by Melissa Clouthier | December 9, 2007 3:15 pm
Can identity politics get any more ridiculous? In trying to establish cred with minorities, civil rights leader Andrew Young says what could be nominated for the most ridiculous quote this electoral season:
In a media interview posted online, Young also quipped that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton has her husband behind her, and that “Bill is every bit as black as Barack.”
“He’s probably gone with more black women than Barack,” Young said of former President Clinton, drawing laughter from a live television audience. Young, 75, was quick to follow his comment on Bill Clinton with the disclaimer, “I’m clowning.”
Are you kidding me?
Imagine if you will, a live televised talk extolling Rudy Giuliani’s prowess with Latino women. Imagine the hew and cry on the Right, never mind the Left. It would be perceived as racist, because, well, it’s racist.
Has the Left completely gone mad? In the search for a colorblind society the standard to measure a leader’s worth is how many black women a man has bedded. This is such a disturbing message on so many levels.
First, it glorifies promiscuity in a community that suffers disproportionately from STDs, HIV, single motherhood, addiction and gang violence. The measure of a black man (or white man who’s more black than a black man) is his education, his work ethic, his dedication to family and friends.
Second, it is patently racist and sexist to define a man’s worth by notches in his belt. Why would this statement elicit giggles from the audience there?
Third, what the hell does this have to do with Hillary? We should vote for her because her husband was/is a slut or more specifically, a bigger slut than Barack Obama was when he was a younger man goes Young’s reasoning.
And the more offensive comments come later:
Young went on to say that Obama needs a protective network that he currently lacks – a quality that could hurt him if he were to be elected. He said Hillary Clinton already has that kind of network, including her husband to back her up.
“There are more black people that Bill and Hillary lean on,” Young said. “You cannot be president alone. … To put a brother in there by himself is to set him up for crucifixion. His time will come and the world will be ready for a visionary leadership.”
Do we consider Rudy or Fred or Mike’s spouses as a “wife to back him up”? No, we don’t. And Hillary doesn’t need this kind of help. Young illuminates the obvious. There are many, many people who are voting for Hillary hoping Bill will take the reins. And it’s true, Bill sucks the oxygen out of any room he’s in.
So Hillary is portrayed by her own supporter as someone we should vote for because she has a husband who is a sexual powerhouse and more black than Obama. It makes her look weak both morally (what woman puts up with a slutty husband) and leadership-wise.
Hillary wouldn’t be here for Bill. Oh, and Bill Clinton can’t keep it in his pants. Thanks, Andrew Young for the reminder.
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