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Obama ‘Talking White’

Yes, Nader said that in an interview with Rocky Mountain News.

There’s only one thing different about Barack Obama when it comes to being a Democratic presidential candidate. He’s half African-American. Whether that will make any difference, I don’t know. I haven’t heard him have a strong crackdown on economic exploitation in the ghettos. Payday loans, predatory lending, asbestos, lead. What’s keeping him from doing that? Is it because he wants to talk white? He doesn’t want to appear like Jesse Jackson? We’ll see all that play out in the next few months and if he gets elected afterwards.

The Obama campaign called the remarks “downright delusional and reprehensible.” The Nader campaign responded,

Obama’s abstract campaign has been delusional and irresponsible when it comes to avoiding concrete policies that truly defend and empower the 100 million Americans living in poverty or near poverty.

The Caucus referred to Nader’s comments as racially inflammatory. Nader seems right on from my perspective.   Maybe he should have avoided the word crackdown but that  hardly makes him a racist. Its about time Obama is taken to task for health care, sub prime mortgages, and voting against interest rate caps. At least Nader’s comments put real issues front and center.

It looks like the campaign chatter continues. Obama accuses Nader of “not paying attention to his speeches”. The cynic could ask, which one, because he probably said two different things. In The Swamp, Nader further clarifies what he means by white.

Whether in the form of the corporate power structure or many of the super-rich — who are taking advantage of 100 million low-income Americans who are suffering in poverty or near poverty.

What is clear here is Nader is using “whiteness” to refer to a power relationship not a racial one.  Obama is “talking white” is synonymous to “talking corporate”. We all know if Nader came out and said Obama is “talking corporate” the corporate news media would have went on their merry way. In order for the corporate media to pay attention Nader was required to translate it into “racial terms”. In the end this probably says more about the racial centric corporate media than anything else.

The facts remain, if “acting white” or “acting corporate”, Obama has sold out the American people on health care, energy, and sub prime interest rates. Let’s not forget if Obama did not vote a against a 30% cap, which is too high in itself,  the financial crisis of sub prime lending would never have occurred.  I do not think you can argue on one hand that the diasaterous policy of sub prime lending has hurt the African American community the most, and then on other hand give Obama a pass on voting against the 30% cap. If that’s not “acting white” in both senses of the word, I don’t know what is.

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3 responses to “Obama ‘Talking White’

  1. Keith Schmitz ⋅

    Well, at least Obama’s reply had a lot more class than Nader’s statement. Ralph is making it very challenging to keep in mind his fantastic contributions to this country.

  2. Yea sure, the same kind of class in which one would have the complete arrogance to create ones own presidential seal. Obama reminds me of Bush more every day. I suppose in your liberalocity you would even rationalize Obama’s support of FISA. Didn’t he promise a filibuster. Thank goodness Feingold hasn’t drunken the Obama kool aid yet.

  3. Nathaniel ⋅

    This is off topic (it is closer to Iraq war comments though still not directly about that war), but do you think Obama’s comments supporting Israel was an attempt to warn off Iran as I’ve seen some say? Or should they be taken in a different context?

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