Geraldine Ferraro, the first female vp democratic candidate (I believe she ran with Walter Mondale in 1984), said yesterday that Barack Obama wouldn’t be where he is in the race were he not Black. According to the Baltimore Sun, she said EXACTLY the same thing about Jesse Jackson back when he was running for president.
As a Black American, I am deeply angered by her comments. Last I checked, being “Black” wasn’t that much of an asset in the United States, or anywhere else in the world for that matter. If you’re Black, it doesn’t matter how many degrees and how much money you have, YOU STILL GET FOLLOWED AROUND IN NORDSTROM LIKE YOU ARE A THIEF. I doubt it’s any different on the campaign trail…since had Obama been behind in delegates, there wouldn’t even be a conversation about re-votes in Michigan and Florida…and the lack of that conversation would be BECAUSE HE’S BLACK.
I, like most Black Superwomen, sometimes get clouded because I think that gender actually bonds women together and that White women would be more sensitive to our issues because we are “sisters.” It may sometimes, but what I’ve realized is that when “power” is at issue, our White sisters will abandon us without a moment’s notice. Based on Hilary’s campaign over the past few weeks, I’m feeling that everything Hilary is anti-Black…and that’s not good.
*Right after I posted this, Ferraro stepped down from her position on Clinton’s finance committee. This only after she said that her comments were meant to say how great it was that African Americans had come out to support “their candidate”..insinuating that we are the only people voting for him. What pipe is she smoking? Last I heard on CNN, Obama was getting votes from the “latte drinkers”….which means White folks, ya dig?