Thursday, June 26, 2008

Nader: Does Obama Want to "Talk White?"

Groan. Ralph Nader, who many cite as the reason Bush won Florida, and thus the election, in 2000, is running for President again. Obviously he has no chance of doing anything except possibly handing another election to the GOP, but besides that, he truly needs to think before speaking.

In an interview with the Rocky Mountain News, Nader was asked if he thought Obama was any better than any other recent Democratic candidate. His response:
"There's only one thing different about Barack Obama when it comes to being a Democratic presidential candidate. He's half African-American. Whether that will make any difference, I don't know. I haven't heard him have a strong crackdown on economic exploitation in the ghettos. Payday loans, predatory lending, asbestos, lead. What's keeping him from doing that? Is it because he wants to talk white? He doesn't want to appear like Jesse Jackson? We'll see all that play out in the next few months and if he gets elected afterwards."
Asked again about his comment, he continued:
"Do you think he's trying to, what was your term, 'talk white?'"

Nader: "Of course. I mean, first of all, the number one thing that a black American politician aspiring to the presidency should be is to candidly describe the plight of the poor, especially in the inner cities and the rural areas, and have a very detailed platform about how the poor is going to be defended by the law, is going to be protected by the law, and is going to be liberated by the law. Haven't heard a thing."
Watch the video, from Rocky Mountain News, broadcast June 24, 2008.

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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nader has a legitimate point when he says that Obama doesn't speak to the plight of the inner-city poor. But why does he have to run for president to make his point? There is no way in heck he'd ever win, and he may derail a democratic victory (although I can't believe many people would vote for him after the effect his candidacy had on the previous election).

Note to Ralph, stick to your blog.

Anonymous said...

Wait, so in order to sound "black" instead of "white" a candidate has to talk about the poor and the ghettos? Does he seriously think all African-Americans have an intimate connection to a ghetto, or that being black and being poor are connected? All his statement did for me was make me like him less, not Obama. I can't see how what he talks about changes his race, and if he's trying to say that you have to focus on poor people to get black votes, I think it comes out racist. Black does not equal poor, and poor does not equal black. Sure, there are a lot of poor blacks, just like there are a lot of poor whites and poor Hispanics. Even if you seriously feel there is a link between race and economic standing, it's in poor taste to say so. He's been campaigning forever, he should have a better sense of political correctness than that.

Anonymous said...

I read Nader today with distaste. Graduating in '68 from a liberal arts school, I actually revered Ralph Nader. However, years passed, and the Nader of 2000 reared his ugly head. Was it the prolonged mid-life crisis of a man who couldn't simply buy a gas-guzzling V-8 as an assuagement for unease? Was it the deep-rooted disappointment of an unappreciated savior wanting revenge? Whatever, he inserted himself into that 2000 race, and I'll never forgive him. Nader must accept that his actions threw the election to Bush and produced actual disastrous effects on policy and people's lives. Shut up and go home, Nader.

Anonymous said...

I'm confused by people that say Nader was responsible for Bush getting elected. Bush was not elected by the people. He was elected by the Supreme Court.

portable media player said...

Graduating in '68 from a liberal arts school, I actually revered Ralph Nader. However, years passed, and the Nader of 2000 reared his ugly head. Was it the prolonged mid-life crisis of a man who couldn't simply buy a gas-guzzling V-8 as an assuagement for unease?