Monday, May 19, 2008

When will Barack Obama answer for the bad behavior of his brethren?

That said, it would be nice to see some glimmer of feminism coming out of our presumptive black male candidate. I'd like to know what he thinks of OJ Simpson, for example. Would he, law professor, stand up in front of a black crowd and admit that he thinks OJ got away with murdering a white woman - unlike the countless black males who actually didn't murder the white woman, but were hanged anyway? In all cases, remember, the woman was actually dead.

More importantly, will Obama repudiate the misogynistic undertone in rap music, the tidal wave of bitch and ho vulgarity that does nothing to move young black (and
white) women an inch closer to parity with men? Read more...

Wow! Just...wow, Nina Burleigh. In her Saturday post on Huffington Post, the writer wonders "Is Obama Man Enough to be a Feminist Too?" I wonder if Burleigh realizes how ridiculously race biased it is to ask a candidate to weigh in on O.J. Simpson and decry hip hop simply because he is a black man.

Will Hillary Clinton be taking a stand against Susan Smith, the white woman who murdered her children a year after the Simpson-Goldman murders and blamed their disappearance on a mysterious black man? Should she be expected to? The idea is ludicrous and so is any notion that black people always need to answer for the behavior of people who share their skin color.

Once again druing this election cycle, a feminist proves that there is no shelter from racism, not even in supposedly progressive communities.

I don't need Barack Obama to be the second coming of Andrea Dworkin or a Black Panther. As a black person and a woman, I need to know that, as president, he will move this country closer to equality for all people. That means helping to close the wage gap between women and men, and white women and women of color. It means ensuring committed gay couples have the same rights as committed heterosexual ones. It means ensuring that kids in poor inner-city and rural areas are guaranteed a good education just like rich kids in the suburbs. I'm not arrogant enough to think that I am the only person on earth to face inequality, and I am not entitled enough to think that a president's work need be all about me. I wish some of my fellow American citizens felt the same way.

7 comments:

Symphony said...

Black people will always pay the price for the actions of other Black people. And it will always be assumed that an individual Black person will side with another Black person based on race alone (Pat Buchanan) but White people would never do that.

No one can convince me that a significant number of White feminists don't put race before gender when they must choose. They, of course, get to choose what they want to be: White woman or feminist.

I'm a Black woman always and no one ever separates it.

Erica said...

Wow, WTF... OJ is the "feminist issue" that comes to mind? Hell, even discussing something like rates of violence against women of color would have been racist, asking the black man asked about black issues; but that isn't more important than one dead white woman? I don't even know what she means by "In all cases, remember, the woman was actually dead."

Maybe Nina should ask Hillary Clinton about the impact of hypocritical adulterers holding high public office. It'd be just as rude and just as useless.

Latoya Peterson said...

W...T...F.

Tami, we are so cross posting this...

Brother OMi said...

I thought you pulled that article from onion news but alas, it is on the huffington post, a site i stopped reading many moons ago because of dribble such as this...

Anonymous said...

I saw that article. I think it's just "Hillary's losing, throw anything at the wall" nonsense.

Which does not in any way negate your point.

NOLA radfem said...

Interesting analogy on the Susan Smith thing! Very interesting.

I had read the HuffPo article and thought it was kind of strange, but wasn't sure exactly WHY. You explained it!

ac said...

Good lord - did this woman not get the memo in the wake of the bfp appropriation/black amazon vs seal press mess?

Or did she get it and just decide it didn't apply to her?

They make it so damn hard to stay with the Feminist movement. I know you've posted on this before and are moving on but I found myself heavily influenced by Diary of an Anxious Black Woman. We (WOC) started the Feminist movement why should we be moved on out of our own movement by the Missy Annes who find it to difficult to deal with issues of intersectionality?

At any rate, I am volunterring to forward a copy of the memo on to this misguided one.

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