Sunday, August 19, 2007

Elizabeth Edwards: "It's Hard Being a White Dude," By Slant Truth

Posted on 7 August, 2007 by Thin Black Duke
Filed Under U.S. Presidential Election 2008 |

Ha! This cracks me up. In an article about how the growing web video and social networks will influence the upcoming Presidential election, Elizabeth Edwards shows that she may be paying too much attention to the MRAs and the “woe is us white people” crowds.

“In some ways, it’s the way we have to go,” Edwards says. “We can’t make John black, we can’t make him a woman. Those things get you a lot of press, worth a certain amount of fundraising dollars. Now it’s nice to get on the news, but not the be all and end all.”

Damn. Did you just read what I just read? Elizabeth Edwards just played the “what about teh menz” and the “what about teh white folks” card in a single hand. And she did so in reference to a medium that is supposed to help democratize political participation in the U.S.. Does she really expect anyone to believe that her husband is at a political disadvantage because he is a white male?

Yeah, I suspect she (and her husband) does. Nice strategy there. Play up to the anti-affirmative action crowd. It’s obvious that the history of the U.S. Presidency shows blatant discrimination toward white males, so let’s play up how good the women and the Black men have it.

Oh wait. Maybe’s she’s been spending too much time at DailyKos. Those damn Special Interests Groups are always getting in the way of Teh Revolution, according to Kos and the majority of his followers. So yeah, let’s find ways to bypass those bothersome Black folks and women and get down to what really matters: maintaining the status quo and keeping the Presidency in the hands of wealthy white men.

Or not.

Let me make this clear. This is not an endorsement of any potential Presidential candidate. This is me calling bullshit on the wife of a potential Presidential candidate blatantly using existing prejudices against Blacks and women for her husband’s political gain.

Thanks to Francis L. Holland for the heads up.

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African American Political Pundit said...

I'm glad to see that other African American bloggers are not giving E. Edwards a pass because of her illness. She should be held accountable for her ignorant remarks no matter what her health status.

Francis L. Holland Blog said...

Yeah, she's got cancer, not Alzheimers. Anyway, I think the Edwards campaign is toast, and that comment makes it unlikely that Blacks would support him as a VP nominee.

Comments like that are normal coming from Republicans, but Democrats usually manage to, at the very least, hold their tongues much more effectively. Even if they WANT to say things like that, they have to consider that half of the votes in the South Carolina Democratic Primary are Black votes.