Geraldine Ferraro: Wright’s a “Racist Bigot”

As you may recall, Geraldine Ferraro, Clinton campaign adviser, recently resigned from the campaign amidst her comments that Barack Obama wouldn’t be where he is today if it were not for his race. She made the statement in the context stating that she wouldn’t have been a vice presidential candidate in 1984 had it not been for her gender.

Well she’s not going down without a fight or getting the last word. Apparently she had some choice words for Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s former controversial spiritual leader:

“To equate what I said with what this racist bigot has said from the pulpit is unbelievable,” Ferraro said today. “He gave a very good speech on race relations, but he did not address the fact that this man is up there spewing hatred.”

Ferraro, who supports Sen. Hillary Clinton, has been unapologetic about her remarks. Clinton has said she disagrees with Ferraro and has accepted Ferraro’s resignation from her finance committee.

Ferraro said she had “no clue” why Obama would include her in his speech, and said Obama’s association with Wright raises serious questions about his judgment.

“What this man is doing is he is spewing that stuff out to young people, and to younger people than Obama, and putting it in their heads that it’s OK to say `Goddamn America’ and it’s OK to beat up on white people,” she said. “You don’t preach that from the pulpit.”

Ferraro also said she could not understand why Obama had called out his own white grandmother for using racial stereotypes that had made him cringe.

“I could not believe that,” she said. “That’s my mother’s generation.”

What’s amazing to me is that this discussion of racism is happening completely on the Democratic side. Ferraro and Wright have become issues concerning race and the discussion hasn’t calmed down on it since last week.

I have to think the McCain campaign is satisfied sitting and letting the negative press come from the Obama and Clinton campaigns concerning statements made about each other. So much so that a low-level aide, named Soren Dayton, was recently terminated for replaying and circulating a YouTube video criticizing Obama’s connection to Wright. He has been suspended from the campaign until further notice.

  • Dem ’08

    I am thinking this woman is pretty sharp. Her fight for honesty as she points out how her words were taken out of context while Obama gets support for his association with racist radical muslem believers is something I’m proud to see. Go Ferraro, most of us know you are right!

  • MrPoudSand

    Amen to that Dem ’08. She was stating the facts, which of course in the politcally correct world we live in you are not allowed to do if the person is one of the protected few. Unfortunately the dems put this country in this position by crying victimhood everytime their positions were pointed out. Ferraro had more balls than most men in this country have now.

  • Michelle

    I think it’s ignorant for Ferraro to assume that Barack was saying to young people – my generation – that it’s okay to say those things and “beat up on white people”. She’s skewing his words and his message. For someone who touts herself as a former civil rights leader, she sure doesn’t understand black history enough to know that slavery, the Jim Crowe laws, and the Black Panther movement left a mark for many generations of black Amricans. Barack asn’t sying the comments were right, but he is a smart and frgiving ma who knows it’s moe important to come together under love and faith in God than to allow hate and prejudices to dictate how we treat each other.

  • Raymond

    Wake up folks. Racial tension in this country is real. I suspect the reason why we are seeing this issue explode on the Democratic side is because we have long been the party of political correctness and hyper sensitivity. I think that a lot of people over the past 15 or so years who normally do not have a racial bias are starting to get fed up with being told that they have to digest a “white guilt complex” in order to correct the mistakes of the past. I think that people on the liberal side of the spectrum are sick of it. I see it every day. I live in New England, where there is a large population of liberal, upper class white people who carry their white guilt around with them and feel paralyzed by it. They feel like they can’t say anything about anyone of color, even if it the issue has anything to do with their race. A lot of people are starting to feel that being white means that you have to shut up and take it.

    It pains me greatly to see the issue of race being conducted so negatively in this election. But, as long as we have an Obama obsessed news media that will criticize President Clinton for comparing Obama to Rev. Jesse Jackson, and NOT criticize Obama for saying things about “typical white” people, this perversion of race with continue.

    And as long as Obama’s Pastor is regarded in the press as merely “controversial” and former Clinton worker Ferraro is regarded as “out of line” by the press- this type of perversion of race will continue.

    I feel that the COVERAGE of these issues is also to blame. Obama has a free pass and he is using it. Anyone who objects is an automatic racist. Ferraro was right.

  • You are so right Raymond…

  • nm

    I agree with Ferraro’s comment. If Obama was a white man with as little experience, the Democrats would never have given him the nod. They are more interested in having the first black or the first woman candidate rather than the right candidate.

  • Mike

    It’s not personal since I don’t know Michelle but to excuse Obama from the responsibility he has to call out all racist, bigoted, mean spirited, hate filled comments and to say his message has been skewed is simply wrong. Obama wasted little time having it both ways. To condem a comment and then try to explian it’s origins is to excuse the comment itself at the very least it is like saying ‘well it isn’t that bad’. Obama was in an unusual position. He is a black man who had 40-50% of the white vote for president he has now caused alot of those whites to second guess the way they intended to vote and his reaction to this has most likely given the Republican party yet another president.

    What you don’t apparently understand Michelle is that for the 40-50% of whites who were prepared to vote for a black man hearing him excuse bigoted hate speech is a knife through the heart. The party would do good to remeber that 70% of white America today had nothing to do with Jim Crow and none had anything to do with slavery–so stop telling us we did.

  • MrPoudSand right on. Wouldn’t you know it would take a woman to have the “cojones” to say what needed to be said. What does she get in return, a slap in the face by white men.

    God Bless Geraldine Ferraro’s liberal heart.

  • Michelle

    Mike,

    I respect that you have your own opinion as I do, so I’ll just respond in a way I find appropriate.

    Me bringing up Jim Crowe laws isn’t to say that whites alive today are responsible, but people should simply acknowledge that the treatment blacks recieved from whites during the first (correct me if I’m wrong) 80-100 years following the abolishing of slavery has left a lot of feelings for the black community to deal with. Nowadays the Civil Rights movement has made being black in America a very different experience, one that is mostly positive, but that doesn’t erase history. The woman who got called the “N-word” walking to school and spit on may have told her children about it, who got angry about it becuase they love their mother. They tell their children, and so on and so forth, inadvertently carrying those emotions throughout the generations.

    You don’t have to agree with me, but remember that I am a white female who can understand what you’re saying as well. White racism has spawned from the generations of Americans who have either feared black people or saw them as less than human. Black racism has spawned from having to stand by quietly while enduring white racism. It’s a vicsious cycle, and only our generation can choose to stop, let the race issue go, and move forward as Americans.

    If you want to know, I have dealt with “black bigotry” a few times in my life. It doesn’t feel good for someone to label me, my behavior, and my actions simply based on my skin color. But I’m not voting for a “black bigot”. I’m voting for a smart Christian man, who doesn’t feed into the hate that so many black Americans can’t help but feel.

    I hope you will be open-minded and try to understand my point of view.

  • Over It

    I think there are few whites in America, alive today, who do not have some idea of what blacks went through.

    How long are we going to have this cross to bear? When will blacks start taking responsibility for this crap? I am really sick of the negro double standard rule book.

    I live in Atlanta, and I can tell you racism comes in all forms…You cannot be white and get a job with the city or county and barely the state.

    You should see how blacks that have treat blacks that don’t. That is the only time I hear the word n…..r

  • Dan

    Raymond, I agree, but really, people wake up! The media is reason why we are in this mess. Get your information else where. If not, try to be conscious of the biases of the media so you can filter what is basic facts. Problem is people are ****** lazy. I wish people could be a little more informed on all the candidates, because if that was the case, Ron Paul would be the front runner right now. Too bad we live in a stupid, lazy country.
    Those people make me want to be Canadian. (not you Raymond, I agree with you)

  • Babs

    Remember when Ross Perot was running? Do you think our economy would be in this mess today if we had actually elected him? Sometimes I wonder….=)