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  •  Uniqueness (0+ / 0-)

    I do think that some of the success that both Hillary and Obama have had is because of their race and gender. They are historic firsts. It is just silly and naive to think otherwise. It makes for great media. I believe both candidates have received preferential treatment in this election process, on the flip side, both have been unfairly criticized, especially Hillary.

    Ferraro makes a valid point regarding media bias that "that there was a perception that it's okay to be sexist, but it's not okay to be racist." Obama, "the candidate" benefits from that perception. I do not think that Ferraro was suggesting that "Obama's success was exclusively the result of his being a black male," but is part of his appeal. She also went on to say that "if he was a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position [as front runner for the Dem nomination]". She has a point, but she should have discussed the issues more carefully.

    Does this make me both a sexist and a racist? If you think so, then we'll need to peacefully agree to disagree.

    •  Your arguments are disconnected from reality (0+ / 0-)

      I'm not calling you a racist or a sexist - I have no idea why you're thinking that, and to make the accusation that I have is dishonest.

      It's not about "discussing the issues more carefully". Ferraro attributes Obama's success to his being a male. If Obama were a woman, she conjectures, Clinton would be running away with this nomination. Furthermore, if he were white, he would have no luster either.

      This marginalizes Obama's talent, rhetoric, platform and record. It is identity politics of the worst kind.

      I think you're projecting yourself onto Ferraro. It's true that both Obama and Clinton have both benefited and been hurt from their race and gender. If you want to make that argument, you can. But don't apply your own correct line of thinking to the disgusting statements that Ferraro made, she wasn't suggesting what you're talking about at all.

      She says clearly:

      Sexism is harder to deal with than racism.

      Had Obama either been white or a woman, his entire campaign would have been worthless.

      Her rhetoric is transparently clear, and you're distorting it to make it sound better than it really is.

      Taking Daily Kos back, one anti-McCain diary at a time.

      by bhagamu on Wed Mar 12, 2008 at 09:52:02 AM PDT

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