Is This Another Bash-America Quote From Jeremiah Wright?

Is the following quote from Barack Obama’s pastor, Rev Jeremiah Wright?

“God didn’t call America to engage in a senseless, unjust war. . . . And we are criminals in that war. We’ve committed more war crimes almost than any nation in the world, and I’m going to continue to say it. And we won’t stop it because of our pride and our arrogance as a nation. But God has a way of even putting nations in their place.  And if you don’t stop your reckless course, I’ll rise up and break the backbone of your power.”

No, it wasn’t Jeremiah Wright.  This is what Martin Luther King said about the Vietnam War at his own Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on Feb. 4, 1968:

DERRICK Z. JACKSON: Hillary and the race card – Another Must Read!!!

Political Night Train believes this is another in a series of must read articles about why Hillary Clinton is playing the race card and what it really should mean to every voter.

DERRICK Z. JACKSON

Hillary and the race card

HILLARY CLINTON’S surrogates constantly remind us of Barack Obama’s youthful cocaine use (which Obama himself wrote about to emphasize the power of redemption). Former President Bill Clinton said of Obama’s Iraq war opposition, “Give me a break. This whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I’ve ever seen.”

It is time to take a break to remember the fairy tales spun by the House of Clinton.

It increasingly appears that Hillary is unable or unwilling to break from the racial patronization of Bill. In 1993, in the same Memphis church that Martin Luther King Jr. spoke from 25 years earlier, I noted that Clinton spoke as “if African-Americans had full run of the promised land in the last 25 years.”

Clinton told the church, “We gave people the freedom to succeed.” Clinton said King would have said, “You did a good job . . . letting people . . . live wherever they want to live, go wherever they want to go . . . without regard to race, if you work hard and play by the rules.”

I wrote back then that in the broad context of the nation, no one “let” us do anything or “gave” us anything. Yes, African-Americans made progress and many white Americans aided in that progress, but it still came in the face of continued, documented redlining, workplace discrimination, and the decline of funding of public schools.

Bill Clinton hugely betrayed that progress by doing nothing as Draconian, and ultimately racist federal sentencing laws took full effect, punishing crack possession far more harshly than powdered-cocaine possession. Even though Americans use illegal drugs close to their racial percentage of the population, young black men made up the vast majority of those sentenced under crack laws. According to the Justice Policy Institute, the rate of black male imprisonment under Clinton grew from 2,800 per 100,000 to 3,620 per 100,000. As a result, 14 percent of black men lost the right to vote.

What was it that Bill Clinton said about “we gave people the freedom to succeed?”

Now, it appears that the House of Clinton, seeing that the race for the Democratic nomination is not an adoring coronation, is trickling with tricks that raise questions about how much she will toy with the race card and overplay the gender card. Her aides tried to peddle a kindergarten “essay” by Obama to mock his ambition to be president. She had to fire two volunteers in Iowa for peddling hoax e-mails about Obama being Muslim.

New Hampshire co-chairman Bill Shaheen had to resign for wondering aloud if Obama’s self-revealing cocaine use made him unelectable. Even after Shaheen’s departure, Clinton strategist Mark Penn claimed with crocodile words, “The issue related to cocaine use is not something that the campaign was in any way raising.”

This weekend, a prominent black surrogate did Shaheen’s dirty work. Robert Johnson, the shameless founder of Black Entertainment Network, the man who became a billionaire off grotesque, booty-shaking, thug-glorifying music videos, boasted at a Clinton rally in South Carolina how the House of Clinton is so “deeply and emotionally involved in black issues.” He said they were involved while “Barack Obama was doing something in the neighborhood – and I won’t say what he was doing, but he said it in the book.”

Obama has not been without fault in the patronization game. He made a dumb move in the New Hampshire debates by telling Clinton, “you’re likable enough” when Clinton was answering a question about her likability quotient. But this pales next to the steady drip, drip, drip of stereotyping from the Clinton camp of a lazy, drug-using, Muslim black man who believes in fairy tales. It also pales to the gender-card whining of Bill on Hillary’s behalf, saying in the 11th hour in New Hampshire, “I can’t make her younger, taller, male.” You have not yet heard Obama surrogates moaning they can’t make Obama older or female.

Hillary Clinton herself fanned the fumes of patronization when she reached clumsily for an analogy that appeared to link Obama and King to simplistic hopers and dreamers, while it took a white man, President Johnson, to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Up to now, the Democratic race has been a victorious story of Americans saying they found it hard to choose between Obama, Clinton, and John Edwards, with issues and personality mattering more than gender or race. Let us hope the candidates, particularly Hillary Clinton, remember that, before they divide the Democrats into a bitter, weakened bunch for November.

Derrick Z. Jackson’s e-mail address is jackson@globe.com. 

Alissa Griffith Speaks Out On Hillary’s Comments About Dr. King – MUST READ!

Political Night Train believes the following article is one of the most revealing about Hillary Clinton so far.  This is a must read for anyone who cares about this campaign.

Maybe It’s Just Me: Hillary Clinton doesn’t care about black America

Published Wednesday, January 16, 2008.

Alissa Griffith / Columnist / ag180505@ohiou.edu
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Remember “yo mama” jokes? You would say something to rude about someone, and they would reply, “yo mama.” Then of course, a fight would ensue because no one talks about your mother. Now imagine if 12 percent of the country agreed with you and the person saying “yo mama” was actually Hillary Clinton, and “yo mama” was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Maybe that will explain the major verbal blunder committed by presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton this week.

It is an unspoken but always observed rule among black people in this country: No one should ever say anything that can be interpreted as something negative against Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ever. And Clinton’s latest blunder has raised more than eyebrows around the country.

Even people my age (who only know MLK through stories, museums, books and the day off from school) know that to say anything diminishing his accomplishments would be the wrong thing to say.

I almost, almost feel bad for Hillary. I mean, it’s politics. Hopefuls say all sorts of things, and it gets no media attention. Why should she be criticized for minimizing Martin Luther King Jr.’s accomplishments as an example while trying to explain why she would be the best choice for the Democratic nomination? Why shouldn’t she be allowed to think that black people owe former President Lyndon Johnson for the freedoms that they enjoy today? Why shouldn’t she think that things like water hoses sprayed on peaceful protestors, dogs biting at children, people walking to work for a year and sit-ins resulting in arrests pale in comparison to politicians in Washington? I mean, Lyndon Johnson could have written a letter from the Birmingham jail. Right? Couldn’t he have endured his house being bombed? He could live with the knowledge every day that his father was no longer around because he was lynched for being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time. Right? Black people would still be sitting at segregated lunch counters if Lyndon Johnson had not so graciously felt sorry for them and in good conscience decided that they should be allowed to integrate like normal citizens. Right, Hillary? Wrong. Lyndon Johnson may have signed the act into law, but the literal blood, sweat and tears of Martin Luther King Jr., other civil rights workers and countless nameless faceless people are what caused MLK’s dream to be realized.

Moreover, the comment would have been largely ignored by the media if not for the fact that the Clinton clan has always pushed itself off as the hope for Black America, the ultimate advocate in Washington and the first “black” president. Kind of scary to think that the very people who claim to represent black people would call the prospect of America electing a black president a “fairy tale” and commit the cardinal sin of insulting MLK Jr.’s accomplishments. Although Hillary accused her opponent of distorting her quote, “Dr. King’s dream began to be realized when President Lyndon Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It took a president to get it done,” is pretty clear to me. Speaking of famous quotes, ironically, MLK Jr. once said, “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” Too bad the hope for black America doesn’t agree.

Then again, maybe the “we love black people” charade is finally over, and black people in this country can wake up. The Clintons don’t care about black people; they care about poor black people. It’s the soft bigotry of low expectations. They care about those who pose no threat to their dynasty.

Hillary’s careless comment leaves room to wonder what in the world she believes. I say, give her a mic more often and perhaps she will finally shock blinders off of eyes. But maybe it’s just me.

Alissa Griffith is a junior journalism major. Send her an e-mail at ag180505@ohiou.edu.