THE GROFF/ELLISON POLITICAL REPORT

Race Card…Again

Posted in Uncategorized by groffellison on June 26, 2008

And now Ralph Nader.  In some very bizarre comments in the Rocky Mountain News (click here for transcript and video) presidential contender and former candidate Ralph Nader said that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama was trying to “talk white” and that he wasn’t talking enough about issues affecting the “ghetto” in this campaign. 

We are baffled by Nader’s comments.  What was he trying to prove or exposure?  Or maybe it was a cheap ploy for attention?  Whatever the reason Nader’s comments were out of bounds and a cheap shot at someone who has proven that he can attend to issues specific to African Americans, and by the way poor whites, Hispanic and others, and engage the larger problems facing Illinois and America. 

Maybe it is news to Nader that Obama is running for President of the United States of America and not President of the Black People of America.  He is a candidate who happens to be African American who understands, like most African American elected officials under 50 years old, that attacking the larger issues of health care, education and economic stability will limit or eliminate the sub issues of “…Payday loans, predatory lending, asbestos, lead..” in Nader’s ghetto. 

Obama has shown that a person of color can run a national campaign on the larger issues and garner tremendous support from people of color who clearly have politically matured past the point of Nader’s old school bigotry.  A bigorty that pigeonholes African American candidates in this “ghetto” issue debate that separates the issues from their root causes, no access to health care, bad public education and lack of economic opportunities.  Issues by the way that also affect poor whites, women and Hispanics. 

We had hoped the campaign would be bigger than moments like this and maybe it will be, however, it seems that there will be people who are ready to reshackle African Americans despite the greatness of the time. 

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