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Black Congressmen Declare Racism In Palinís Rhetoric
The New York Observer ^ | October 7, 2008 | Jason Horowitz

Posted on 10/07/2008 6:30:03 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

As the McCain campaign ratchets up the intensity of its attacks on Barack Obama, some black elected officials are calling the tactics desperate, unseemly and racist.

“They are trying to throw out these codes,” said Representative Gregory Meeks, a Democrat from New York.

“He’s ‘not one of us?’” Mr. Meeks said, referring to a comment Sarah Palin made at a campaign rally on Oct. 6 in Florida. “That’s racial. That’s fear. They know they can’t win on the issues, so the last resort they have is race and fear.”

“Racism is alive and well in this country, and McCain and Palin are trying to appeal to that and it’s unfortunate,” said Representative Ed Towns, also from New York.

In recent days, as polls have shown a steady lead for the Democratic ticket, Mr. McCain and Ms. Palin have used reports of Mr. Obama’s loose association with Bill Ayers, a former member of the ’60s radical group the Weather Underground, as evidence that he is different from them.

“Our opponent,” Ms. Palin told donors in Englewood, Colo., “is someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect, imperfect enough, that he’s palling around with terrorists who would target their own country.”

She added, “This is not a man who sees America like you and I see America,” she said. “We see America as a force of good in this world. We see an America of exceptionalism.”

An Associated Press analysis characterized those remarks as “unsubstantiated” and carrying “a racially tinged subtext.”

Neither Mr. McCain nor Ms. Palin has backed off the line of attack.

Again invoking Mr. Obama’s intermittent encounters with Mr. Ayers, Mr. McCain asked a crowd in Albuquerque, N.M., on Oct. 6, “Who is the real Barack Obama?” Someone in the crowd screamed in reply, “a terrorist!” Mr. McCain grimaced, but kept going.

Before Ms. Palin took the stage in Estero, Fla., at the Oct. 6 event, one of the introductory speakers, Mike Scott, the sheriff of Lee County, referred to the Democratic candidate as “Barack Hussein Obama,” a practice the McCain campaign has distanced itself from in the past. Apparently, no longer. Ms. Palin also said that she had advised Mr. McCain to “take the gloves off” and said Mr. Obama was “not one of us.”

David Bositis, senior political analyst at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and an expert on African-American issues, said that most Americans were too busy worrying about their economic future to concentrate on Mr. McCain’s comments on the stump. To the extent that people were listening, though, he said his remarks would be “not just crossing the line but introducing serious ugliness into the race.”

Other black members of Congress, all Democrats who support Mr. Obama, said they were dismayed by the new and vicious tenor of the McCain attacks.

“If McCain’s attacks don’t cross the line, they’re certainly teetering on it,” said Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. of Illinois. “He is certainly appealing to people’s fears and not their hopes.”

Mr. Jackson took issue with the McCain campaign’s attack on Mr. Obama’s connection to Mr. Ayers, who committed acts of domestic terrorism when Mr. Obama was 8 years old, and contrasted that with Mr. McCain’s long relationships with erstwhile supporters of segregation in the Senate like Jesse Helms and Strom Thurmond.

“Should McCain be held responsible for having served with segregationalists when he was 8 years old, 18 years old, 28 years old, 38 years old, 48 years old, 58 years old, 68 years old?” Mr. Jackson said. “Did he ever meet with any of them? Did he ever conference with them or work with them? Did McCain quit the Senate instead of work with them?”

He added: “Did Sarah Palin throw her husband out of the house for advocating secession from the union?”

“I guess they are suggesting that he is a terrorist; it’s just patently absurd,” said Representative Bobby Scott of Virginia. “John McCain himself said he wouldn’t participate in such things, but I guess that changes when you’re losing.”

“Some may say their true colors are showing,” said Representative Yvette Clarke of New York. “Others may say they’re just not being thoughtful. But certainly a lot of the language I’ve heard I consider to be incendiary. I believe it is meant to generate a certain sentiment within their base that engenders fear and certainly appeals to a group of people within our society who would pursue this along racial lines.

“It’s very clear,” she said.

Ms. Clarke also found a racial subtext in Ms. Palin’s repeated appeals to “Joe Six-Pack” and “hockey moms.”

“Who exactly is Joe Six-Pack and who are these hockey moms? That’s what I’d like to know,” she said. “Is that supposed to be terminology that is of common ground to all Americans? I don’t find that. It leaves a lot of people out.”

New York State Senator Bill Perkins, an early supporter of Mr. Obama, said, “They are obviously playing on people’s fears and prejudices in a desperate way. While not explicitly relating to race, they are clearly creating the opportunity for those inclined to come to those conclusions. I think it is going to become more explicit as we move forward. It’s subtle now, but not so subtle as to be mistaken.”

And Kevin Parker, a New York state senator from Brooklyn, said, “If you have to remind people that Barack Obama is African-American, you have reached the bottom.”

In response to the Obama supporters’ comments, McCain campaign spokesman Peter Feldman provided the following statement: “It is disappointing that Barack Obama and his supporters continue to play the race card from the bottom of the deck. This is a tactic that the Obama Campaign has used before, and which McCain campaign manager Rick Davis correctly called ‘divisive, shameful, and wrong.’ It is legitimate for John McCain to ask questions about Barack Obama’s relationship with the unrepentant domestic terrorist William Ayers because Senator Obama has not been truthful about this relationship. Many Americans want these questions answered. Despite the fact that Barack Obama has been running for president since joining the Senate, many Americans are still wondering, ‘who is Barack Obama?’ These comments are a sure sign of a flailing campaign that refuses to be honest with voters and that is bordering on desperation.”

The Obama campaign did not respond to requests for comment by deadline.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; ayers; cbc; edtowns; election; electionpresident; elections; gregorymeeks; mccain; obama; palin; palinattacks; pds; pms; sarahpalin; waronsarah; yvetteclarke
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So now ANY criticism of Senator Obama is racist?
1 posted on 10/07/2008 6:30:04 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It ain’t because he’s black, it’s because he’s RED!


2 posted on 10/07/2008 6:32:57 PM PDT by Islander7 (The only thing Obama has to fear is the truth!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

October Surprise: Obama plays the race card to instill fear of nation wide riots.


3 posted on 10/07/2008 6:33:18 PM PDT by realcleanguy ("I have not yet begun to fight")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Palin could say the phrase “black bear” and they’d think it was racist.


4 posted on 10/07/2008 6:33:31 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine (Is /sarc really necessary?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What white democrats don’t seem to get is if, this man Obama is elected, any and every thing that goes against him will become racist. You will not be able to disagree with any policy no matter what or you will be tagged a racist. So look out Americans because you will be muzzled.


5 posted on 10/07/2008 6:34:35 PM PDT by usslsm51
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

False accusations of racism, especially when used repeatedly as a dishonest tactic to silence opponents, is an extremely vile form of racism. That makes these Congressmen vile racists.


6 posted on 10/07/2008 6:34:47 PM PDT by sourcery (Nothing should ever be considered true beyond reasonable doubt until the MSM officially denies it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Time to take these race baiters on. A prominent conservative BlACK must respond immediately to these ridiculous claims.


7 posted on 10/07/2008 6:35:44 PM PDT by LeonardFMason
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To: Pearls Before Swine
Rep. Meeks isn't that you on tape saying that to an auditor at Fanne?
8 posted on 10/07/2008 6:35:57 PM PDT by scooby321 (Cai)
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To: Pearls Before Swine
Rep. Meeks isn't that you on tape saying that to an auditor at Fanne?
9 posted on 10/07/2008 6:35:59 PM PDT by scooby321 (Cai)
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Rep. Meeks isn't that you on tape saying that to an auditor at Fanne?
10 posted on 10/07/2008 6:35:59 PM PDT by scooby321 (Cai)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Representative Gregory Meeks is just another puke who hates Eskimos and the people married to them.


11 posted on 10/07/2008 6:36:16 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t like blacks

more than I like Red White and Blue


12 posted on 10/07/2008 6:36:24 PM PDT by TomasUSMC ( FIGHT LIKE WW2, FINISH LIKE WW2. FIGHT LIKE NAM, FINISH LIKE NAM)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
If you're going to be accused of being a racist no matter what you say you may as well lay it out like it is and ask:

Do you really want a black bastard in our White House?...(of course "White House" is also racist)

post pulled....1....2....3....

13 posted on 10/07/2008 6:36:54 PM PDT by lewislynn (What does the global warming movement and the Fairtax movement have in common? Disinformation)
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To: sourcery

“That makes these Congressmen vile racists.”

The fact that this even needs to be explained is embarrassing. Matter of factly, the only candidates who have made racist comments in this election have clearly been:

1) Obama

2) His running mate (and directed at Obama!)

So call Obama out on being the racist pig. The shoe certainly fits.


14 posted on 10/07/2008 6:37:19 PM PDT by CaspersGh0sts
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Crying racism is right out of Saul Alinsky’s book, and Obama’s bible, “Rules for Radicals”.


15 posted on 10/07/2008 6:41:01 PM PDT by Paperdoll (On the cutting edge.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I smell fear from the racist Democrats.


16 posted on 10/07/2008 6:43:36 PM PDT by impeachedrapist (Bill Clinton, as Arkansas Attorney General did you make Juanita Broaddrick pay for her rape kit?)
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To: lewislynn

Maybe Charlie Manson was right after all.....


17 posted on 10/07/2008 6:44:14 PM PDT by Loud Mime (Fight Racism, Vote McCain!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“so now any criticism of senator obama is racist?”

of course. any words, deeds, gestures, mannerisms, thoughts and expressions can be construed as racism; that is because all whites are inherently racist, that they are racist in their bones, souls and hearts. one can never go wrong in accusing white people of racism.

(but black racism? no such thing.)

/sarcasm/

IMHO


18 posted on 10/07/2008 6:47:12 PM PDT by ripley
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My cat farted. My cat is a racist!


19 posted on 10/07/2008 6:49:54 PM PDT by JaguarXKE
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To: Loud Mime
Maybe Charlie Manson was right after all.....

Hillary nods in agreement....

20 posted on 10/07/2008 6:49:56 PM PDT by digger48
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