Stormfront Ideology Animating Obama's Cabinet Picks?

"Times are a changing" in the white male domination of Washington political position. The Obama Adminstration will mark the third out of for most recent administrations in which a woman has been the top diplomat assuring the national security of the United States and leading the State Department. There was Madeleine Albright in the Clinton Administration, Condolezza Rice in the two Bush terms, and now Hillary Clinton in the Obama Administration.  Yahoo News reports,

President-elect Barack Obama planned to nominate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton as his secretary of state on Monday, transforming a once-bitter political rivalry into a high-level strategic and diplomatic partnership.

Obama will name the New York senator to his national security team at a news conference in Chicago, Democratic officials said Saturday. They requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly for the transition team.

To clear the way for his wife to take the job, former President
Bill Clinton agreed to disclose the names of every contributor to his foundation since its inception in 1997. He'll also refuse donations from foreign governments to the Clinton Global Initiative, his annual charitable conference, and will cease holding CGI meetings overseas.Yahoo News 

Not all bloggers are happy with the level of advancement Obama is making in hiring women and minorities. African American Political Pundit  quotes the Washington Post as saying,

( . . .) Barack Obama's friend and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett likens the effort of piecing together a Cabinet for the president-elect to assembling a puzzle. AAPP

However, AAPP says.

I guess the puzzle is in all white, and not in the rainbow of colors that represent the United States.  AAPP

AAPP quotes the WaPo as saying,

The co-chair of his transition, John D. Podesta, promised that his team will "keep our eye on the ball" as it attempts to balance racial diversity, gender and ideology in building a White House operation and stocking the Cabinet.

However, AAPP says,

I guess the Presidential Cabinet of Barack Obama will again be the overwhelmingly the province of white anglo men. Black folks need not apply. As Debra Dickerson noted, just a Negro here and there. So he won't be seen as 'favoring whites.'   AAPP

I'm glad that Obama will appoint Clinton as secretary of state and I'm sure she will be a strong voice for women and for bringing women into the Administration.  In the past, she has also been a strong voice for chromatic diversity.  

However, I also support AAPP in raising the warning flags early about the threat of a 75% white male Administration.  Is Obama hiring so many white men because of fear that white men will riot if the see a truly diverse administration.  Is Obama afraid of the Klu Klux Klan and Stormfront?  Rather than letting the extremists compel him to hire a mostly white male team, Obama should use this opportunity to demonstrate that involving the best women and minorities as well as white men is the recipe for getting the country back on track.  Otherwise Obama is just validating the ideology of Stormfront, who says that:

Rockets which can take men to the moon..
Aircraft which can carry hundreds of people thousands of miles in a few hours..Computers which have the processing power of hundreds of thousands of people...

 Arithmetic and geometry, the basics of science which made such flights possible...
The telephone - an instrument which enables people thousands of kilometres away from each to converse as if they were next to each other...
Philosophers, Kings, queens, wise rulers, evil rulers...Great causes, which have fallen and
Civilizations which have conquered their known
Technological wonders of which others can only dream...
All these are achievements of the White race, very possibly the greatest race that has ver walked the face of this earth. But who is the White race, and where did they come from?
Broadly speaking there are three main sub divisions within
the White race - Nordic, Alpine and Mediterranean.

Although these names seem to be referring to geographic places, they did in fact originally mean certain physical types.
The Nordic sub group is recognizable by their tallness, light hair and eye colour and long skull.
The Alpine sub group is recognizable by their shorter stature, round skulls and brown eyes and hair.
The Mediterranean sub group is recognizable by their middle size
stature, and their dark eyes and hair. The Mediterranean skull shape can be long or round.
There are other sub groupings of the White Race, but these are
generally mixed types - for example the Dinarics (found in Poland especially) who have light hair and eyes but the round skulls of the Alpine - the product of a Nordic - Alpine mix. Storm

Is Stormfront right or wrong?  Has the "white race" (particularly the males) done virtually everything worth mentioning in the history of the world and therefore deserving of 75% of the positions in the Obama Adminstration?  Or, on the other hand, is the proposition that a "white race" exists at all part of the evidence of where color-aroused ideation has sent people off track scientifically, politically and morally?

If a "white race" exists, which is an ideology central to stormfront's world view, is stormfront also correct that the rest of us are part of "subgroups"?

Do my readers agree with Stormfront that there is a "white race" and "subgroups" or is there one human race with various skin colors?  This is not an academic question.   The Stormfront ideology may be playing itself out in the nominations and appointments of the Obama Administration, simply because we are accustomed to viewing white men as infinitely more competent than "subgroup" simply by virtue of color.

With extremist groups asserting (a) that whites are a distinct and superior "race", and (b) that the "white race" has an inherent right to govern the nation from the presidency to the city council, and (c) that they should take violent action to assure that the president is not a Black man, the time has come for us to confront the ideology underlying all of this nonsense: that "race" exists at all.

Anyone who agrees that "race" exists, e.g. by using the word constantly, has at least one foot in the Stormfront camp ideologically and in terms of their (lack of) understanding of human biological science.  Unfortunately, most of America believes with Stormfront, because most of America continues to use the word "race" as if the Stormfront ideology were at least partially correct.

So, if you still believe in and utilize the the word and concept of "race", why not join Stormfront, where your belief in "race" is shared, but then try to change the parts of the Stormfront ideology with which you disagree from the inside?  Or, just disavow Stormfront and its "race" based ideology once and for all?

Tags: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton (all tags)



Colin Powell???

He was Bush's Secretary of State during his first term.

by psychodrew 2008-11-30 06:31AM | 0 recs
Of course

You realize that these white men will have a black boss, right?

by vcalzone 2008-11-30 06:38AM | 0 recs
he's a racist! OMG!


by sepulvedaj3 2008-11-30 08:27AM | 0 recs
Re: Stormfront Ideology Animating Obama's...

The trolls are f'ing swarming the place today, aren't they?

by hello world 2008-11-30 09:53AM | 0 recs
Re: Stop Making Post Titles Too Long to Re!!

I thought China did everything first.

Europeans have been behind a lot of the advances and institutions responsible for our current world since the 1500s. The world basically now follows the model originally charted by the Europeans though they put their own local cultural twists on it. That means the bad, and the good.

There's no getting around that the indigenous population of the Americas had the continent to themselves for millennia and didn't do much with it--though I attribute that to various geographic and zoological factors and not genetics.

by MNPundit 2008-11-30 01:41PM | 0 recs
Read Jared Diamond

Read 'Guns, Germs and Steel.' It's necessary reading for anybody who even thinks about wanting to have a talk about the 'races' and which did what. And it's damned fascinating.

by vadasz 2008-12-01 10:19AM | 0 recs


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