Ferraro: “They’re attacking me because I’m white” Video Update

In what seems to be an endless story, there is another twist today on the issue of former Clinton campaign adviser Geraldine Ferraro’s comments that Obama’s only where he is because of his race. Ferraro’s new defense is that the media and the Obama campaign are only attacking her because she’s white. Perhaps, that could be the reason. On the hand, perhaps it could just be that her comments are unacceptable in the politically correct world we live in.

The story on her latest statement from The Politico:

Ferraro, who was part of Hillary Clinton’s financial team until she stepped down Wednesday, does not see an America where racism exists, only reverse racism.

“If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position,” Ferraro told a California newspaper. “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.”

After this set off the proverbial and predictable firestorm, Ferraro responded by saying: “Racism works in two different directions. I really think they’re attacking me because I’m white. How’s that?”

In a way, Ferraro is correct. Would this be an issue if she was, herself, black? Would the media be turning this into a racial divide? Those questions always exist on topics like this. I think it comes down to the fact that regardless of how much the media and the Democratic Party says race isn’t an issue in this election, clearly it is.

Every time there is a race-related comment it becomes a media firestorm and someone ends up resigning. It’s become very predictable. I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of it to come. Rest assured that sometime soon a McCain campaign adviser will resign over some comment which rubs the media the wrong way.

Update from Michael

Jon Stewart of the Daily Show took aim at both Geraldine Ferraro and Rev. Wright, lambasting them for their inexcusable rhetoric and detrimental affects to their respective campaigns.

  • Jared

    She really doesn’t want to get rid of that shovel in her hands huh? Of course theres a double standard here but that still doesn’t make what she said right.

  • All of this crap is happening because the Democratic candidates have forgotten their primary goal — getting the Republicans out — and are bashing each other to try to get to the top of the ticket. John McCain is a hero to millions of people in this country — not Republicans, of course — and he will be able to win if the Democrats are not careful.

  • IndiMinded

    I think Ferraro really could have calmed everyone down if she’d also pointed out the obvious truth that Hillary wouldn’t be where she is today if she weren’t a woman. Or at least she probably wouldn’t be bragging about her experiences as Bill’s first hubby, for all their worth.

    If she meant to say that people are where they are in life because they are who they are, well she could have just said that. It seems pretty clear to me that she was just trying to bring the conversation back around to race. So yeah, that cracker cheeses me off. Thank god Obama’s here to hummus a prettier tune.

    And yeah, I’m hungry.

  • Robert

    She’s 100% correct.

  • nzpudding

    I now know why Walter Mondale never won the Presidential race in 1984, with her on the ticket she’s a frigging nuisance and doesn’t know when to shut the hell up.

  • Tahler

    What she’s said is probably true and everybody knows it.

    Im tired of everyone calling everyone “racist”

    Give me a break!

  • Michael

    Do we ever point out that candidates such as Bill Clinton, George Bush, the top tier Republican candidates of 2008, got to where they were because they were White?

    No, we do not. This is the same double-standard questioning that was witnessed during the barrage on Clarence Thomas. Democrats railed him, asking him if he could represent the Black community (filling Thurgood Marshall’s position), but still represent the United States. I never saw Roberts or Alito asked if they couuld represent the White community, and still represent the United States.

    There is reason why people get called racist — and why it keeps coming up.

  • IndiMinded

    Well, I think if you’d ask Ferraro, no one pointed the advantage of being white because Bill Clinton and George Bush actually would have been at a greater advantage had they been black like Barack Obama. Honestly, it’s a miracle they made it to the white house at all, pale as they are.

    The funny this is that there must actually be people nodding their head in agreement to that. I mean, you can’t have it both ways. It can’t be an advantage to be everything.

  • She is being attacked because after being the hope of the party in 1984 as Mondale’s running mate (remember Walter?) she has gotten a little old and bitter.

    We Dems will continue to be our own worst enemies it seems.

  • Paul

    She makes a good point and maybe he does too but I believe we are stuck in a loop and never ask the next question? Black or white what the Pastor said was wrong and hurtful and in some way he may have just in a time when we need to come together as Americans taken us apart.