Failure With Blacks Killed Clinton's Chances

Bill Clinton and other Clinton surrogates and supporters are insisting, incredibly, that Barack Obama is the one color-arousing the presidential race, even though it was the head of Clinton's New Hampshire campaign who suggested, based on no evidence whatever, that Barack Obama might have been a drug dealer.  One syndicated columnist observed at the time,

But could it be that this story is even worse than many in the national press will say? Isn't it interesting that Shaheen, or whoever is behind this, opted to invoke the image of a drug dealer in referencing the first top-tier black candidate for president? That's quite a coincidence. This wouldn't be an ugly Willie Horton-type tactic intended to harvest fear and play on stereotypes about who is a criminal and who isn't, or -- in this case -- who uses drugs and who sells them?

Nah. Liberal Democrats would never sink that low. Why if they did, how could they continue to package themselves as a kinder and gentler -- and more enlightened -- alternative to Republicans? Certainly not with a straight face.  Drug rumors about Obama playing on stereotypes?

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Hillary and I: Time to Break the Silence

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This is the seal I designed to show my blog's support for Hillary's candidacy.

Back when I was infamous in the anti-Clinton whitosphere for my tireless and infuriating diaries in support of Hillary Clinton, and before she announced her candidacy for the presidency, I got an e-mail and then a telephone call here in Brazil from Peter Daou, Hillary Clinton's Internet coordinator. Peter asked me to blog for Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy, and I agreed to help in any way that I could.  He asked me not to divulge Hillary's decision to run for the presidency before it was officially announced and I kept my promise not to do so.

I took a look at Hillary's new beta site for blogging, but I quickly decided that expressing my firebrand opinions there would do her more harm than good.  Moreover, I decided that my loyalty lay with the Black People and the development of our AfroSpear, not with any particular presidential campaign.

Peter Daou never offered me employment with recompense and I never request or accepted any.

When Barack Obama joined the race, I immediately perceived that this could cause problems for Hillary.  Within days of Hillary's announcement of her candidacy, I sent the following e-mail to Peter Daou, warning him (and Hillary's campaign) that if she took the color-aroused scorched earth approach to Barack Obama that she is presently taking, then she would lose all hope of winning the Black vote.  Well, apparently they ignored me, and it's about time I told the public about it.

Here's the e-mail I sent to Peter Daou on Wednesday, January 17, 2007, because I foresaw and wanted to help Clinton avoid the very troubles with the Black electorate that have prevented her from winning the nomination:

Date:     Wed, 17 Jan 2007 10:39:28 -0800 (PST)
From:    AKA Manic Attorney
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Subject:    Hillary and Obama: Confidential
To:    "Peter Daou"__@___   

Dear Peter:   

Although Barack Obama has entered the presidential race, I believe Hillary has the best domestic and international experience, institutional support, national contacts, public familiarity and political resilience to win the nomination and the general election, particularly if she maintains the right relationship with Senator Obama in the primaries.  If she doesn't, winning the nomination might not ultimately be worth very much, since it will not be possible for Hillary to win a general election without the enthusiastic support of Obama's prospective black, young and independent voter base.

This e-mail and these strategy suggestions assume, for the moment, that Senator Obama will continue to out-pace all other candidates except Hillary Clinton.

To increase Black support while winning the primaries against Barack Obama, Hillary needs to very publicly maintain a very collegial and mutually supportive relationship with Obama throughout the primaries.  Her collaborative and supportive relationship with Obama will show that she is not "divisive", while the contrary could leave her seeming increasingly isolated.  Cont.

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In Defense of Color of Change's Advocacy

Back in March, I and other members of the Afrosphere Action Coalition (AAC) (which participated in organizing the 30,000-participant Jena Six March) circulated a "Concede Now, Hillary!" petition which says, for the most part, the same things that the present Color of Change petition says. The AAC petition says:

(1) The Democratic Party base has spoken. The delegate count shows that Senator Hillary Clinton cannot win the nomination on the strength of earned delegates, based on the will of the voters.

(2) Mrs. Clinton's political attacks upon Senator Barack Obama have increasingly appealed to and sought to increase resentment against others based on the color of their skin.

(3) This divisiveness is regrettable because, via the presidential candidacy of Senator Obama, the vast majority of African-Americans stand united with millions of white Americans and Americans of all colors, genders, ethnicities and religious backgrounds, erasing divisions to implement a program of Democratic change.  AOL News; Senator Hillary Clinton Must Concede Defeat and Support the Democratic Presidential Ticket

So, when I received the petition from Color of Change today, I immediately sent it to all of the members of the AfroSpear family of blogs, as well as BlackNetAction, and to my contacts at the same national newspapers that contacted us to write about the Jena Six March.  

When the Washington post contacted me for comment on Billary's color-aroused politics today, I said,

Bill Clinton has bombed his bridges to the Black community.  He thinks he doesn't need us and he'd better hope he's right, because we wouldn't save his wife even if her hair were on fire.   If her candidacy depends on Black votes, then it's dead in the water.

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"Slick Willie" Rides the Resentment Train

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Back when Bill Clinton was being impeached for exploring White House intern Monica Lewinsky's vagina with his cigar, I just couldn't relate to those who called him "Slick Willie." But, in his race against Barack Obama, I've seen a side of him and his wife that now seems like the wide side of the barn compared to the backside of the outhouse that we saw back in the 1990's.

Immediate past United States President, Mr. Bill Clinton has been suspended by the US Supreme Court.

The decision on Clinton came as the Supreme Court opened its 2001 - 2002 session.

With the action, Clinton is not qualified to act as an attorney in the court.

Though the Supreme Court does not constomarily offer explanations for such orders, court observers say such suspensions always lead to permanent disbarments.

However, his attorneys say Clinton will contest the Supreme Court order that suspends him from practising law before the high court,

In issuing its order, the Supreme Court gave Clinton 40 days to argue why he should not be permanently disbarred there.

"This suspension is simply a consequence of the voluntary settlement entered into last January with the Arkansas Bar.

Clinton's new headache started when an Arkansas Supreme Court committee initially called for disbarment on the grounds that Clinton lied about his affair with Monica Lewinsky. As part of his agreement to end the U.S. independent counsel's investigation, Clinton settled for a five-year suspension of his Arkansas law license and a $25,000 fine. ThisDayOnline

Yesterday, Bill told the press,

"The great divide in this country is not by race or even income, it's by those who think they are better than everyone else and think they should play by a different set of rules," he said. "In West Virginia and we know that when we see it." Yahoo News

We all know what he means:  'Black people don't deserve what they get.  They want "special rights" that the rest of us white people don't have.'

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton has pursued the same theme against Barack Obama, the Black man who thinks he can be president:

Sen. Hillary Clinton, seizing on Sen. Barack Obama's remarks about the bitterness of working class voters, called her rival in the Democratic presidential primary "elitist'' and "out of touch.''

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Sen. Obama's remarks are elitist and they are out of touch. They are not reflective of the values and beliefs of Americans. Certainly not the Americans that I know - not the Americans I grew up with, not the Americans I lived with in Arkansas or represent in New York. Chicago Tribune

So, who and what is Bill Clinton talking about now, when he says his campaign is against:

"those who think they are better than everyone else and think they should play by a different set of rules," he said. "In West Virginia and we know that when we see it." Yahoo News

Sure, 'Call a spade a spade, Mr. Clinton!'

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Well, Bill Clinton can go screw himself, or his latest interns, as far as I'm concerned.  His Harlem office is a blight on an otherwise respectable borough of New York and he ought to move it to somewhere in Arkansas, where they EXPECT guys like Bill to express the petty and puerile color-aroused resentments that he has been expressing lately.


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McCain's Pastor Said America's Damned

If you're a Republican presidential candidate and your skin is white, then your pastor can curse and damn America as much as he wants, and the media doesn't care.  Take John McCain's favorite pastor, John Hagee.  Apparently whitosphere blogger Bruce Wilson at Propeller.com has read from Hagee's 1997 book, "Day of Deception", and here's what he found, and his comments:

"As a nation, America is under the curse of God, even now." That ominous slam at America came from Pastor John Hagee, whose endorsement Republican presidential candidate John McCain sought, secured, and recently affirmed to ABC News that he is "glad to have." Hagee claims God's "curse" and "doom" is upon America because of two key issues: reproductive freedom and broad support for the teaching of the theory of evolution.

Although Senator McCain recently told George Stephanopoulos in an interview that his seeking of Hagee's endorsement was "probably" a mistake, he then doubled back to affirm his approval of Hagee's endorsement, stating, "I'm glad to have it.

"If McCain did not know of Hagee's belief that God is against America, he should have: Hagee's pronouncement of God's "curse" and "doom" on our nation was not a passing comment. It was a major theme of Hagee's book, Day of Deception (1997). In fact, Hagee devotes a whole chapter to it. Here's the curse and doom quote in context:

In "America Under a Curse," a seventeen page chapter in "Day of Deception" ($0.01 cents used at Amazon.Com), John Hagee wrote, "As a nation, America is under the curse of God, even now. Look at the scriptures and see for yourself. The stand we have taken on abortion, the stand we have taken against God in our classrooms, just may have sealed or doom."

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America is also collectively cursed for specific reasons, such as legalized abortion and a Supreme Court decision against sectarian Bible classes in public schools but also, more generally, for rebelling against God. As a consequence of America's disobedience and rebellion, according to McCain-endorser John Hagee, God's has cursed America and that curse has caused American military defeats, in Korea and Vietnam, plagues such as AIDS and social blights like violent crime. God's curse on America has also led "hundreds of thousands" to secretly sacrifice children to the devil. Propeller.com

If John McCain and John Hagee were Democrats or, even worse, Black Democrats, then this would be big news.  But, since they're white men, they can damn America as much as they want.  It's their country, afterall?

The author is the editor of the Truth About McCain Blog and the American Journal of Color Arousal (AMJCA).

Go below the fold for a John Hagee linklist, courtesy of Propellor.Com.

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He Lost His Only Daughter Due to ECA

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Cross-posted at Pam's House Blend.

What is color-aroused emotion, ideation and behavior and how can you tell whether it is benign, mild, moderate or severe?  The following story, recounted to me this morning here in Bahia, Brazil, illustrates both what the illness is and how to determine its level of severity with specificity.

I have a friend named Bruna, a white-skinned Brazilian woman who is recounting the following story, about a close friend of hers, and I am translating and typing it up now, as she speaks.  Bruna says,

I have a friend named "Monica" whose skin is very white, and she has long blond hair and green eyes.  She and I prepared for the college entrance exams together, and her case stands out as the most drastic case of color-aroused hatred that I have ever witnessed:

Monica's mother and father were divorced and Monica lived with her father.  She was an only child.  When Monica was in high school, she was secretly in love with a classmate, "João", who was also in love with her.  However, Monica's father was very color-aroused. Monica's father constantly told Monica, "Never date a Black!  Never fall in love with a Black!" Her father was stern and severe.

Little did he know that his daughter already was secretly in love with a Black.  In the private school they attended, Monica looked secretly toward João, and he glanced back surreptitiously at her.  Whenever João was not in class, Monica copied and passed her notes to João, as well as informing him of the homework that was assigned.  João asked Monica to go out with him and she was dying of desire to do so.  

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Rev. Wright is Right to Distrust USA

Yesterday, African American Political Pundit, a good friend and AfroSpear associate of mine, was roughed up in the comments here, concerning his comments about the Rev. Wright controversy.  The Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright is troubling America, and I have to admit that pleases me today.  He makes observations that to Blacks and real progressives seem obvious and that, nonetheless, are rarely heard at all on American television, in newspapers or elsewhere in the white-news media.

The white-news media and white politicians play a game in which they demand apologies and denunciations and disavowals from Black people based on whites' sense of how much groveling we should do before they reject us as unacceptable.   We saw this in Jesse Jackson's campaigns, when whites demanded that he disavow the nation of Islam and apologize for his remarks.  And now we see it again today, as the white-news media demands that the meekest and humblest Sen. Barack Obama apologize for the existence of his ex-minister.

As a candidate for whites' approval, Barack Obama can hardly tell white people what he really thinks about Jeremiah Wrights' comments.  However, I heartily approve of one thing the pastor said at the Press Club:

The moderator asked the audience whether Wright should apologize for his "God damn America" remarks. Shouts of "No!" followed, and Wright used the occasion to demand an apology for slavery.  WaPost
Isn't it ironic that the country that believes no official apology is necessary for slavery nonetheless demands an apology from Rev. Wright when he says, "God damn America"?  I support Rev. Wright in not apologizing and I join with him in saying, "God damn America's demands for apologies today and for every day until America apologizes for enslaving us on this soil." When America apologizes for slavery and makes restitution for the lives and income lost when Blacks were compelled to work so that whites could become wealthy, then I am sure that I and all of my brothers and sisters will bless America rather than damning her.

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WaPost Highlights Afrosphere Views

In discussing Black online opinion about the Democratic presidential campaign, Teresa Will of the Washington Post writes,

In these YouTubian times, there's a certain peril in conducting a multi-city stand-up comedy tour: Punch lines precede their progenitor. Which is to say, you probably already heard about Chris Rock's take on Hillary Clinton: "I think America's ready for a woman president, I really do -- but does it have to be that woman?" Or that he thinks John McCain is as old as dirt: "I don't need [a president] with a bucket list." And for weeks, the afrosphere been abuzz over Rock's oh-no-he-didn't take on Barack Obama's biggest handicap: "He has a black wife. . . . If Barack Obama really wants to be president, he needs to get him a white girl." WaPost

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But here, in the nation's capital, Rock's political jokes took on a certain pointedness: "There, I said it. In Washington, D.C." And he had sharp words for Hillary Clinton's African American supporters ("We hate ourselves that much").

There, in the second row, was George Stephanopoulos, sliding farther and farther down in his seat but laughing nonetheless, even at the Hillary and Bill jokes. And there, in the third row, was political pundit Roland Martin, chortling and raising his hand in the air, shouting, "Right, right, right!"WaPost, (Citation to afrosphere definition added.)


Well, I wish the afrosphere reference had explained more clearly what they afrosphere is.  (The "afrosphere" is Black people self-determination bloggers and e-mailers and others online, not Black people regardless of whether we are online or not.)   However, this citation shows that we CAN define ourselves in the national media, by using terms that catch on.  (See "Is Your Blog Part of the Afrosphere/Blackosphere Movement?"  See also, "Exodus Mentality". See also, "Blackosphere v. Whitosphere: Silence is Never Golden."

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Can Black Police be Color-Aroused?

In the Sean Bell case in New York, the police couldn't get an all-white jury in New York City, so instead they got an all-white judge.    Brilliant!

Not for nothing has the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association forsworn jury trials for cops indicted in the Bronx. Two decades ago when Officer         Stephen Sullivan went on trial for fatally shooting Eleanor Bumpers, a black grandmother, he did not appear before a jury. [In the Bronx juries are predominantly black and Hispanic.] Instead, he was tried before a specially selected white judge, who acquitted him. NYPDConfidential

But, this case demonstrates something else much more subtle and useful that I've been saying about color-aroused behavior.  One of the police officers who killed Sean Bell was Black, and he's the one whom the Police Benevolent Association put before the cameras after the acquittals.  Why?  Because the PBA knows that Blacks believe that "only whites can be 'racist' ", as a matter of doctrine.   So, once we learn that one of the police officer culprits was Black, that will take much of the wind out of our angry sails.  The New York Times reports:

In Harlem, Willie Rainey, 60, a Vietnam veteran and retired airport worker, said that he believed the detectives should have been found guilty, but that he saw the case through a prism not of race, but of police conduct. "It's a lack of police training," Mr. Rainey said. "It's not about race when you have black killing black. We overplay the black card as an issue." NYTIMES
The fact is that when society does not value Blacks as much as it values whites, this affects everyone's behavior, regardless of their skin color - both Blacks and whites.  When a Black police officer considers employing lethal and unnecessary force force against a Black person, OF COURSE he considers the fact that he knows there will ultimately be no consequences for doing so.  He acts in the knowledge that if he shot a white person 50 times, he might well be executed in some states.

The New York Times says,

Sean Bell has become a symbol of what they describe as police aggression and racial profiling in black neighborhoods. Had Mr. Bell and his friends been white, they said, the police would have responded less aggressively, and Mr. Bell might still be alive.  NYTIMES
But that NEVER happens, police shooting white people as they shot Sean Bell, because everyone knows that even a police officer cannot shoot a white person 50 times!  Certainly a Black police officer would not be permitted to do so!    

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"When We Do Talk About Race" - A Response

This diary is a response to The Things We Can't Talk About, When We Do Talk About Race, And Barack Obama.

One of the reasons that we have made so little progress in our ability to talk openly about issues involving skin color is that the topic is far more complex than the language we have to describe it.  And much of our language is anachronistic, based on and reminding us of a time when we were far more polarized than we are now.  Lacking language to express the subtleties and complexities of the topic, we make broad stroke generalizations that are endlessly debated.

Take the word "racist", for example.  If a person gets along well with co-workers of other skin colors, and hires employees without regard to skin color but, nonetheless, doesn't want his daughter to enter a bi-chromatic marriage, is that person a "racist?" If so, does that mean the person should not be permitted to make hiring and firing decisions and engage in supervision with respect to workers of other skin colors?

Rather than call this person a "racist", wouldn't it be more precise, fair and constructive to say that this individual has ideation and emotion that are aroused by skin color with respect to his daughter's marital partner? Calling this person a "racist" is like calling someone who is afraid of spiders a "coward." It's a gross generalization that does not point the way toward a solution, but simply causes defensiveness that poses a barrier to solutions.

If a person has difficult emotions with respect to the skin color of his future daughter-in-law, it's possible to imagine him even seeking therapy in order to maintain his relationship with his son or daughter.  But, if the person has been branded a "racist" or a "coward", it's hard to imagine that becoming the beginning of a therapeutic process.  And yet if the person does not receive therapeutic help, there is a very real possibility that his relationship with his son or daughter will be seriously impaired.

Consider these alternatives, to see which one is more constructive:

Therapist: What has brought you to my office?

Client: I have difficult feelings about my daughter marrying a Black man, but she's determined to do it.

Therapist: Many people have these feelings, but I think it's something we can work on successfully.

Compare that to:

Therapist: What has brought you to my office?

Client: I am a racist coward.

Therapist: You seem to have terribly low self-esteem because you globalize negative feelings about yourself instead of seeing realistically where you are doing well and where you need help.

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