Pointing out the sun

Geraldine Ferraro… Shes not saying anything new. She’s talking from a privileged upper class white elitist point of view. Mrs. Ferraro said some questionable things about Senator Obama and his race. I’m not perturbed as much that she would say it, I’m more upset that in doing so she tried to devalue and denigrate senator Obama’s character, personality and merit and reduce him to just a lucky person who is riding on some fad.

With Mrs. Ferraro fails to realize that absolutely NO ONE in this world would be in the position they are if it weren’t for their sex and/or race, shes basically pointing out the sun. What she has done is commit a classic miss step that privileged people have done for years. They try to talk candidly about race, they try to act as if they can level with people and talk about “real things”. What Mrs. Ferraro and others who’ve made similar comments fail to realize is that race/gender/nationality are things that we have no control over. We cant pick and choose who we are, what gender we are, or where we are born; but all of these things are integral parts of who we are. They fail to realize that many people of other races and socio-economic groups face facts and realities of life that they only read about or see on the 6 o’clock news.

In her derisive comments and her attempt to abate senator obama; she cheapened her own accomplishments, she reduced Senator Clintons merit and she outed herself as a closeted bigot. She acts as if his being a black man is a political plus. When in all actuality, if senator obama was white the only focus and media attention would be on his issues and campaigning. Every other primary wouldn’t focus so strongly on his command of the “black vote” and people wouldn’t talk about how clean he looks or how well he speaks. No one would be in the same position they are in politically, socially or financially if they were anything or anyone other than themselves. And for her to say that people are only attacking her because she’s white is such a half truth. We are attacking her because shes foolish, indignant and WHITE.

The things that makes white privilege a privilege is that those with it don’t even know they have it. Its just an unspoken fact of life for them. Its in their subconscious. She can sit around an spew all her ignorance and claim that people are being racists to her; This lady couldn’t even BEGIN to realize what racism in America is [ I’m actually offended that she’s pulling the race card]. The fact of the matter is that she will NEVER know how it feels to be a black man [or any minority for that matter] she will never know anything else besides her lily white upper class elitist way of life, to say that his race is the only thing that got Senator Obama this far utterly absurd. The fact that he made it this far,as a black man, speaks even more as testament of his abilities, persistence and character.

But hey who am I to judge? If this is what she wants to be remembered for than by all means lady, go ahead.

About julian watkins
I'm a young doctor living in the Miami area. I try to live life to the fullest every day. I love music, movies, art, running, politics, books, traveling, pretty girls and cool looking stuff. I started this blog in Medical School and I'll try to keep it up throughout my residency. I'll take everything one day, one photo, one song at a time.

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