Monday, February 25, 2008

Barack Obama Supporters Think Obama Dressed As A Muslim Is Racist


Today a "story" is being spread by Barack Obama supporters that the Hillary Clinton campaign were racist because they distributed a picture of Obama dressed as a Somali elder to some of its supporters. I put story in quotation marks because I know it to be made up.

By the Obama campaign claiming that in sending this picture out those Clinton supporters were being racist as it alludes Obama to be a Muslim , the Obama campaign is grossly mistaken. The thing is, Muslim is not a race, it's a religion.

So even granted that some Clinton supporters sent out this picture to other Clinton supporters, and granted someone can magically guess their intentions, it cannot be racist. It can be rude, religiously intolerant, or mistaken, but not racist.

Now this is even considering you know the intention behind sending the picture. The thing is no news agency does. It's very possible they sent this among some top supporters illustrating Barack Obama has a solid foreign policy position as that picture was taken on a trip among five African countries. Or that picture could have been sent among two or three women supporters saying he looks cute, as everyone knows Barack Obama is a good looking man.

The very fact that people just jump to racism is wrong, the fact that they confuse religion and race makes it all the more wrong.

13 comments:

The Grumpy Voter said...

>>Now I do believe that members in the Clinton campaign sent this photo to other Clinton supporters, but I don't believe there was any attempt at being racist.<<

Then why would Clinton staffers circulate the photo? To show how great he looks in white? Seriously, what possible reason would there be to distribute the picture?

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Anonymous said...

It could have been a private email between a series of staffers saying he looks good or that they could have said, "hey Obama has a foreign policy because he's visited so many countries," or "we should hide this because its evidence Obama is tolerant." The very fact you have no idea of the intention does mean its racist, infact it cannot be, because Muslim is not a race.
-scott

The Grumpy Voter said...

>>The very fact you have no idea of the intention does mean its racist, infact it cannot be, because Muslim is not a race.<<

Hillary Clinton = White Chick
Hillary Clinton's staff = Mostly white people.
Barack Obama = Black Dude running for President.
Barack Obama = Middle name Hussein and a father who was a muslim.

White people distribute picture of Obama (a black guy running for President) in traditional garb... and it's not racist?

Okay... you keep on keepin' on there Scotty.

Anonymous said...

IT CAN'T BE RACIST. MUSLIM IS NOT A RACE.

Are you suggesting the picture is about Obama being black?
-scott

Anonymous said...

IT CAN'T BE RACIST. MUSLIM IS NOT A RACE.

Are you suggesting the picture is about Obama being black?
-scott

The Grumpy Voter said...

>>Are you suggesting the picture is about Obama being black? <<

I'm saying that when a campaign for a white woman (or white dude) to become President whose staffers are overwhelmingly white distribute a picture of the only black guy running for President, well, if that ain't racially motivated, I don't know what is.

That he is muslim is beside the point. That he is dressed like what many people would perceive to be muslim garb is a blatant attempt to negatively stereotype the guy as being a muslim which in post 9-11 USA is apparently a bad thing, particularly when that guy is going to be President.

This was a racially motivated drive by smear of the highest order. End of story.

Anonymous said...

Sending out a picture of a black man dressed as a muslim is racist solely because it was done by a white woman?

That doesn't make sense.

That argument is the same for suggesting Hillary only chose to run for President so a black man wouldn't win. It's groundless.

-scott

The Grumpy Voter said...

>>Sending out a picture of a black man dressed as a muslim is racist solely because it was done by a white woman?<<

It is racially motivated because it was done to a black man from a white campaign. It was done to reinforce negative stereotypes. It was done to put that seed of doubt in voters minds: the guy MIGHT be a muslim and we CAN'T have a muslim President.

There is no strategic reason why they should have sent out the picture the picture at all - pundits are baffled. I've been watching this story unfold all day. The Clinton camp is not denying it was sent out by their people and they're not saying why specifically it was sent out.

Where I come from, that's called having something backfire on you... badly.

So, given that you are clearly a staunch HRC lover I will ask you. Why send out the picture?

Anonymous said...

First the picture was sent among HRC supporters, to who and how many we don't know, the context? we don't know.

I can easily see a few women supporters sending it out because they think he's cute.

I can easily see them trying to see if they could find some way that him dressing up as a muslim when not being a muslim, is religiously intolerant.

I can easily see they sent this to a few supporters because he's simply wearing clothes he doesn't ever wear.

There's literally millions of reasons, and I believe the ones I just gave are just as reasonable, if not more reasonable then attempting be religiously motivated.

As for your comment: "It is racially motivated because it was done to a black man from a white campaign." That is just wrong. Again by that reasoning in every relationship between a black person and a white person, race is always involved.

-scott

The Grumpy Voter said...

Well you keep clinging to those million reasons there Scotty. Whether this was racially motivated or not, the damage is done to her campaign as a result - the irony is the damage was done by her own people.

She is going to lose.

Anonymous said...

Okay, that is what you think. The Obama campaign have officially just said they don't consider the picture harmful and want to move on.
-scott

Anonymous said...

u know what irritates me the most, anytime someone critisizes obama, they are racist...his entourage have time and time again use the race card to defend themselves...and that in itself is racist and will bite them against the republican, if there is anything the right can do is destroy a candidate, weather he is a vietnam veteran or some left leaning wanabe, who if u listen to him carefully says nothing and is there because he lean very hard on the fact he is a shade darker than the next guy..