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Clinton tangles with Obama in 'Oppression Sweepstakes'
CNN ^ | Jan. 27, 2008 | By John Blake

Posted on 01/27/2008 12:51:59 AM PST by jdm

ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama may be competing in the South Carolina Democratic Primary Saturday, but they're also vying for the top prize in another contest: The Oppression Sweepstakes. That's how Michael Jelani Cobb, an African-American historian, describes the surge of venom that recently erupted between the Clinton and Obama camps. The sweepstakes kicks in when two excluded groups find themselves competing for the same prize. He says that took place in the 19th century when the abolitionist, Frederick Douglass and his ally, women's rights' activist, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, argued over what group should first be granted the right to vote: black men or white women. "Groups that are excluded are often concerned with other excluded groups getting ahead of them as opposed to keeping their eyes on the main issues," Cobb says. "You wind up with a lot of squabbling among the disempowered for the Oppression Sweepstakes."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: africanamericans; barackobama; billclinton; blacks; civilwar; democraticparty; democratparty; democrats; electionpresident; elections; factions; feminists; gender; hillary; hillaryclinton; interestgroups; manhaters; obama; oppression; powerstruggle; race; racebaiting; racerelations; racialfriction; racism; sexism; sweepstakes; whites
The anger, though, isn't restricted to their dueling campaign staffs. It's also spread to some African-American women voters.

Man, everyone is just a victim anymore.

1 posted on 01/27/2008 12:52:02 AM PST by jdm
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To: jdm

If women want to see “oppression” they should visit a Muslim country; blacks anywhere in Africa, with few exceptions. Both groups should be down on their knees thanking Almighty God that Providence has allowed them to live in the greatest country on Earth...the United States of America!


3 posted on 01/27/2008 1:00:16 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Second To None!)
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Yeah, Obama talks like he’s going to let whites off the hook but he doesn’t have that kind of power even if he becomes president. That’s what white Obama supporters think, that everyone is just going to get along so well and smile at each other all the time and hold no animosity towards each other. Revenge has been a key driver in many race-based initiatives. How is this one different?
4 posted on 01/27/2008 1:05:36 AM PST by TheThinker
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To: TheThinker

Didn’t Oprah, Obama’s #1 backer, once ask the white audience in her show to stand up and apologize for the slavery?


5 posted on 01/27/2008 2:10:47 AM PST by paudio (Rose: I loath and despise money! Father: You also spend it!)
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To: TheThinker

That’s totally my sneaking suspicion, especially considering the church of which Obama’s been a member of many years. I think whites are being played, and a lot of the idiots have that vague white guilt and fall for it. They’re falling all over themselves to vote for the first black president, and paying no heed to his actual record and history.


6 posted on 01/27/2008 2:17:25 AM PST by mrsmel
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To: jdm
took place in the 19th century

The dems are really stuck in the past.

7 posted on 01/27/2008 3:07:42 AM PST by hsalaw
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The coalition of collectivists is breaking up a quickly reforming itself at the same time. Kinda like that borg in Terminator 2.


8 posted on 01/27/2008 3:55:47 AM PST by PGalt
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To: jdm

And neither of these folks are qualified to be President of the US.


9 posted on 01/27/2008 4:02:23 AM PST by DooDahhhh (AMEN)
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To: DooDahhhh

Yes, I was watching on my plasma TV...and relaxing in my leather swival rocker, drinking my mocha coffee, when I saw this...and I thought the dems had been transported back to the 1930’s and the Great Depression.

Woe is me. Po folks... Iz gwown to fix everythin fo ya’ll


10 posted on 01/27/2008 4:05:07 AM PST by JaneNC (I)
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Right, they is gonna do it first chance they git......after they collect their government checks. Disgusting


11 posted on 01/27/2008 4:07:46 AM PST by DooDahhhh (AMEN)
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“Didn’t Oprah, Obama’s #1 backer, once ask the white audience in her show to stand up and apologize for the slavery?”

You have got to be kidding me! Oprah Winfrey is a racist, sure, but is she that stupid? Hell, maybe she is.


12 posted on 01/27/2008 4:09:18 AM PST by ought-six
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"You wind up with a lot of squabbling among the disempowered for the Oppression Sweepstakes."

Wow, typical racist-elitist remark, since, whatever else he is, Barak Obama is talking, talking, living proof that black Americans are NOT impressed and can even hope to achieve the highest office in are land....by getting the most black and WHITE votes, as Obama did in NC.

13 posted on 01/27/2008 4:18:35 AM PST by cake_crumb (Even if you're unable to FIGHT to save your country, you CAN vote to save it.)
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Bill and Hill will both be seen on TV crying before Super Duper Tuesday, hoping to convince silly women that they feel their pain. They have only two well-worn cards to play: the race card and the victim card. It will be entertaining to see these two charlatans try it one more time. Now that some in the msm have belatedly gotten wise to them, it will be fun to watch.


14 posted on 01/27/2008 4:19:20 AM PST by kittymyrib
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To: cake_crumb

“Impressed” was supposed to be OPPRESSED. It’s just too early in the coffeepot to be posting this morning.


15 posted on 01/27/2008 4:20:45 AM PST by cake_crumb (Even if you're unable to FIGHT to save your country, you CAN vote to save it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Amen and Amen!

Oppression sweepstakes, my pitooie.

Should either one become President, oppression in these United States will definitely increase - upon the mightily oppressed taxpaying, hardworking American citizens!


16 posted on 01/27/2008 4:30:55 AM PST by Freedom'sWorthIt
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To: paudio
What audacity to ask whites almost two centuries later to apologize for what a minority of people the same race did in the nineteenth century is nothing but guilt politics.

The main purpose of guilt politics is to extract power from your target.

Target: White America

17 posted on 01/27/2008 9:41:04 AM PST by TheThinker
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To: mrsmel
I think whites are being played, and a lot of the idiots have that vague white guilt and fall for it

Obama's useful idiots

18 posted on 01/27/2008 9:43:31 AM PST by TheThinker
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To: jdm

19 posted on 01/27/2008 11:00:39 AM PST by Gritty (There are times when Bill Clinton sounds like Jesus in the temple - Chris Matthews)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
If women want to see “oppression” they should visit a Muslim country; blacks anywhere in Africa, with few exceptions. Both groups should be down on their knees thanking Almighty God that Providence has allowed them to live in the greatest country on Earth...the United States of America!

I recently read Out of America: A Black Man Confronts Africa. From 1991 to 1994, Keith Richburg was based in Nairobi as the Africa bureau chief for the Washington Post. He saw the aftermath of the Rwandan massacre, Somalia, he saw the whole unGodly mess that Africa is today, and he became profoundly grateful that he was born in the US and not in Africa

20 posted on 01/27/2008 11:08:39 AM PST by PapaBear3625
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Whichever Dem candidate portrays themselves as the biggest victim will win the nomination. Disgusting.


21 posted on 01/27/2008 11:13:03 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Bureaucracy is a parasite that preys on Free Thought and suffocates Free Spirit.)
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The main purpose of guilt politics is to extract power from your target.

Exactly. That's why no matter what is actually achieved in the way of equality, the victimisation schtick will never end. When you don't have the numbers to overpower, you must find ways to guilt the other group into being complicit with the transfer of power. Unfortunately in present-day PC-ridden America, it works.
22 posted on 01/27/2008 11:37:42 AM PST by mrsmel
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