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View Diary: A White Woman’s Open Letter to Geraldine Ferraro, Hillary Clinton, and Nancy Pelosi (790 comments)

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    Even if Ferraro's intention was to bring up valid points of media bias with relation to black vs. white, women vs. men and all sorts of matrixed combinations therefore, it's been noted at DKos that she is using that as a means to either:

    a.  Demean another candidate

    b.  Make her favored candidate appear at an inherent disadvantage due to a combination of her first remark and the new claim

    At the very least, this is dog-whistling on racist and sexist themes:

    1.  Claims that a black man obtains a heightened level of attention and/or lack of scrutiny by virtue of being black.

    This conjures the truly racist canard used by resentful whites (and others) of "welfare queens" and kings, whether GF realizes this or not.  It's not a minor reference, but actually a significant meme that's taken hold in our society since Reagan days.

    1.  Claims that a white woman is inherently at a disadvantage in this race, through potentially biased media coverage, or something along that theme.

    In this case, we find a defensive posture being used . . . which inherently points a finger of blame in one or more directions.  Of course, the notion of a weak woman is one thing to mention . . . but, a weak, white woman brings up unfortunately clear references to old "fears" of black men subjugating white women.  Specifically, that finger of blame in this case goes out to the media again, but also to the Obama campaign and perhaps some electorate segments which have "enabled" Obama by giving him votes or other means of support.

    In neither case did Ferraro seem to provide more reasoned context on her claims or word choices, so we have to go with the cause and effect in some part, the timing and context of her statements, etc.

    Combine the notion of an entitled black candidate and an inherently powerless white, female candidate and you get racist and sexist dog-whistling, IMHO.

    I agree that inclusiveness should be key, though we might also agree that some members of our party go out of their way to not be cooperative or amenable to that big tent approach.

    "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

    by wader on Wed Mar 12, 2008 at 11:07:06 AM PDT

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