Playing Dirty

There was a time when one could claim that the Clinton campaign’s racially-charged attacks on Obama were isolated incidents, the actions of a few bad apples in the vast organization that is a national political campaign. After the past week, anyone arguing that is deluding themselves. Let’s take this chronologically, shall we?

  • December 12th, 2007: NH Clinton Campaign Co-Chair Bill Shaheen ponders, to reporters, whether Obama dealt drugs as a teenager.
  • December 16th, 2007: In a speech endorsing Clinton, former Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-NE) refers to Obama as “Barack Hussein Obama” and mentions Obama’s father and maternal grandmother’s Muslim background. He follows up by falsely accusing Obama of having attended a “madrassa”.
  • January 7th, 2008: In the course of attacking Obama for harboring “false hope”, Clinton attacks Martin Luther King Jr., saying that “Dr. King’s dream began to be realized when President Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act. It took a president to get it done.”
  • January 7th, 2008: At an event literally three blocks from my house, Bill Clinton, in the course of falsely accusing Obama of not having opposed the war (WTF?), calls Obama’s candidacy “the biggest fairy tale I’ve ever seen”.
  • January 10th, 2008: New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, speaking on behalf of the Clinton campaign, says, in reference to Obama, “You can’t shuck and jive at a press conference. All those moves you can make with the press don’t work when you’re in someone’s living room.”
  • January 13th, 2008: BET Founder and Clinton surrogate Bob Johnson says, “I am frankly insulted that the Obama campaign would imply that we are so stupid that we would think Hillary and Bill Clinton, who have been deeply and emotionally involved in black issues since Barack Obama was doing something in the neighborhood – and I won’t say what he was doing, but he said it in the book – when they have been involved,” an obvious reference to Obama’s teenage drug use.

    After Shaheen and Kerrey, I was willing to give Clinton the benefit of the doubt. But this past week, they really pulled out the big guns. Drug use, racial slurs, attacking MLK Jr. – if you still don’t think the Clintons are running a racist campaign, you aren’t paying attention.

  • 3 thoughts on “Playing Dirty

    1. Of all the people she could have stood side by side with today, why Bob Johnson? On the eve of the possibility of electing the first African American or woman as President of the United States, why on earth would Hillary Clinton associate herself with a man that has spent his life’s work trying to profit of the exploitation of African Americans, African American women and girls in particular?
      Bob Johnson stands for everything Hillary Clinton OUGHT to be against. This man single-handedly set the cause of African Americans back hundreds of years. His exploitation of Black women and girls is particularly morally repugnant. Hillary Clinton is supposed to be a defender of the American worker, yet Bob Johnson made his billions at Black Entertainment Television by notoriously paying his on air talent slave wages.
      To be sitting up in a the pulpit of a Black church grinning and laughing side by side with this multimedia crack cocaine dealer and pimp is the slap in the face of every Black woman and girl in this country.
      Instead of repeating Bob Johnson’s comments on Senator Obama wholesale, reporters should be asking him about the circumstances under which his wife and BET cofounder left the company. They should ask him about his “relations” with the female executives at his company. They should ask him why his own sister allegedly sued him and whether Johnson properly paid his taxes. All of these issues are raised in Johnson’s biography, The Billion-Dollar Bet. Bob Johnson is not an African American leader, he is a bottom feeder.
      Let us not forget that for SIX YEARS Bob Johnson skirting broadcasting rules to broadcast some of the most vile disgusting depictions of African American women in cable television history. BET’s “ Uncut “ featured such cultural gems as:
      “What That Thing Smell Like”, by Black Jesus
      Shake It Like a Pitbull, by Cold Cannons
      F@#king, by David Banner feat. Jazze Pha –
      “P#$$y Licker“, DJ Slim –
      “I Got That Drank“, Frayser Boy feat. Mike Jones and Paul Wall –
      “Let Me See You’re @$$ Drop“, Joker the Bailbondsman –
      “P#$$y Poppin’“, by Ludacris feat. Shawnna and Lil Fate
      This is not okay. Would Hillary Clinton sit in a church pulpit with Larry Flint or Hugh Hefner? Then why is she sitting in a pulpit with Bob Johnson? Or is she only concerned about the degradation and exploitation of White women? Does her brand of feminism extend to Black women and girls too?
      When Hillary Clinton sits side by side in an African American church with a noted misogynist and smut peddler she sends a clear message: she’s not overly concerned about the damage this man has caused African American girls and women. Does Senator Clinton care about our daughters? I don’t know. The Senator should seriously reconsider the company she is keeping. Bob Johnson is no friend of Black America or Black women and children..

    2. That’s the thing. I don’t think for a second that Hillary Clinton, in her heart of hearts, hates black people. I just think she’s shown herself more than willing to level racist attacks for the sake of winning. And that’s disgusting.

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