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  •  Clinton said this: (none)
    "You had a rap singer here last night named Sister Soulja. I defend her right to express herself through music, but her comments before and after Los Angeles were filled with a kind of hatred that you do not honor today and tonight. Just listen to this, what she said. She told the Washington Post about a month ago, and I quote, 'if black people kill black people every day, why not have a week and kill white people?' Last year she said, 'you can't call me or any black person anywhere in the world racist. We don't have the power to do to white people what white people have done to us. And even if we did, we don't have that lowdown, dirty nature. If there are any good white people, I haven't met them.'"

    How is that "keeping black people in their place"?  She said a biggoted comment, and Clinton condemned her for it.

    •  Precisely why (none)
      it should not have been used here.  Brazile is no Sistah Souljah - it was very insensitive.

      "Just say no to torture." -Semi-Anonymous Blogger.

      by Armando on Tue Feb 01, 2005 at 05:14:47 PM PST

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    •  misquote (none)
      What I've read about this thing is that he misquoted her anyway.  When she said that, she was describing the state of mind of someone else who felt that way.  She wasn't even advocating it (shooting white people) as a solution.

      Anyway, that's kind of a third side of the issue.  There was the point Clinton was making (a good point), who he used to make it (SS didn't deserve it), and the political motivations Clinton intended (probably just a straight talk conversation - remember him telling union workers that their jobs wouldn't come back?), and the political motivations ascribed to it (a racist "put them in their place" kind of pandering).

      Anyway, that's how I've always looked at it.  I thought Clinton was unfair about it, but not racist.

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