want to laugh at how out of touch with reality people like Ferraro are. It was not a cakewalk for Hillary, but it was her DIRTY POLITICS that turned people like me off, not her femininity.

It is Hillary Clinton who is close and personal friends with Bob Johnson, (the man who singlehandedly made the video ho' syndrome that plagues black women) and made him one of her top spokespersons -- who LOST critical gender thinkers of the black race.

The race was hers to lose, and like so many of the Democrats before her, she snatched defeat from victory and is crying about it now.

Elly said...

First I want to say that I'm sure there must be background info I am missing that makes you think Ferraro is so vile - based on that interview my biggest thought is that Fox news is suffering from heading problems - ie, none of their questions matched what she spoke about - all I heard her complain about was the media's preference for Obama...

"And I am wondering why white feminists who are allies of women of color are not being more vocal in rejecting this behavior." -- I have been seeing elements of racism in Clinton's campaign lately and it's definitely turning me off. I think people may be kind of ashamed to see their leaders acting this way and don't really know how to respond appropriately.

heartsandflowers said...

Well I think it's good to know who your friends are and especially your enemies.

Tami said...

Elly,

Ferraro begins her comments by making the spurious claim that black journalists are surrogates for Barack Obama. She specifically mentions Bob Herbert, who has been critical of Hillary Clinton. Now, it couldn't possibly be because his political judgement leads him to support Obama, as some columnists support Clinton. No, it is because black people are in cahoots. Black columnists have no sense of ethics or moral compass; not like the white journalists. They simply follow the black candidate.

This is the latest in a line of loud, race-biased comments that Ferraro has made. She seems to be willfully trying to alienate black voters and to anger white voters with an "affirmative action black man is stealing a job that rightfully belongs to a superior white woman" narrative.

That is why I think Geraldine Ferraro is vile.

Symphony said...

Black people not voting for Clinton if she were to be the nominee would not be cutting off the nose to spite the face. But if White women chose McCain over Obama that would definitely be a sharp cut.

I mentioned on by blog yesterday or the day before that I've been a moron for giving the American public the benefit of the doubt, saying that we are smarter than given credit for. We're not.

We don't get the cue, codes, tactics, strategies, keywords, talking points, rhetoric, heuristics...nothing. There is a reason people spend billions of dollars, because it all works.

Everyone should be required to learn logic and rhetoric in high school. But those who can make that DON'T want that to happen.

People need to watch some Bill Moyers.

And I've already told you how I feel about white feminism, LOL.

tasha212 said...

Tami,

Did you see Ferrero on the Today Show? I felt like vomoting for real after I watched it. She is, as you say, VILE. I don't understand how she consistently is given a forum to speak this nonsense. And black women must be M.I.A. because no one has asked a black woman to speak about this issue. I always see white women.

MacDaddy said...

To say that black journalists are surrogates for Obama is along the same line as saying black people vote for Obama because he's black. Of course, it couldn't have anything to do that Hillary's own behavior illustrated that she's nothing more than a power-obsessed politician who would say or do anything to win, including lying about dodging bullets in Bosnia, lying about leading the peace process in Ireland, denying the fact that she supported the anti-American worker NAFTA agreements set up by her husband and race-baiting.

Of course the fact that Obama organized a great political, dignified campaign while her own was guided by advisors that bickered with each other had nothing to do with it either.

Stay strong, Tami. Blessings.

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Anonymiss said...

I can totally feel your sentiments on wanting to go to another country. It's just so nerve-wracking to have to see cretins like Ferraro show their asses.

I read some articles on the Huff Post which discussed how White Americans don't think Obama's American due to his name, ethnic makeup, and race. I don't know how to tune that out cuz my family's from Nigeria, my last name's Nigerian, and I'm Black, but some idiots out there challenge my full Americanness cuz none of my relatives have fought in any war and because I'm a first generation American.

I've been struggling with trying to understand why I'm not American enough. And WTF is "American"? (Stupid) Americans scare me.

SagaciousHillbilly said...

I know how you feel. Time to take a break and reconsider.
I'm no idealist, but I thought the dems were little bit above employing such recreant Rovian tactics.
Well at least we have Obama to vote for. We could be stuck with Billary or some other corporate democrat and McCain.

Brother OMi said...

wow
Fox News batting for Clinton. who would've thought?

funny.

hillary was at the top until Super Tuesday when Obama beat her in 11 straight states.

to ask her to bow down is not sexist, it's mathematically correct!

whatsername said...

Very honestly, at this point I'm in bury-my-head-in-the-sand and please-tell-me-when-it's-over mode.

NOLA radfem said...

Hey, Tami. I heard Hillary compare what she's doing to civil rights movements past and pretty much lost my mind too. I did a blog post about it at my other blog, but I'm moving it to nolaradfem. It's called "It's Official - Hillary Clinton, CHEAT."
I'm sure you get the idea!

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