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In the old Jim Crow south, upper-class whites very rarely engaged in overt acts of racism.  Contrary to Hollywood's portrayals, the upper-class whites were largely absent from the KKK and almost never used racial slurs, considering it low-class.  

Instead, upper-class whites signaled to the lower-class whites that racism was acceptable.  They used racism to divide African-Americans and lower-class whites for economic purposes.  This is the main reason we never saw a strong union movement in the South.  

Hillary Clinton is using the tactics of upper-class whites to divide down-scale whites from African-Americans once again.  

Just because she is not overtly making racist statements herself, does not mean that these pernicious tactics are any less racist.

More after the flip (including song lyrics)

The Clinton campaign continues to attempt to make race an issue.  It gives me no pleasure to report that this morning, during an interview on MSNBC, Gen. Wesley Clark said "race and gender are a part of this as are every other aspect of a candidate's appearance and character."  WHAT???  WHy not say race and gender should not play a role.  I'm not asking that we pretend that they don't, but why validate it.  

Now, here's the test.  Imagine if an aide to John McCain were to say that "race is a part of this" in a general election against Barack Obama or that "gender is a part of this" against Hillary Clinton.  The Clinton campaign is once again using her gender as a shield for injecting race into the campaign as an issue.  

By having Ferraro make the statements and not be immediately fired (resigning on her own two days later is not the same thing), Hillary is intentionally signaling to her volunteers all the way down to phone-bankers that it is alright to use race as an issue.  

We have seen reports of Hillary volunteers using racist appeals in Ohio.  We've also seen the Hillary trolls making racist appeals on the blogs.  

This all appears to be a very carefully orchestrated on the part of the Clinton campaign; she clearly learned a few tricks during her years in Arkansas.

I am calling all Kossacks in the north east to organize and coordinate trips to Hillary Clinton rallies to stand outside and sing the old civil rights song "We Shall Overcome."  

The imagery of this song juxtaposed to a call for Hillary Clinton to fire each and every staffer who ever suggested an appeal based upon race would be absolutely devastating.  It would probably end her campaign on the spot.  

Yes We Can!!!  

We shall overcome, we shall overcome
We shall overcome some day
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe
We shall overcome some day

The Lord will see us through, the Lord will see us through
The lord will see us through some day
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe
The Lord will see us some day

We’re on to victory, we’re on to victory
We’re on to victory some day
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe
We’re on to victory some day

We’ll walk hand in hand, we’ll walk hand in hand
We’ll walk hand in hand some day
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe
We’ll walk hand in hand some day

We are not afraid, we are not afraid
We are not afraid today
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe
We are not afraid today

The truth shall make us free, the truth shall make us free
The truth shall make us free some day
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe
The truth shall make us free some day

We shall live in peace, we shall live in peace
We shall live in peace some day
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe
E shall live in peace some day

ADDED: Elections shall be fair, election shall be fair
Elections shall be fair some day
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe
Elections shall be fair some day

Originally posted to Number 8 on Thu Mar 13, 2008 at 08:47 AM PDT.

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  •  Huh? (2+ / 0-)
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    MajorFlaw, Particle Noun

    What Clark said is NOT that bad.  Let's not get stupid(er) about this.

    •  It is that bad (0+ / 0-)

      Imagine the reaction if you took either race or gender out of the equation and just said the other one.  

      What if Bob Corker had said "race is a part of this" about Harold Ford, Jr.?  We would have been posting pictures of him in Klan robes.  I was a major Clark backer going back before the draft movement, and I'm not saying he is a racist, but the Clinton campaign appears to be sending their surrogates out to attempt to make race an acceptable consideration.  It is not.

  •  Gimme a link to the Clark quote. (0+ / 0-)

    Cannot find it on google news and it sounds like one of the truism Clark uses in a larger context that are often taken out of  that context.

    However he is a loyal soldier when he comes aboard, so if he did say this in the larger context, it will be a signal that Hillary , as a campaign strategy, is handing the race card off to every surrogate if only to see which are pawns loyal enough to sacrifice themselves for the "queen".

    Clark is usually smart enough to fire an arrow from horseback rather than paint a target on himself.

    The biggest threat to America is not communism, it's moving America toward a fascist theocracy... -- Frank Zappa

    by NCrefugee on Thu Mar 13, 2008 at 09:05:25 AM PDT

    •  I typed if off the air (0+ / 0-)

      I saw it live and rewound the DVR several times to make sure I was quoting accurately.  The context was an answer to a question about the role of race in the campaign.  

      However, Clark did not say that it should not play a role.  Instead, he linked it to other real issues, which validates people basing their decisions on race.

      •  Well Clark is realistic (0+ / 0-)

        in that he knows full well that many will base their decisions on race as well as several dozen other criteria that would not be considered in a perfect world.

        There are several hundred posters here who would never vote for a retired military officer and were never shy about saying so in 04.

        Most truths are so naked that people feel sorry for them and cover them up, at least a little bit.
        -- Edward R. Murrow

        The biggest threat to America is not communism, it's moving America toward a fascist theocracy... -- Frank Zappa

        by NCrefugee on Thu Mar 13, 2008 at 10:58:50 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  I totally understand the outrage (2+ / 0-)
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    Sybil Liberty, Rorgg

    But seriously, we should try not to get pulled down the rabbit hole.  

    If we make this the central issue of the campaign, either or any campaign, we're toast.  T-O-A-S-T.

    I'm not for letting bigotry stand, but we need now to step away and take a deep breath.

  •  for me, actually... (2+ / 0-)
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    machiado, Barry in MIA

    the fact that Obama is black is indeed part of his appeal. In addition to his stand on the issues, his advisors, his rhetoric, his background as a Alinsky-type community organizer, mixed parentage, academic intellectual parents,  etc. etc., for me one reason I think he should be president is indeed that he is Black. Heck I even think his name is added bonus. I think that is a legitimate marginal plus.

    As for Clinton, her being female is also a legit plus. I would vote for her over an equally equivicating,DLC, corporate hack, triangulating, say anything all-else being equal white male democrat, all else being equal because she is a woman.

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